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Working Genius Workshop September 1, 2023

20% psychobabble 80% truly useful. 

Why go to all this trouble?

  • The Working Genius Model provides an assessment and framework to increase trust and cooperation among teammates.

  • Understanding why you've been successful or unsuccessful in past endeavors.

  • Clarifying which types of work give joy and energy and which types are draining and difficult.

  • Avoiding unfair and inaccurate judgments about one another’s motivation.

  • Alleviating guilt about struggles people have with certain types of work.

  • Improving dialogue and directives in team meetings.

  • Making quick and concrete adjustments to roles and responsibilities to better tap into one another’s strengths and avoid one another’s weaknesses.

  • Getting more done in less time.


People with the Genius of Wonder love to speculate and question. They ask questions like,

"Why are things the way they are? Is there a better way?" They love to sit in the ambiguity

and imagine the possibilities. People with the Genius of Wonder help create the conditions

for Invention.


People with the Genius of Invention get joy from taking on challenges and generating

solutions. They enjoy innovating from scratch and love a blank whiteboard or piece of paper

to brainstorm. Invention is the most commonly recognized Genius, but all six

Geniuses are needed to get work done.


People with the Genius of Discernment have a natural ability to evaluate the workability of

ideas. They are good curators of what’s happening around them and can recognize patterns.

They know how to connect the dots and give people good feedback across a broad range of



People with the Genius of Galvanizing love to get things moving. They are great at pushing

people out of their comfort zone and inspiring them to get started. They enjoy rallying people

around an idea and getting them moving in the right direction.


People with the Genius of Enablement make things happen. They know how to help, when to

help, and can flex to whatever the situation calls for. People with the Genius of Enablement

are people-oriented and want to help realize a vision. This Genius provides the support

needed to move solutions into the first stages of Implementation.


People with the Genius of Tenacity are task-oriented and love to take things across the finish

line. They ensure a project will have the impact it’s supposed to have and live up to

agreed-upon standards. They don’t respond to the emotional appeal of the Galvanizer but to

the need to see the work completed. They get joy and energy from checking off a box on the

“to-do” list.

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