The Working Genius Podcast with Patrick Lencioni

By Patrick Lencioni

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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. Leadership and teamwork expert Patrick Lencioni and his team explore the Working Genius model and provide practical advice for applying this framework individually, at our jobs and in our homes. What type of work makes you thrive? Are you burning out because your job requires you to work in your areas of frustration? How can teams and families better tap into one another’s gifts? This podcast answers all these questions and more.

Episode Date
39. Working Genius and the Holidays

The holidays can be frustrating, and planning for them is work.  This week, Pat, Cody, Tracy and Beau discuss how the Working Genius model can be used to spark meaningful conversations and alleviate stress during this holiday season.

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Three questions for discussion:

  1. Which of these six activities give you joy and energy? 
  2. Which of these six activities rob you of joy and energy? 
  3. Given your responses, how does this play out during the holidays?

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Nov 18, 2022
38. What Each Genius Craves

Each of the Six Types craves something different from others.  This week, Pat, Cody, Beau and Tracy identify the one thing that each Genius type needs to feel valued, and explain why this is important for teams.  

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Oct 21, 2022
37. Make it Stick

What is the best way to embed the Working Genius into an organization's culture once the initial excitement wears off?  This week, Pat, Beau and Tracy discuss a few different things you can do to 'make it stick.'  

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Oct 07, 2022
36. Beers With the Author

The Six Types of Working Genius Book is nearly out!  This week on the Working Genius podcast, Beau sits down with Pat to pick his brain about his experiences as an author and dive in to the upcoming book.  

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Sep 21, 2022
35. Every Pairing Has a Rough Edge

Every single Working Genius pairing is uniquely gifted.  However, each one also has its own unique challenges.  This week, the Working Genius team talks about the rough edges of each pairing.  

Aug 24, 2022
34. Slow to Judge and Quick to Understand

As people, we are often quick to judge and slow to understand.  This week, the team discusses the fundamental attribution error and lays the foundation for one of the most impactful symptoms, both personally and professionally, of embracing the Working Genius model.  

Aug 12, 2022
33. WIDGET Your Progress

When carrying out a project, how do you evaluate progress?  This week, Pat, Cody and Tracy discuss how the Working Genius model not only provides an effective way to measure progress against given objectives, but also serves to illuminate and prescribe the necessary next steps.  

Jul 13, 2022
32. Non-Working Genius

Despite its name, the Six Types of Working Genius model is extremely applicable outside of work, and even on vacation.  In this episode, Pat, Cody and Beau discuss how we can use the Working Genius to more effectively plan trips, book travel, and decide what to do on vacation.  

Jun 24, 2022
31. Six for Six

For any project, all 6 Types of Working Genius are necessary, so what does it look like when a team is underrepresented in a certain area?  This week, Pat, Cody and Tracy talk about each individual Genius, and where teams get stuck without them.  

Jun 08, 2022
30. Why we Devalue our Geniuses

For some reason, many of us tend to view other peoples' Working Geniuses as more important or more impressive than our own.  This week, the team talks about the unique merits of each Genius, and how much more appreciative we are of others when we realize the true value of our own strengths.  

May 11, 2022
29. Signs of Team Success

So the members of your team have taken the assessment... how do you then measure its impact?  This week, Pat, Cody and Tracy discuss what success looks like when using the Working Genius model.  

Apr 29, 2022
28. Person on the Street: Chris Stefanick

This week, the team sits down with a good friend who happens to be one of Pat's favorite 'creative dreamers'.  Tune in to hear how Chris' Wonder and Invention impact his role as a leader.  

Apr 15, 2022
27. Don't Should on Yourself

We all tell ourselves that we should be better at certain aspects of our work or in certain areas of our life.  However, if we aren't naturally inclined to enjoy and thrive within those areas, to 'should' on ourselves is a recipe for unnecessary guilt and shame.  

Apr 01, 2022
26. Elevator Pitch

The Six Types of Working Genius is a strikingly simple model, yet there is an almost overwhelming amount of depth in its application.  So where's the hook?  This week, the team describes what we believe to be the most effective 'elevator pitch' for the Working Genius assessment.  

Mar 18, 2022
25. ALL the Pairings... Finally

Buckle up!  This week, the Working Genius team reveals all of the pairings in our longest episode yet.  

Mar 04, 2022
24. Working Genius and Parenting

We use the Working Genius model as a guide for how we show up to work.  This week, Pat, Cody and Beau discuss how you can apply it to your job as a parent.  

Feb 16, 2022
23. Make Your Conversations More Productive

In previous episodes, we've talked about the altitude of each Genius, the 3 stages of work, regulating your Genius, and the Genius of meetings.  What do you get when you roll all of these concepts together?  A new Working Genius framework that applies to any conversation at work.  

Jan 21, 2022
22. The Cure for Team Toxicity

Perhaps the most immediate benefit of the Working Genius model is how it allows us to overcome the fundamental attribution error.  This week, Pat, Cody and Tracy discuss how we can replace judgement and toxicity on our teams with understanding and grace.  

Jan 07, 2022
21. Pairings Part 2

This week, the Working Genius team covers two more pairings with help from Beau and Julie.  Tune in as we discuss IG and DT.  

