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Only 20% of teams ever achieve
80% of their potential.

Is your team one of the 20% of High Performers, or one of the 80% that is settling for less?

Does your team struggle with:

  • Lack of trust
  • Lack of transparency and collaboration
  • Lack of purpose
  • Lack of engagement
  • Lack of focus on top priorities
  • Lack of accountability

The source of these problems is NOT a lack of training or skills. It is a lack of “Mental Fitness,” the ability to respond to life’s challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset. Most training creates short-lived positivity that fizzles soon after the event.

But breakthroughs in neuroscience and behavior management have revealed a proven process for bringing out the best in people consistently and bringing that increased resilience to their teams and their work.

By focusing just 2% of your time each week, you can build the Mental Fitness of your team, create the PQ Powered culture you need, and get the results you want in a way that brings deep fulfillment.

You CAN Create a team culture with:

  • Lower stress and higher fulfilment
  • High retentions of the best people
  • Laser-like focus on the most important projects
  • Increased sales and client satisfaction
  • Improved relationships, trust, and collaboration
  • Increase employee engagement and enthusiasm

Schedule a strategy session with a team development specialist to create a plan to drastically increase the impact of YOUR team.

Mental Fitness


Your capacity to respond to life's challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset.


  • Peak performance
  • Peace of mind/wellness
  • Healthier relationships
Diagram of positive negative mindset

Program Backed by Breakthrough Research

Research Included:

  • Hundreds of CEOs
  • Sales, operations, and technology teams
  • Stanford students
  • Elite athletes
  • 500,000 participants from 50 countries

The research reveals:

  • Saboteurs and Sage live in entirely different regions of the brain
  • You can cause a dramatic shift in brain activation to weaken Saboteurs and boost Sage
  • 3 core mental muscles constitute mental fitness: Saboteur Interceptor Muscle, Sage Muscle, Self-Command Muscle
  • Positive change comes from 20% insight and 80% muscle: this program strengthens both

About Shirzad

Shirzad is the author of the New York Times bestselling Positive Intelligence. He has been the CEO of the largest coach training organization in the world, having trained faculty at Stanford and Yale business schools.

Shirzad lectures on Positive Intelligence at Stanford University, where he guides graduate students through his popular six-week PQ training. A preeminent C-suite advisor, Shirzad has coached hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. His background includes PhD studies in neuroscience in addition to a BA in psychology, an MS in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford.

Shiraz Candid Profile Photo

The PQ Program

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Build Mental Muscle

Like physical fitness, a list of exercises on its own isn't enough to build strength, and only adds stress.

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Root Cause

Surface level tactics like "active listening" don't treat the root issues holding your team back.

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One Operating System

Most trainings have a new framework to remember. Our system offers one solution no matter the goal.

What we've heard

Program results

By investing 2% of your time, you can increase individual & team performance by 10-50%

A PQ Powered team needs to have the right foundation, otherwise they will keep doing the same thing expecting different results.

What impact is your team having?

Every leader wants their team to produce better results. We measure a team by the results they create - and the way they get those results. But finding what is really holding them back can be frustrating.

How does your team show up in key situations?

But to produce results, teams need skills.
Teams must be able to function skillfully and effectively in a wide variety of situations. Organizations spend billions trying to train their way out of performance problems.

How are you ensuring that your team is consistently growing?

But training people only once rarely works. To get consistent results, leaders must continuously develop their people, hopefully getting a return on their investment.

Does your team culture support the best well-being and performance of your people?

Teams only thrive in the right environment. The right team culture inspires individuals to do their best, implement their skills fully, look out for each other and stakeholders, and do their work in a way that fulfills them.

How are you bringing about growth at the deepest level in your people?

A team is only as strong as its people. For a team culture to be strong, the members of the team must be mentally fit and positive; able to bounce back from difficulties and help others to do the same.

What leaders are saying

"The Positive Intelligence model is a brilliant breakthrough as it defines, measures, and improves your awareness of your own performance and happiness. It also helps solve the mystery of why so many smart people still fail to be successful."

Jim Lanzone
Chief Digital Officer, CBS

"I have found this to be one of the very top experiences I’ve had in the past 34 years with my company. The impact on me personally has been profound, and the business impact is evident."

Bonnie Curtis
Former VP, Product Supply, P&G

The Positive Intelligence Program

Significant, measurable, and lasting success for your employees




4 Pillars of a PQ Powered Team

Triple Purpose

The team is committed to each member’s continuous growth towards self-actualization, and inspired by positive impact on others.

Earned Trust

Team is a safe place for people to be transparent and authentic, admit to mistakes and shortcomings, and feel supported and cared for by one another. 

Healthy Conflict

Members are upfront and direct in challenging each other’s ideas and positions as a way of arriving at best solutions.

Mutual Accountability

Team members hold each other accountable for both results and conduct, as opposed to waiting for team leader to do so.

PQ Powered Culture Formula

Greater Team Impact

Ultimately, a team is measured by the impact it has and how it approaches situations. Team Impact is increased as they accomplish more in a better way.
What impact is your team having (in the world)?

Stronger Team Capabilities

Teams must be able to function effectively and thoughtfully in a wide variety of situations. Team Capabilities are consistently utilized, and training initiatives fully implemented.
How does your team show up in key situations?

Continual Growth

To get results, everyone on the team must be good at what they do and at working together. Team Growth is consistently supported to stay ahead of the curve.
How is your team consistently getting better?

Optimal Team Culture

To do the right thing the right way, a team must have an environment that brings out the best in everyone. Team Culture is strengthened, expanded, and a powerful source of focus.
Does your team culture bring out everyone’s best?

