Build Powerful Leadership Habits & Drive Innovation & Results with Positive Intelligence Quotient (PQ) Mental Fitness Training

Developing Your 3 Core Mental Muscles to Remain Calm, Clear-Headed, Stress-Free, and Positive Even amid Handling Work and Life's Greatest Challenges

John Saunders, CIMA, Founder at Forward Advisory Solutions | Optimizer | Executive Coach | Podcast Host | Author | Mentor | Speaker

  • Leadership agility
  • Change Management
  • Mental Fitness Growth
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Performance Boost
  • Self-Command
  • Conflict Management
  • Self-Confidence
  • Increase Happiness
  • Improve Empathy

Course Introduction


  • Learn, develop, and strengthen your 3 Core Mental Muscles: Self Command, Saboteur Interceptor & Sage
  • See daily measurements on the PQ app showing your Core Mental Muscle strength progress
  • Identify and understand your Judge & Accomplice Saboteurs and the lies they tell you every day
  • Through weekly live workshops and 15 minutes each day of personalized app exercises establish new neural pathways to form positive habits to consistently intercept and overcome your saboteurs, in any circumstance or challenge
  • Effectively Leverage The 5 Sage Powers as a Leader to boost daily performance & well-being and turn each challenge into a gift and opportunity
  • Grow your empathy ability, create deeper connections with your team and unleash their talent
  • Develop strong self-awareness and Improve relationships across your personal and professional life
  • Radically reduce stress in your life giving yourself the ability to be present in all engagements
  • Develop a high level of self-awareness allowing you to establish an accurate self-assessment and grow self-confidence


Your mind is constantly sabotaging your potential for both performance and happiness. All your negative emotions, including stress, are the result of self-sabotage. Most attempts at positive change fail because we stop at insight and don’t build habits. Sustained change towards a more positive mind requires laying down neural pathways to form new habits through consistent daily practice. And that’s what the interactive PQ® Program empowers you to do. You build a foundation of mental fitness by strengthening three critical mental muscles to shift the balance of power from your inner Saboteurs (your negative self) to your inner Sage (your positive self). With this foundation, you will boost your professional performance, improve your daily well-being and strengthen relationships across your life.


This curriculum is designed to create habit formation and treats the root cause, not the symptoms of mental fitness. The journey blends weekly live interactive sessions with app-guided work which includes: Daily Practice, Weekly Focus Videos, Measuring Progress, and Community Support.


This program is based on research with more than 500,000 participants from 50 countries, including CEOs, students, elite athletes, and sales, operations, and technology teams. You will be the mental fitness foundation needed to effectively tackle any challenge in your life with clear-headed, laser focus.


This is the right program for you if you are a leader across industries that is a) committed to improving your performance and effectiveness dramatically while reducing stress, b) looking for a science-based and trusted system to make it stick, and c) willing to put in the initial effort to rewire years of mental habits that don’t serve you.


The purpose of this course is to build a solid mental fitness foundation. With this mental fitness foundation, you will face each day fearlessly, improve relationships, lower stress, and make clear-headed decisions.

Course Outline



  • 8 Total 1 Hour Live Sessions
  • 15 Minutes of Daily App Guided Exercises begin on the First Tuesday
  • Weekly focus videos drop each Saturday

Orientation to the Positive Intelligence Program

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Meet your Pod Mates
  • How to use the App
  • Initial Goal Setting


Boost Self Command

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Develop mastery over your mind
  • Quiet your negative self-talk
  • Learn the 3 Core Mental Muscles
  • Understand the power of the PQ Gym
  • Activate the positive region in your brain
  • Establish goals & desired outcomes for this program


Intercept your Judge

Key Learning Objectives:

  • How to track your mental fitness progress
  • Learn the 3 modes of the Judge
  • Understand the origin of your Judge
  • Expose the lies of your judge
  • Weaken your judge
  • Understand the difference between judgment and discernment


Overcome your accomplice saboteur

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the 9 accomplice Saboteurs & the lies they tell you
  • Learn how saboteurs help and hurt you
  • Learn the 3 Core Mental Muscles
  • Weaken your top saboteur


Shift to the Sage Mindset

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the Sage perspective
  • Learn the 3 Sage gifts
  • Apply a Sage gift to your current life


Boost your Sage power of Empathy

Key Learning Objectives:

  • How to be empathetic to yourself
  • Remember exactly who the real ‘you’ is
  • How to reconnect with your true self


Take positive Sage action

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn and apply the 5 Sage powers
  • Understand and leverage the Sage innovate power
  • How to develop a collaborative innovation mindset
  • Apply the collaborative innovation mindset


