I recently joined an entrepreneur’s club called the Coeur d’ Alene Collective. We are all involved with creative, innovative, self-owned and self-driven work. Our first goal is to make ourselves better, in every way possible. We strive to gain more knowledge and wisdom, improve our performance at work, and increase our affluence and appreciate for life and all its pleasantries. Our second goal is to use the advancements we make in achieving our first goal to positively affect our community. I’m proud to be a part of it and am excited to see where it goes.

As part of the membership, we go through “self-help” books four times a year. This year’s has been started with Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS
by Shirzad Chamine.

At first glance, the title means little. Like an empty promise. “Oh, the power of a positive attitude will save your soul!” It rings hallow in the mind of a habitual realist (I refuse to call myself a pessimist). Indeed, it is true that expectation seemingly affects outcomes just as much as the work, but that seems different to me.

In the inside flap there was an image of a speedometer like gauge running up to 100. At the low end, it read IQ, topping out at 20. Mid way, up to about 40, was EQ. Then near the top was PQ. Interesting, I thought. IQ and EQ are surely referring to “Intelligence Quotient” and “Emotional Quotient”. We all know IQ is a “measure” of your intelligence. EQ, I have seen before in various places. The most notable in my mind was an upper level Interpersonal Communication college course I took several years ago. EQ is roughly described as your understanding of “emotional intelligence”. In other words, how well do you understand your emotional state and reactions, as well as those of others.

So PQ was listed here along with IQ and EQ, and not on an equal level either. I found it interesting that the author would not place IQ and EQ on equal footing already, so seeing this “Positive Intelligence Quotient” (as the first chapter later reveals it to be) far above them was perplexing, but intriguing nonetheless. Hearkening back to that Interpersonal Communications course, I quickly thought that this is making a statement about the power that positivity has over your personal mental state and your relationships with others.

Positive Intelligence Speedometer

Interesting indeed, and I’m already aware of Erikson’s Law of Expectation, so I expect there is good information within these pages that I can use to my benefit. Further, I’m reading it as part of a group of like-minded people and this one comes more highly recommended by some of the more successful members than any other book. I look forward to seeing what it’s all about and detailing my experiences on Modern Aristotle. I invite you to join me and share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

The next post will follow in a few days. Be sure to come back and see what happens.

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