We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Shirzad Charmine, delivering his phenomenal programme to you with additional support and coaching throughout from a trained PQ coach.
There are three key elements to the seven-week programme.
A weekly video session
In these highly engaging one-hour recorded sessions, Shirzad explains the underlying theory and talks you through the mental fitness tools you’ll be using. He guides you through experiential exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the process, leaving you inspired and energised for your daily practice sessions – your reps.
Practice, practice, practice! 15 minutes a day will do it. And the app will help you.
The app gives you a different focus for each day’s practice.
It gives you the first eight chapters of Shirzad’s book.
And it gives you a range of innovative 10-second PQ reps to help 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.
The app tracks your daily progress against minimum targets associated with new neural pathway (muscle) formation. This process of ‘doing your reps’ builds one small muscle at a time, laying down new neural pathways to form lasting positive habits of mind. The cumulative impact by the end of the programme is amazing!
Personalised daily coaching tips from Shirzad both encourage and challenge you to keep going. Even after the programme has finished – you still have access to all the tools and guidance on the app for another twelve months.
At the same time, you can get encouragement and share experiences with the global cohort community. The app will link you in with everyone else who starts the programme the same day you do – across the world. Benefit from their positive energy – and give them some of yours!
Coaching and support
The number of unused gym memberships shows that we struggle to stick to a physical fitness programme unless we have the support of a personal coach. It’s just the same for a mental fitness programme.
You’ll work in a small support and accountability ‘pod’ of between three and six people, with Rosanne Bernard as your mental fitness coach. She’s a fully trained PQ coach (and an ICF-credentialed Professional Certified Coach).
She’ll facilitate a weekly ‘pod’ meeting for everyone to check in, review their progress, discuss any challenges in practice, help set targets for the following week, and answer any questions about the programme and the ‘reps’.
Rosanne will also spend up to two hours over the course of the programme just with you, on a one-to-one basis, to help make sure you make the most of the programme and to help you deal with any issues arising – which may have nothing to do with the programme itself.
Week 1: Boost Your Self-Command ‘muscle’
The schedule is built around the release of the videos. So on the Wednesday before your first ‘pod’ session we’ll send you the link so that you can download the app. Over the next couple of days you can do the online self-assessment (which only takes two minutes) and then on the Saturday your first video will be released. If you can, watch it over the week-end, when you’re most relaxed, receptive – and positive!
Do a few reps over the week-end and some more on Monday and then the first ‘pod’ session with Rosanne will be on the Tuesday morning, at 9am, to run through the key points from the video, discuss how you’re getting on with the reps and, in later weeks, to pick up on any issues from the previous week’s module. Pod sessions will then take place at the same time each week for the next six weeks (seven weeks in all).
In the first week you’ll learn all about the innovative 10-second PQ reps that boost your self-command. They help enable you to run your brain using Self-command 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.
- Try out and discover the PQ reps that are most effective for you. Reach the minimum target for PQ reps/day to achieve your ‘neural rewiring’ goal within 6 weeks.
- Use the app’s breakthrough PQ Charge Meter to ensure optimal brain activation before important activities.
- And declare an audacious aspiration – what you want to achieve through this programme. We’re much more likely to stick to a commitment if we declare it, so share it with your ‘pod’ (or just with Rosanne if you prefer – the choice is yours).
Week 2: Intercept the Judge Saboteur
For this whole week, you’ll work on intercepting and weakening the most damaging Saboteur, the Judge. You’ll discover how judging yourself, others, and circumstances is a key source of stress and can seriously damage your performance. Most people find their Judge to be far more prevalent and damaging than they’d suspected.
- Expose your Judge’s hidden lies, limiting beliefs, and negative patterns.
- Reveal your Judge’s impact on performance, relationships, and stress.
- Practise intercepting your Judge before it hijacks you.
- Rewire your negative neural pathways by redirecting the Judge response.
Week 3: Intercept your Accomplice Saboteurs
Every villain has an accomplice! This week you’ll intercept and weaken the top accomplice to your Judge Saboteur, identified through your Saboteur Assessment from the following: Avoider, Controller, Hyper-Achiever, Hyper-Rational, Hyper-Vigilant, Pleaser, Restless, Stickler, Victim.
- Expose your accomplice Saboteur’s hidden lies, limiting beliefs and negative patterns.
- Reveal this Saboteur’s impact on performance, relationships, and stress.
- Discover how to quickly intercept this Saboteur before it hijacks you.
- Rewire your negative neural pathways by redirecting this Saboteur’s response.
Week 4: Shift from Saboteur to Sage
After weakening your Saboteurs, it’s 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 – when you give it the chance!
- Practise the Sage perspective that every outcome or circumstance can be turned into a gift and opportunity.
- Use the ‘3 gifts’ technique to find the opportunity in setbacks.
- Replace draining self-judgement with energising self-acceptance and empathy.
- Boost speed of recovery from failures and setbacks.