Mentally Fit Team Players

For a team culture to be strong, the members of the team must be mentally fit and positive. Team Players know how to overcome adversity, see the opportunity in every situation, and consistently follow through.
Are the people on your team consistently at their best?

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Mental Fitness Program Overview

Building a mentally fit culture will take commitment, but it's worth it.

How to level up your team

What's included in your program and annual subscription

1: Leadership Team Mental Fitness Program

  • Our flagship app-guided program Positive Intelligence. Includes weekly one-hour video sessions, daily Mental Fitness reminders
  • Seven facilitated accountability-sessions with your Certified PQ Coach
  • Audio and PDF versions of NYT bestselling book Positive Intelligence

2: PQ Powered Teams Module for the Executive Team

  • Executive team kick-off session
  • Four Pillars of PQ Powered Teams modules:
    – Triple-Purpose
    – Earned Trust
    – Mutual Accountability
    – Healthy Conflict
  • Additional PQ Powered Team skill modules

3: Employee Mental Fitness Program

  • Flagship six-week app-guided PQ program for all employees
  • All employees can invite immediate family members to participate in the six-week PQ program

4: PQ Application Modules

  • PQ application modules focused on high impact topics such as: conflict management, relationship building, stress management, parenting, creativity, and many more.

5. Support

  • Quarterly C-Level Meetings with Positive Intelligence founder, Shirzad Chamine, to discuss real-time examples of applying PQ within organizations.
  • Your dedicated Customer Success Manager

What leaders are saying

“Lasting and transformative impact on me and others in my organization.”

Lisa Stevens, Region President
Wells Fargo Bank

“A must for any individual or team serious about unleashing peak performance.”

Dean Morton, Former COO

“Positive Intelligence can change your life and transform your business. A real game changer.”

James D. White, President & CEO
Jamba Juice

Weekly 1-hour Video Sessions

In these highly engaging sessions, Shirzad guides you through experiential exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the mental fitness tools. You leave inspired and energized for the week's daily practices.

Positive Intelligence App

Exclusive App guiding your daily practice

Each day a different focus for daily practice is assigned through a personalized companion app available exclusively to program participants. This builds one small muscle at a time, laying down new neural pathways to form lasting positive habits of your mind. The cumulative impact by program's end is substantial.

Interactive PQ Gym

Innovative 10-second PQ Reps build up your Self-Command muscle. You learn to be clear-headed and calm even in the midst of great challenges, able to command your mind to shift from Saboteur to Sage response.

Daily Progress Tracking

The app tracks your daily progress against minimum targets associated with new neural pathway (muscle) formation. Personalized daily coaching tips from Shirzad continue to both encourage and challenge you to keep going.

Ongoing Program Modules

Continue to build your mental muscles through new modules

Personal Growth

  • Stress Management
  • Conflict Manangement
  • Relationships/Trust
  • Creativity
  • Communication/Feedback
  • Parenting
  • Resilience
  • Self Actualization

Professional Growth

  • Career/Life Planning
  • PQ Powered Team (team module)
  • Productivity: Time/Energy/Focus
  • Job Satisfaction/Design
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Leading Others (Leader only)
  • Persuasion/Presentation/Story Telling
  • Coaching Others

Praise for PQ

What leaders are saying

“Most of the trainings I’ve done fizzle out very quickly. I started this program a year ago and its impact on me keeps growing. It has been life changing on so many levels. I’m so much more effective and have so much less stress in every area of my life — from blowing past revenue targets at work, to far more fulfilling relationships at home.”

Bruce Zali
VP of Sales & Marketing
Promise Technology

 “This has been the most impactful training I ever experienced. You develop powerful mental muscles to deal with challenges with much less stress and greater clarity, creativity, and resilience. Every sales professional would benefit greatly from this.”

Adam McGraw
Sales VP & GM,
American Express

“What is new and life changing is the ‘mind control,’ the ability to ‘let go’ when any negative feelings take over. This program has given me the ability to be in the driver seat of my life.”

Nathalie Brys
General Counsel

“This is the best ‘training’ I’ve done in my 37 years here… I personally have experienced a new sense of energy, engagement and possibility both at work and at home — and I am actually getting full nights of sleep!”

Gale Beckett
Former VP, Quality Assurance, P&G

“I am much calmer and have a greater sense of happiness than I have felt in years. I feel physically lighter, and my energy is higher. Sage is now present all of the time.
I sleep better, eat better, exercise better.”

Sandi Sandiland
Head of Global Sales P&D

“All my life I thought my high achievements were impossible without feeling constant stress. I’ve now learned to achieve even more with a calm and clear mind. I’m now enjoying every day, not just the final accomplishments. At the end of the quarter, I don’t feel the need for a long vacation anymore.”

Sharon Pinedo
Head of Sales (Workplace)

“This workshop changed my life. I’m working half as hard and generating twice the results. It’s amazing what’s possible when you use these powerful tools.”

Brad Fisher
Executive Director
Featherstone Holdings

“This has been an extraordinary gift for my team. The concepts are phenomenal -- a true revelation in the way to think and handle work and life’s challenges. Besides the lasting impact on myself, I’ve loved hearing how many people this has touched in my company.”

Jessica Herrin
Stella & Dot

“This has been a profound growth experience. I now consistently feel joy and calm in the middle of handling the many challenges of running my company.  Almost a feeling of ‘Throw it at me… I can handle it' - like I want more challenges now, as if nothing is too much.”

Becky Sharpe
Collegiate Sports Data

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