PQ Fitness Program

Learn the Skills to Thrive in Challenging Times 

Positive Intelligence (PQ) is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science validated by over half a million participants in 50 countries.

PQ is a measure of the strength of positive mental muscles (Sage) versus negative ones (Saboteur).  

Saboteurs react to challenges in ways that generate negative emotions such as stress, disappointment, self-doubt, regret, anger, shame, guilt, or worry.

The Sage handles challenges through positive emotions like empathy, gratitude, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and calm, clear-headed, laser-focused action. 

The relative strength of the positive Sage versus the negative Saboteurs is called PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient).  

PQ is a measure of mental fitness. It's a predictor of how happy people are and how well they perform relative to their potential. 

Research shows that PQ significantly increases with practice and habits

This program dramatically improves performance and productivity and helps individuals respond to challenging life situations with a calm, clear, and happier mind.  

What is PQ?

Saboteurs and Sage

Intercept Your Saboteurs

Take this Free 5-min  Assessment to see how you sabotage yourself.

Strengthen Your Sage Powers

Take this 2-minute Assessment to measure the strength of your Sage Powers.

Proven Results

Dramatic increases in performance and productivity. 

A calm, clear, and happier mind.

PQ is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science tested by 500,000 individuals in 50 countries including hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams, world-class athletes, and professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.

Program Schedule

Online and App-Based Program with Live Coaching

Each week you access a one-hour video lesson on Monday with New York Times bestselling author and Stanford University Professor, Shirzad Chamine.  Then, from Tuesday through Friday, you access the PQ Phone App for 15 minutes each day to get you out of theory and build your PQ mental muscles through exercises and practice. There is a live coaching session with a PQ Coach on Thursday each week to debrief the activities and discuss how you are applying them.

Week 1: Boost Your Self-Command Muscle

The first week you learn innovative 10-second PQ Reps that boost your self-command. This enables you to run your brain rather than being run by your Saboteur-hijacked brain. Self-command is key to intercepting unhelpful mental habits and rewiring your brain to respond more effectively. 

Week 2: Intercept the Judge Saboteur

For this entire week, you'll intercept and weaken the most damaging Saboteur, the Judge. You discover how judging yourself, others, and circumstances is a crucial source of your stress and quite damaging to your performance. Most participants discover their Judge to be far more prevalent and harmful than they suspected.

Week 3: Intercept your Accomplice Saboteurs

This week you intercept and weaken the top accomplice to your Judge Saboteur, identified through the Saboteur Assessment from the following: Avoider, Controller, Hyper-Achiever, Hyper-Rational, Hyper-Vigilant, Pleaser, Restless, Stickler, Victim.

Week 4: Shift From Saboteur to Sage

After weakening your Saboteurs, it is now time to strengthen your Sage, the counterpart to your Saboteurs. Your Sage lives in an entirely different part of your brain, generates all your positive emotions, and achieves peak performance through a calm and clear mind.

Week 5: Boost the Sage Powers

The Sage region of the brain enables 5 primary powers.  Analogous to the 3 primary colors, these 5 powers recombine to form all of the emotional intelligence competencies considered crucial to professional success.

Week 6: Take Clear-Headed, Laser-Focused Action

This week, you use your Sage's Navigate and Activate powers to take clear-headed, laser-focused, decisive action.

Week 7: Sustain the Momentum

In this final session, you discover how to continue using your PQ tools for a variety of work and life applications.

Your PQ Fitness Coaches

David Langiulli is a certified professional coach (CPCC, PCC) who helps individuals flourish and thrive in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. David's experience spans the university and corporate sectors for over three decades. He’s a graduate of the Coaching Training Insitute's Leadership and Coaching programs. He holds master’s degrees in business and engineering, as well as an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics-engineering. As a volunteer, David coaches youth classes at his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Collier-Lee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  David found his way to the PQ Gym when he first read Positive Intelligence in 2013.  Since then, he quieted his inner critic (a.k.a., "Sledgehammer") and loves to help clients weaken their own Saboteurs.

Janice Cunning (CPCC, PCC) is a certified professional coach and facilitator who is passionate about partnering with individuals and teams to help them create an inspired vision that transforms lives. She was previously a Senior Consultant at KCI, Canada’s largest fundraising consulting firm. Janice earned a BA in History from Trent University, a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto and completed CTI’s Leadership program. An active volunteer, Janice recently served as Vice President and Secretary for the International Coach Federation (ICF) – Toronto Chapter. Janice met Shirzad Chamine in 2016 when she invited him to Toronto to deliver a keynote.  He lovingly called out her controller saboteur. Since then, she has learned to build her sage muscles and loves to help clients do the same.

Michelle Maloy Dillon (CPCC, PCC) is a certified professional coach who is passionate about helping clients be aware of their strengths and impact as conscious leaders. She has over twenty years of entrepreneurial business experience and brings a playful and creative mindset to her engagement with individuals and their organizations. As a coach, Michelle holds a PCC certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a CPCC certification through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). She is also a CTI faculty member. As a volunteer, Michelle provides coaching to United Nations humanitarian staff located around the world.

Coaching Pod

Research indicates a 500% increased likelihood of establishing positive new habits when supported by accountability partners. 

Every participant in the PQ Fitness Program is placed in a support and coaching group, called a Pod.

Pod members meet once a week with a PQ Coach to discuss the week's training. Pod members are also able to communicate privately with each other using the PQ Community App.

Pod Meeting Date, Time, & Duration

Pods meet live by Zoom Video with their Coaches on Thursdays at 10:30amET for 45minutes, with all Pod members having already watched the weekly video session and engaged with daily practice on the App. 


What People Say About This Program

"The Positive Intelligence (PQ) 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."

"I’m so much more effective and have so much less stress in every area of my life — from blowing past targets at work, to far more fulfilling relationships at home."

"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.

“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 team.  

"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."

"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!"

"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."

"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."

Next Cohort Starts 15-June-2020