Week 5: Boost the Sage powers
The Sage region of the brain enables 5 primary powers. Analogous to the 3 primary colours, these 5 powers recombine to form all of the emotional intelligence competencies considered crucial to professional success.
- Augment your mental toolbox with the 5 Sage powers.
- Practise 3 techniques to activate each power.
- Know when to use which power—the right tool at the right time.
- Boost your emotional intelligence through combinations of the 5 primary powers.
Week 6: Take clear-headed, laser-focused action
In our final week, you’ll use your Sage’s Navigate and Activate powers to take clear-headed, laser-focused, decisive action.
- Use your Sage’s Navigate power to align your actions with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
- Use your Sage’s Activate power to act without fear or emotional distractions even in the midst of great crises.
- Discover your Sage’s deep wisdom, far surpassing your analytical intelligence.
- Discover how your Sage generates your highest performance while enjoying every step—being ‘in the zone’.
Week 7: Sustain the momentum
Just when you thought it was all over! In this final session, you’ll discover how to continue using your PQ tools for a variety of work and life applications.
- Learn how to use your PQ tools to help you reach peak performance in selling and persuading, conquering stress, managing conflict, and mastering relationships
- Discover how to use the PQ app to maintain your new mental muscles and Sage habits
- Chart your path to keep progressing towards your audacious aspirations
- Establish support and accountability agreements to sustain your momentum
See the feedback from some of the people who’ve been through this programme with Rosanne:
I have known Rosanne for a number of years now and have worked with her on several courses on how people can improve their communication skills. I have just been working on the Positive Intelligence course with her, created by Shirzad Chamine, and I can only say that it has changed my life. The secret to the success of the course is simply the attention to detail, the ease of being able to understand the concepts of how we sabotage ourselves, and the practical ways to engage the Sage, or kind, part of our brain. It leads to less internal and external conflict and less judging. Rosanne ran the course with complete compassion and kindness. At times it wasn’t easy because you’re required to really look at yourself and be honest about which of the nine saboteurs are sabotaging you, but once you identify these then you can start to defeat them. This course is simply brilliant because it is not a one-off day of training like so many of these courses are. It is all about repetition in order to get the brain to engage the Sage part and weaken its Saboteur part. I was worried that once the course finished I would revert back to my old self but that hasn’t happened and using the exercises and materials from the course I am navigating a much happier, productive and kinder course through life.
Mat Thorneton Field
I’ve worked with Rosanne on a number of projects but most recently on the Positive Intelligence programme. I had a number of questions prior to committing to the programme and she was incredibly generous with her time to answer questions and ensure it was the right choice for me. The programme itself was without a doubt a catalyst for change and Rosanne’s support throughout was invaluable. Her professionalism and ability to create a safe yet challenging space was absolutely key to the group’s success and I’d have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her Positive Intelligence coaching programme.
Katie Heath (executive coach, career consultant)
I undertook the Positive Intelligence programme with Rosanne and have found it invaluable in providing me with useful tools to help focus the mind, identify potential conflict points and to build a more positive and productive pathway through my actions and relationships with others. The pre-assessment session clearly identified my main saboteur tendencies (stickler, hyper-rational and avoider) and I now feel that I have developed techniques through the course to respond effectively to combat these default tendencies. The course does require a sustained level of commitment in order to practice and reinforce the learning to improve my mental fitness, but I found the pragmatic and supportive approach of the video sessions and daily challenges has proved very rewarding and insightful.
IT Business Analyst
Shirzad Chamine’s research involved MRI brain scans. Within 6-8 weeks of subjects undergoing his mental fitness training there were clear signs of:
- Increased grey matter in the PQ Brain region, where your Sage ‘lives’
- Decreased grey matter in the Survivor Brain region, where your Saboteurs ‘live’
Some of his corporate clients have shared the results they’ve seen as a result of his programme:
- At MetLife, trained salespeople outsold the control group by 37%
- Motorola recorded improved productivity in 93% of trained employees
- A UK restaurant group saw 34% greater profit growth
- At Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceutical, the average salesperson sold $55,200 more per month
- At L’Oreal, the programme resulted in a $91,370 increase per sales person
Other clients reporting great results include P&G, Google, Philips, PayPal, Facebook, Amazon, Hewlett Packard, Yale University, and Salesforce.
And independent researchers validated the initial test results, based on a first sample group of 275,000 people from a broad range of organisations, professions, and occupations. They found:
- Salespeople sell 37% more
- Project teams perform 31% better on key performance metrics
- Negotiators are more likely to gain concessions and close deals
- Students perform significantly better on maths tests
- CEOs are more likely to lead happy teams who report their work climate to be conducive to high performance
- A comparison of sixty teams showed that a team’s PQ was the greatest predictor of its achievement
- Employees take fewer sick days and are less likely to become burned out or quit
- Higher PQ results in enhanced immune system functioning, lower levels of stress-related hormones, lower blood pressure, less pain, fewer colds, better sleep, and a smaller likelihood of having hypertension, diabetes, or strokes
- High PQ leads to an almost 10-year increase in lifespan (based on historical data extrapolation by independent researchers)