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The 6 Types of Working Genius

By Patrick Lencioni


Pat's new book, The Six Types of Working Genius, is on track to be his biggest and most impactful book yet. In classic Lencioni fashion, Pat brings his model to life in a page-turning fable that is as relatable as it is compelling. He tells the story of Bull Brooks, an entrepreneur, husband, and father who sets out to solve his own frustration at work and stumbles into a new way of thinking that revolutionizes the way he sees his work, his team, and even his marriage. Bull's story is indicative of every man and woman who is striving to avoid burnout and find fulfillment, dignity and success in their work.

Beyond the personal discovery and instant relief that Working Genius provides, the model also gives teams a remarkably simple and practical framework for tapping into one another's natural gifts, which increases productivity and reduces unnecessary judgment.

Whether you're a team leader or entrepreneur, a front-line employee or executive or a school teacher or stay-at-home parent, this book will help you find more joy, fulfillment and success in your work and your life.



The 6 Types of Working Genius


Wonder: identifies the need for improvement or change

Invention: confirms the importance of that need, and generates an idea or solution

Discernment: assesses the merit and workability of the idea or solution

Galvanizing: generates enthusiasm and action around the idea or solution

Enablement: initiates support and assists in the implementation of the idea or solution

Tenacity: commits to ensuring that the idea or solution gets completed and that results are achieved

What People are Saying


“Nothing gave me an ‘aha’ moment like the Working Genius. It dialed in something for me that’s been a question for years. It gave me a sense of freedom.”

Michael Hyatt, New York Times best-selling author


“Patrick Lencioni does it again! In The 6 Types of Working Genius, he uses the power of story to draw in the reader, then issues an important call to action. He challenges leaders to help their people unpack their innate talents and leverage them, not just for the benefit of the organization, but for the direct benefits they can reap by living a more fulfilled life.”

Kelly Goldsmith, PhD, professor of marketing, Vanderbilt University


“After many years in marriage and business together, I questioned if my wife hated all my ideas. Before the Working Genius, I saw her discernment as conflict instead of complement. Taking the assessment was the best anniversary gift!”

Heath Ellenberger, operational partner, OrangeTheory Fitness


“This transformative book aligns perfectly with our evolving understanding of leadership, that the best teams and organizations have leaders who intentionally discover, honor, and leverage the strengths—or Genius—of their team members. I can’t wait to use this simple and actionable framework with my team.”

Jennifer McCollum, CEO, Linkage, Inc.


“The simple ten-minute assessment completely changed the way we think about our work and our people.”

Andrew Laffoon, CEO, Mixbook

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