Experiential Intelligence

Winner, Best Business Book of the Year (American Book Fest Awards)

First there was IQ to predict success. Then Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Now, Experiential Intelligence (XQ) expands our understanding of what’s needed to thrive in today’s disruptive world.

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Experiential Intelligence

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Every chapter includes a video introduction like this one. Get insights directly from Soren.

“Experiential intelligence (XQ) can make you even more successful.”
Inc. Magazine

“A new lens from which to view what makes you, you—and what makes your team and organization unique.”

Fast Company

“Experience builds real intelligence.”


“Trauma delivers strengths if you know where to look.”
Psychology Today

“Move over IQ and EQ. There’s a new way to predict success: XQ, or experiential intelligence.”


Complement your IQ (intellect) and EQ (emotional intelligence) with your unique experiences (XQ)

3 Types of Intelligence IQ EQ XQ

Tap into your hidden strengths, overcome barriers to peak performance, and achieve your personal and professional goals.


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Praise for Experiential Intelligence

President & CEO, Ascension Regional Health System
Stephanie Duggan MD

Soren has done it again! XQ is an essential concept for understanding what it takes to be successful in our rapid paced and constantly changing environment. Much as Soren’s books have deepened our understanding of innovation, XQ pushes past traditional views of intelligence to redefine what all leaders and organizations needs to build as competencies for the future.

Director of Corporate Relations & Executive Education, Center for Effective Organizations, USC Marshall School of Business
Jennifer Sparks Taylor

Experiential Intelligence delivers a simple yet powerful framework for next-generation leaders to delve deeper into how their life’s experiences shape who they are and how they show up and lead. The book broadens the lens with which we can consider how others’ life experiences add to the capabilities of our organizations, which opens new doors to what the future of inclusion holds.

Global Head of Talent & Organizational Development, NBCUniversal
Rebecca Romano

With the increased awareness of how an individual’s unique contributions and lived experiences can bring about transformation to the workplace, the new lens of Experiential Intelligence broadens the talent conversation and opens up possibilities for building a more diverse workforce.

Chief Technology Officer, Colgate-Palmolive
Pat Verduin, Ph.D.

We all intuitively understand that experiences play a role in our leadership style. Experiential Intelligence uses powerful storytelling to take us on a journey to deeply understand our own XQ and teach us how to maximize the impact it has on our leadership and business success.

Coauthor of What A Unicorn Knows: How Leading Entrepreneurs Use Lean Principles to Drive Sustainable Growth
Matthew E. May

Soren Kaplan wades courageously into a half century of deep and often polarizing research on human intellect and emerges with a brilliant synthesis that provides the much-needed third leg of the intelligence stool. Experiential Intelligence is the perfect complement to IQ and EQ.

Vice President of Philanthropy, United Nations Foundation
Valencia Bembry

The ability to understand your inherent capabilities as a product of life experiences is the essence of Experiential Intelligence. Leaders can harness XQ to unlock their own hidden strengths and that of their teams to drive transformative outcomes.

President & CEO, KQED, PBS Public Media, San Francisco
Michael Isip

Experiential Intelligence provides an enlightening look at achieving personal and professional success and satisfaction.

Executive Vice Chairman, Tupperware Brands & Former CEO, Herbalife Nutrition
Rich Goudis

Experiential Intelligence is the “third leg of the stool”, along with IQ and EQ, to comprehensively assess and build the disruptive capacity of your employees and organization.

Superintendent, Salem New Hampshire Public School District
Maura Palmer

“Learning by doing” has long been a tenet of the educational process as it motivates and promotes participation. I am grateful to finally have a book that provides concrete examples of how experiential learning can shape the mindsets, abilities, and skills that not only help students succeed, but can also lead to personal growth, development, and success for the adults who work with them!

Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Earned Life, Triggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Reframing who and how we hire is more important than ever! With shifting strategies, priorities and a quickly changing world, companies should be looking at the metrics for employees that really matter. Experiential Intelligence is the ultimate guide to equip leaders to know who has the talent they need to propel their business into the future.
Vice President, Talent & Development, Amazon Web Services & Former Chief Talent Officer at General Motors
Michael J. Arena

A long overdue blueprint to more intentionally access the mindsets, abilities, and know-how gained from your unique life experience. I highly recommend that you add this book to your learning journey.

Chief Marketing Officer of Australia & New Zealand, Accenture
Carrie Smith

Leveraging Experiential Intelligence is the new imperative for unlocking the peak potential of individuals, teams, and organizations.

President, Women Forward International
Kent Packard-Davis

In a world in which false assumptions are regularly at play in human relations, this book mines the treasures latent in all human beings and helps us welcome unknown talent in ourselves and others.

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, California State Automobile Association Insurance Group
Melissa Jones

Many successful performers don’t have Ivy League degrees, so there are clearly indicators of readiness beyond academic credentials. So, what is the comparative value of 15 years of experience? Does Experiential Intelligence deliver something a prestigious college degree does not? These are important questions to consider. From an equity perspective, we also know that both race and socioeconomics can unfairly limit education and career potential. This understanding helps companies recalibrate for and reconsider individual potential, while delivering improved access to untapped talent pools.

Senior Vice President, Talent Leaning and Insights, 3M
Kathryn J. Coleman, Ph.D

Experiential Intelligence provides an approach for how to gain self-awareness into your unique assets to foster both personal and professional growth. Soren’s book gives keen insights into how the experiences we have form our current mindsets and how to examine our own self-limiting beliefs.

Group Vice President, HCA Healthcare
Juan Sanchez

Experiential Intelligence artfully blends concrete research with compelling storytelling to clearly show what leads to success. Let Soren Kaplan guide you to higher performance as a leader and for your organization.

CEO, American Nurses Association
Dr. Loressa Cole

This must-read book delivers deep insight into how our personal and professional experiences influence how we show up and perform at work, in our relationships, and life itself.

Head of Change and Transformation, Cigna
Rachael Orleans

Experiential Intelligence reveals how to create a culture of empowerment and innovation that enables true sustainable growth and engagement.

CEO, Best Practices Institute
Louis Carter

A major game-changer for the field of transforming organizations.