Apply your PQ practice

Monday [Month, Day, Time]

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Manage your stress
  • Establishing a work/life balance
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • How to apply the Sage navigate power


8 Days

Time Segments:

1 hour session each day


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2 Assessments
1. PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient) Score Assessment - Your PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient, or Positivity Quotient for short) measures the relative strength of your positive versus negative mental muscles. PQ is the measure of your mental fitness. Take our PQ Score assessment to discover how often your mind is serving you versus sabotaging you.
2. PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient) Saboteur Assessment - Saboteurs are the voices in your head that generate negative emotions in the way you handle life’s everyday challenges. They represent automated patterns in your mind for how to think, feel, and respond. They cause all of your stress, anxiety, self-doubt, frustration, restlessness, and unhappiness. They sabotage your performance, well-being, and relationships.

Course Level:

All Levels

What’s Included: Pre-Course Materials:

The 2 PQ Assessment Personalized

What’s Included: Course Materials:

Full Access to the Member Only PQ App “Core” materials which includes daily exercises, weekly videos, progress measurement, a private community chat, the PQ gym, and the NYTimes Best Selling book: Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS


$1100 (includes training & certification)

Globally Recognized External Accreditations / Credits:


Completely online


On computers, tablets, and smartphones

Time Zone:

EST (Eastern Standard Time)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Conduct group trainings for this course in your company.


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  • Team of 3+ Get 25% discount
  • Team of 5+ Get 30% discount
  • Team of 7+ Get 35% discount
  • Team of 10+ Get 40% discount
  • Team of 20+ Get 50% discount

To obtain the team discount below, book your team in one go, and ensure you input each team members individual respective email address, Our system will automatically calculate the correct discount level. 

Discounts apply off the FULL PRICE only, and cannot be applied retrospectively if some team members have already booked. 

Early Bird Discount 

We can not combine Early Bird discounts with Team discounts, the system will give you the best discount option either Early Bird or Team, which ever is highest at the time. 

All discounts must require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive the discount.


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You will have two options for certification post-course. Either just complete all course content to obtain your Certification of Attendance or you can choose to achieve a highly valued Proqis Certified Accreditation by taking a post-course exam. If you pass you will receive a Proqis Certified Positive Intelligence Quotient Practitioner (PCPQP) Certification and a Certification of Accomplishment LinkedIn Proqis Certified Positive Intelligence Quotient Practitioner (PCPQP) Badge which you can put on your LinkedIn Profile with a click on our platform.
Proqis certified Positive Intelligence (PQ) mental fitness is a comprehensive certification designed to validate that participants have established a PQ mental fitness foundation. With this foundation, leaders across industries will have the ability and habits to face any challenge in their professional or personal lives with a positive mindset, less stress, and a clear-headed laser focus. .
Proqis certifications confirm knowledge in top emerging Business Transformation, Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence & Innovation Excellence areas that rapidly evolving and growing, and Proqis offers certifications that align with the most current and expanding fields.
Proqis certifications don’t just offer knowledge, they are created by industry leaders with years of experience in the subject matter, Proqis Certifications align with real jobs and roles within the Business Transformation, Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence & Innovation Excellence industry.
Proqis certifications are also vendor-neutral, so the knowledge gained can be applied regardless of the business environment.  They are not tied to just one product or framework.
Exam Page Benefit Text
The certified PQ exam will certify that a successful candidate has the foundational knowledge of mental fitness that will enable them to lead especially in discovering and executing collaborative, transformational change.
Exam Duration
30 minutes
Number of Questions
Exam Format
20 questions, single and multiple choice.
Passing Score

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John Saunders, CIMA, Founder at Forward Advisory Solutions | Optimizer | Executive Coach | Podcast Host | Author | Mentor | Speaker

John Saunders spent more than two decades as a Wall Street SVP, sales team leader, and award-winning sales executive. During that time, he successfully led several key initiatives including effectively redesigning how to leverage data at scale, and reshaping internal training to change the mindset and culture of the organization to innovate on behalf of clients. This led to his team building the first $1bn ETF franchise in the firm.

He followed his passion for helping others grow and drive impactful change by founding a coaching and consulting company, Forward Advisory Solutions, and wrote a book, The Optimizer: Building and Leading a Team of Serial Innovators. 

A recent coaching highlight was guiding a self-proclaimed “introverted” client and author to think differently about what was possible. This led to a week-long safari and book launch event sponsored by the Ugandan Government where Saunders found himself face-to-face with a mountain gorilla.
He holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown University. Additionally, Saunders spent years as a member of the Georgetown MBA Alumni Advisory Council, is an active angel investor, and is a formal mentor in the Georgetown MBA program.

