Six Types of Working Genius and Ministry

Episode 297 · June 4th, 2021 · 1 hr 22 mins

About this Episode

The Working Genius Podcast by Patrick Lencioni.



-Luke killed a mouse, Gomer’s wife killed a scorpion, while Gomer was naked
-Take Gomer to the Woodshed: Nonviolence and the violence in protests follow-up

Gomer D.I.S.C. profile for staff, majority of which were “Stability” but the YM were “Innovative.” The YM is where you find the creatives and the envelope-pushers, but the rest of staff had the Stable personality, and so they hate change as a part of their personality. So you have a real reason why no one paints the walls or puts up beautiful artwork or challenges the status quo. Luke's experience of the “Catholic Creatives” working group where the culture screamed: New things are respected (and expected)!

Remember, each of the six types of working genius are verbs, it’s who you are and what you do. This idea of the verb really opened Luke to the process of the Working Genius as a process. Looking at these different approaches, however, really helped Luke see where he was strongest and weakest, where my strengths were, and also how Catching Foxes came together. Also, we both suck at Tenacity! (thanks for keeping us alive, Kate.)

A few examples:
**Discernment: **Sometimes the hyper-spiritualizing of “all things” leads to false action. We think “God put this on my heart” but that doesn’t mean we don’t think through the problems, or MAYBE that's just our way of smuggling in our ideas in a religious context. I mean, who's going to question God's will for your ministry?!

Galvanizing: We forget that we aren’t just speaking to the people in the pews, but to the staff! We need to galvanize the staff, inspire them, and move them. We need to minister to their needs in a way that gets them involved in a mission.

Enablement: No more victims of unvoiced expectations, or worse, shifting unvoiced expectations! Enablement is not the same as letting someone do their job description, but training, working with, feedback, coaching, etc. Help them do the right thing- connect and cooperate.

-Luke and I both suck at Tenacity!

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  • 6 Types of Working Genius. Is Patrick Lencioni correct with the… | by Louie Rahil, MBA | ILLUMINATION | Medium — All of these six types of working genius are required to get things done in any company. None of us are good at all of them, and everyone is good at least two. In this article, I’m going to introduce you to the Six Working Genius Tool.
  • The 6 Types of Working Genius w/ Patrick Lencioni - EntreLeadership Interview — The 6 Types of Working Genius w/ Patrick Lencioni
  • Patrick Lencioni - The 6 Types Of Working Genius | The Learning leader Show w/ Ryan Hawk - YouTube — What is a "Working Genius?” – There are 6 different types, and we all have two of them that are natural to us, that we're good at doing them, and we get energy, joy, and satisfaction from them. What about the other 4 areas? – 2 of them are Working Frustrations that drain us of our energy and passion, and in many cases, we’re not very good at them; and 2 other areas that are in between called Working Competencies, areas that we can do pretty well, maybe even really well, but that don’t necessarily give us energy or joy.
  • Home | The 6 Types of Working Genius — Far too many people in the world suffer needlessly because they don't understand their personal areas of working genius. As a result, they don't do the kind of work that gives them joy and energy, and they end up in jobs and projects that are draining and demoralizing. This is a grave tragedy on two levels. First, it leads those people to lose confidence in themselves and enthusiasm for life, which is devastating for them, their families and friends, and society as a whole. That alone is heartbreaking. Second, organizations and teams–even families–that don't tap into the true genius of their members can't come close to realizing their potential. They are left puzzled by their inability to achieve their goals. This often leads them to make inaccurate and hurtful judgements about one another, and to feel unnecessarily guilty about their own shortcomings. What makes all of this particularly tragic is that it is avoidable. The solution is for everyone–employees, managers, students and spouses–to identify their areas of working genius, as well as their areas of life-draining weakness, and to put themselves in a position to tap into their genius more and engage in their weakness less. That is what this assessment is all about.
  • ‎The Working Genius Podcast with Patrick Lencioni on Apple Podcasts — What is your Working Genius? The Working Genius podcast is designed to help people identify their natural gifts and find joy and fulfillment in their work and life.
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