Experiential Intelligence

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.

Your Experiential Intelligence—the combination of mindsets, abilities, and know-how gained from your experiences—is your unique internal fingerprint. Leverage it to:


Become a better leader


Increase team performance, collaboration, and innovation


Transform your organization's culture

Experiential Intelligence Book

Uncover your hidden assets, remove the invisible barriers holding back peak performance, and amplify strengths to achieve breakthrough for yourself, your team, and your organization.

Download Chapter One, or buy the book and get the bonus toolkit for free.

Step 1: Get Your Copy of Experiential Intelligence

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Step 2: Claim Your Free Bonus Toolkit

Buy the book from your favorite bookseller, then forward your purchase receipt to XQ@sorenkaplan.com to receive free resources to help take your XQ to the next level.

Discussion Guide

XQ Discussion Guide 2
Lead conversations about the book, concept, and tools


XQ Assessment Profile
Assess your XQ and get your personal XQ Profile

Video Library

Grow your XQ with all chapter intros plus other bonus videos


XQ PowerPoint Presentation 2
Use presentation to share an overview of XQ and apply templates from book

XQ360 Process

XQ360 Development Process
Use the XQ360 Degree Performance Evaluation Process with your team

Quote Library

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Get dozens of compelling quotes ready for posting on social media

Learn how your experiences give you smarts that complement your IQ and EQ.  XQ is intelligence for today’s disruptive world.

3 Types of Intelligence IQ EQ XQ

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Praise for Experiential Intelligence

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

People are fundamental to business success, especially in knowledge-based industries. Leveraging Experiential Intelligence is the new imperative for unlocking the peak potential of individuals, teams, and organizations.

Kent Packard-Davis
President, Women Forward International

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.

Melissa Jones
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, CSAA Insurance Group

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.

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

Experiential Intelligence provides a blueprint for how to gain self-awareness into your unique assets to foster both personal and professional growth. With people and culture as foundational to a better future, 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.

Juan Sanchez
Group Vice President, HCA Healthcare

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.

Dr. Loressa Cole
CEO, American Nurses Association

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.

Rachael Orleans
Head of Change and Transformation, Cigna

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

Louis Carter
CEO, Best Practices Institute

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