As a lifelong learner, Saunders asserts that change is necessary in today’s business world and believes in empowering those with whom he works. In addition to writing, mentoring, and coaching, Saunders enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.

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Dates & Prices

This course will take place over a Zoom Meeting and you will receive a unique link and access details shortly after registering. 
The course will take place over Eight days, with each day comprising 1 hour of sessions. The sessions will run from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Specific time zones will vary based on dates, see below. 

Online Instructor-Led

Sept 15, 18, 25 &
Oct 2, 10, 16, 23, & 30 2023
Time Zone
EST (Eastern Standard Time)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Register before June 23, 2023 & save 40% $660 $1100


Going through the PQ cohort program with John Saunders has given me the opportunity and tools to sort through and reflect on some of my deepest challenges. It has shown me their origin and the impact these experiences have had on me and my leadership approach for years. Starting from the root problem and building habits has been a game changer for me and my business.

Hilary DeCesare

CEO & Founder, The ReLaunch Company

John is an empathetic leader who is passionate about personal and professional growth. He embodies generosity in his openness, engaging manner, and dedication to our group’s learning

Christie Myers

Founder & Coach, Christie Myers Coaching

John is a steadfast facilitator of our PQ group. I appreciate that he listens to each person without judgment, and plays back the key themes, making me feel very heard and seen. John's key traits are his supportiveness and encouragement - he really rallies behind not only meeting people where they are but also cheering them on to be a better, more vibrant version of themselves.

Katya Davydova

Leadership Facilitator, Lifelabs Learning

John has done a wonderful job facilitating our group in the PQ training. Each person is encouraged to participate and share. His knowledge of the program is extensive and his personal stories add to the experience. I'd highly recommend John to lead any team in the PQ Program!

Jennifer Takagi

Founder & CEO, Takagi Consulting

In-House In-Person or Virtual Team Training

Are you interested in having your team trained by our expert instructors. 

Want Bespoke One-2-One Coaching

Are you interested in completed bespoke tailored training for yourself.

Would Like to Speak To The Instructors

Do you specific technical questions you want to ensure the course covers


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the questions we get asked the most.

Aren't negative emotions sometimes helpful?

Some people believe that negative emotions are helpful. For example, they think stress gives them their performance edge, or beating themselves or others up is helpful for continual improvement.

Feeling pain for a split second when your hand touches a hot stove is indeed useful, delivering an important alert. But your Saboteurs keep your hand on the hot stove, continuing to feel negative emotions that harm both performance and happiness.

In this program, we learn to use negative emotions as a helpful alert, and then quickly shift to the positive region of the brain that has the calm clarity, objectivity, and creativity to handle the challenge most effectively.

What will I be able to do on completing this course?

Habit Formation:
Most training results in short-lived improvements. For sustained results, we focus on building neural pathways that form lasting new habits. That’s why we call this “mental fitness.”

Overcomer Your Root Cause of Negativity, not Symptoms:
This factor analysis research has revealed the foundational root-level enablers and disablers of optimal performance and well-being. We rewire the brain at the root cause level.

Develop all 3 Core Mental Muscles:
Mental fitness requires 3 core muscles. Saboteur Interceptor, Self-Command, and Sage. Meditation only focuses on Self-Command, which is why it is not sustained by most.

What background knowledge is necessary?

A willingness to learn, grow and be vulnerable.

Why should I pick Proqis Training Institute over any other training provider?

Proqis Training Institute conducts thorough painstaking research to identify and select best-in-class instructors. Each is fully vetted to ensure they have a strong pedigree and track record in delivering world-class engaging training. We only select instructors who are considered by their peers as the industry's most progressive thought-leaders in their field.


Furthermore, each our instructors have a background as top flight leadership-level practitioners within the world's leading brands, disruptors and major global corporations. Such a Disney, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Caesars Entertainment, Toyota and many more. 


In short, our courses deliver the very best, practical how to, what to training by the world's best experts.

What happens if I cannot make the course?

You can attend any future training within 6 months or you can send a substitute attendee. All courses once booked are non-refundable. 

I have questions about this course.

Please call us at + 1 312-496 6621 or email and we will be happy to help

Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend a class in person.

This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device. 

What background knowledge is necessary?

A basic knowledge of how a business operates is useful for understanding the concepts and actions discussed during the course.

Does this course require any prerequisites?


Who is Proqis Training Institute?

Proqis Training Institute is part of the Proqis family of companies, which are separate divisions of Global Media Research Ltd, including Proqis Digital & BTOES Insights which collectively is the world’s premier content and training platform for executives, with a particular focus in the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Strategies (BTOES) 



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