Leveraging the Six Types of Working Genius

The Working Genius is Patrick Lencioni’s newest teamwork model, which helps people understand how they can contribute to work most effectively.

The Working Genius

This tool can help individuals, leaders and teams better leverage one another’s strengths and understand how to be both productive and fulfilled at work. It is a way of assessing which part of the team-driven act of getting things accomplished you and each member of your organization is naturally good at and enjoy—and which you don’t. 

The six types are:

  • Wonder

    - pondering the possibility of greater potential and opportunity in a given situation
  • Invention

    - creating original and novel ideas and solutions
  • Discernment

    - intuitively and instinctively evaluating ideas and situations
  • Enablement

    - providing encouragement and assistance for an idea or project
  • Galvanizing

    - rallying, inspiring and organizing others to take action
  • Tenacity

    - pushing projects or tasks to completion to achieve results

The Working Genius was developed by Pat Lencioni and the Table Group. As a member of the Consultant and Practitioner Alliance, Dr. Rosie is certified to offer consulting services based on his model.

For a team to get anything done—and done well—it needs to have people with all 6 types of “working genius” present.

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Each of us, excels naturally at a couple of these, is competent at a couple more and frustrated by two others. To enjoy your work, and to actually be any good at it over the long haul, we should be spending the bulk of our time on the two in which we excel. And for a team to get anything done—and done well—you need to have people with all six types of “working genius” present.

This model can be used in a variety of ways to bring greater success and fulfillment:

  • Leadership development/coaching
  • Job alignment/adjustments
  • Team cohesion and productivity
  • Creating a common language for
  • Clarity around stages of work
📢 Effectively Navigate and Move Through Change with Confidence!

Join Rosie Ward, Ph.D. as she takes you on a journey of discovery in her new webinar series on fearless leadership.

May 23, 12-12:30 pm CDT
3 Keys to Foster Alignment & Clarity

Amidst Change!

 According to Gartner HR, our ability to cope with change has dwindled to half of what it was in 2019. So, we must be deliberate about how we lead and influence others in effectively embracing those changes.

Rosie’s 30-minute webinar will unpack three tools she uses with clients to help promote alignment and clarity, enabling them to navigate change and foster alignment with confidence and ease.


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