Two years ago, I heard Patrick Lencioni talk about a new framework that he was utilizing, and it captured my attention immediately. When the assessment became available that fall, I took it. And our staff team took it. And every new hire we’ve made since has taken it.

What’s the framework? The 6 Types of Working Genius.

Patrick’s book on this framework was just published. I read it yesterday afternoon and was impressed once again with the simplicity, elegance, and power of the Working Genius profiles.

If you haven’t read the book yet – seriously – stop reading and go order it right now. It’s that good.

Who among us has not become frustrated at work, either with ourselves, our responses to what we’re doing, or with our team members and how they are working?

From the book jacket: “The 6 Types of Working Genius is the fastest way to help people identify the type of work that brings them joy and energy – and avoid work that leads to frustration and burnout.”

Yes, please.

This is a simple and practical framework that you can implement quickly, and that will improve your productivity quickly.

Here’s the framework overview:

Every person on your team (including you, leaders) has two of these areas as their areas of working GENIUS; two of them as your areas of working COMPETENCE; and two of them as your areas of working FRUSTRATION. When you spend too much time in the frustration or competence part, your joy and energy drop. By understanding and helping each team member maximize their time in their areas of working GENIUS, you maximize the power and productivity of your team’s greatest assets.

This framework can revolutionize how we work and how we build teams. If you’re only reading one book this quarter, this should be the one. I’ve recommended this to so many of my coaching clients, and the ones who’ve checked it out have commented how much it has changed the way they think about their work and their teams. You can take the Working Genius assessment here.

What are you reading these days that you would recommend?


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