Dec 24, 2021
20. When Your Genius Sucks

Every one of our Working Geniuses gives us joy and energy, but that doesn't mean they can never prove to be annoying, to others or to ourselves.  In this episode, Pat and Cody explore how each of the Six Types sometimes sucks.  

Dec 15, 2021
19. Pairings and Labels Part 1

Everyone has two Working Geniuses, which means there are 15 different potential pairings.  This week, the team reveals three of the labels that we've come up with for some of those pairings, starting with DE, DG, and ID.  

Dec 03, 2021
18. Person on the Street: Tom and Rosylyn

This week on the podcast, we debrief some Working Genius results live!  Our friends Tom and Rosylyn, who own a local business, sit down with Pat and Cody to discuss how their Geniuses show up in both their marriage and their work.  

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Nov 18, 2021
17. Here's Your Birthday Gift

This week, the team kicks off the new season of the Working Genius podcast as we celebrate the model's 1 year anniversary!  Tune in to hear Pat, Cody and Tracy discuss our Geniuses as gifts: how we need to appreciate them, how we can appreciate the gifts of others, and how our gifts remain the same over time.  

Nov 04, 2021
16. Cliffhanger

To close out this first 'season' of the Working Genius podcast, the team gets together to share what we've learned about the model, what we've been working on, and what's in store for the future.  

Jul 12, 2021
15. Rebranding Enablement

The Genius of Enablement doesn't get the credit that we think it deserves.  On this week's episode, we discuss the guilt, societal expectations, and general perceptions surrounding Enablement, and its importance on every team.  

Jun 02, 2021
14. The Truth About Burnout

For too long we thought about burnout as it relates the to the amount of work on our plate.  Pat and Cody discuss how the Working Genius provides a new paradigm for thinking about burnout as the type of work we are engaged in.

May 18, 2021
13. Holding Back Your Genius

Should we be using our areas of Genius all the time?  Pat and the team discuss why regulating our Genius in certain situations can serve our teams and families.

May 05, 2021
12. Working Genius and Your Family

We explore Working Genius in our homes. How does our type affect how we think about our families, kids, spouse, etc. Pat, Laura and Cody discuss guilt, judgement, musicals and more.

Apr 28, 2021
11. Entering the Workforce

Whether you're a recent grad or switching careers, everyone wants to get a job that they enjoy.  In this episode, the team discusses how the Working Genius assessment can be applied to finding a job that's right for you.

Apr 20, 2021
10. Understanding Discernment

What's the difference between Discernment and expertise?  This week, the team explores the nuances of the Genius of Discernment, and discusses why it is sometimes misunderstood.  

Apr 13, 2021
9. The Language of Work

One of the most effective ways to use the Working Genius assessment involves adopting the language of the model into your vocabulary at work.  This week, the team discusses the advantages of being "fluent" in the Six Types.  

Apr 06, 2021
8. Personality vs. Productivity

What exactly is it that differentiates the Six Types of Working Genius from other personality type assessments?  The team talks this week about how the Working Genius assessment is actually more of a productivity tool than a personality tool.  

Mar 30, 2021
7. Jobs, Careers and Hiring

How should you use the Working Genius assessment to find the right job, or to hire the right people?  Tune in to this week's episode to find out.  

Mar 23, 2021
6. Stop Feeling Guilty at Work

Nobody is good at everything, yet we tend to dwell on our weaknesses and judge others for theirs.  This week, the Working Genius team gives you the tools to stop feeling guilty at work.  

Mar 16, 2021
5. The Three Phases

We've always thought of work as ideation and implementation, but the Working Genius model sheds light on an important middle phase that is often overlooked.  This week, the Working Genius team talks about the three phases, and the elevation of each Genius as it relates to landing a plane.  

Mar 09, 2021
4. The Genius of Meetings

Every meeting requires certain Geniuses.  This week, Pat and the Working Genius team discuss the different types of meetings, and how to identify which Geniuses are appropriate and necessary.  

Mar 02, 2021
3. Are You a Disruptor or a Responder?

Are you a disruptor or a responder?  In this episode, Pat and the Working Genius team discuss the difference between the three Responsive Geniuses and the three Disruptive Geniuses, and how they come across at work. 

Feb 23, 2021
2. No Joy No Genius

Can you be skilled in an area that doesn’t give you joy and energy?  Definitely.  Does that mean it should be considered one of your Geniuses?  Definitely not.  In this episode, Pat and the Working Genius team dive into the importance of fulfillment and joy in determining what your Geniuses are. 

Feb 23, 2021
1. What is Your Genius?

In the first episode of the Working Genius Podcast, Pat and Cody express their excitement around the new show, talk about some of the topics that will be covered, and reintroduce the 64th episode of the At the Table podcast, “What is Your Genius?”

Feb 23, 2021
Introducing "The Working Genius Podcast" with Patrick Lencioni

What is Your Working Genius?  Join leadership and teamwork expert Patrick Lencioni and his team as they explore the Working Genius model and provide practical advice for applying this framework individually, at our jobs and in our homes.  

Engage in interesting conversations about joy and fulfillment, careers and hiring, tapping into one another's gifts, unnecessary guilt, and much more.  

Jan 20, 2021