The 6 Types of Working Genius, UBER Business model canvas, Venterra Employee Promise & Holiday Reading List
16th January 2022 Evolution Partners Newsletter
“Luck is the residue of design.” John Milton
Hope you’re Thriving!
Over the holiday season, I’ve collected some of my favourite articles from the year to share with you. Kind of like a ‘best of’ from 2021. Couple this with the reading list and hopefully there is something of real interest and value for you each week. I’m keeping them short and sharp.
Enjoy your holidays, stay safe and I hope you enjoy.
See you in 2022!
My favourite articles
The 6 Types of Working Genius
Pat Lencioni’s 6 types of working genius are listed below.
The Genius of Wonder (W) – People with this genius can’t help but question whether things could be better in the world around them. They are troubled whenever they see unmet potential, and they are constantly curious and on the lookout for the need to change something.
The Genius of Invention (I) – This type of genius is all about creativity. People who have it love to generate new ideas and solutions to problems and are even comfortable coming up with something out of nothing.
The Genius of Discernment (D) – People with this type of genius have a natural ability when it comes to evaluating or assessing a given idea or situation and providing guidance. They have good instincts, gut feel and judgment about the subtleties of making decisions that integrate logic, common sense and human needs.
The Genius of Galvanizing (G) – This type of genius is about bringing energy and movement to an idea or decision. People who have it like to initiate activity by rallying people to act and inspiring them to get involved.
The Genius of Enablement (E) – People with this type of genius are quick to respond to the needs of others by offering their cooperation and assistance with a project, program or effort. They naturally provide the human assistance that is required in any endeavour and not on their own terms.
The Genius of Tenacity (T) – This type is about ensuring that a given project, program or effort is taken to completion and achieves the desired result. People who have this genius push for required standards of excellence and live to see the impact of their work.
Pat explained how there are things in teams that are sometimes missing. For example, Pat worked with a team when COVID hit who needed a new sales strategy, the existing sales strategy wouldn’t work in a pandemic environment, and they couldn’t execute a new one to succeed. They ran the working genius assessment, and the sales manager was an E for enablement and a T for tenacity. They were awesome at executing but couldn’t be creative or invent new ideas. They had no Wonder or Invention capability in their sales team.
Pat discussed other examples where teams were missing one of the six types of working genius on their team and how that created great frustration throughout in both the team and the results the team were creating. Then by adding a person who had that working genius, who loved doing that type of work, they could get real results from the team.
So think about your team and consider whether there might be something that you’re missing using this model. Are you missing creativity, ideation – new ideas? Are you missing activation, discernment of ideas to only let the good ones through or maybe you’re missing the galvanising of ideas? Or finally, are you missing the execution side? The implementation happens through the enablement and tenacity working genius.
It’s a fascinating model. I’ve used the test twice, and I feel that the results were pretty accurate. I’m looking forward to running the test with teams that I work with to help identify the working geniuses that are missing and how we could consider hiring someone who could complement the overall team with their own working genius.
Check out the Working Genius assessment here
UBER Business model canvas
Speaking of growth, I love the business model canvas which helps you understand a business model in a structured way. I came across the UBER business model canvas this week, which I thought you might find interesting.
Venterra Employee Promise example
As mentioned above the Employee Promise can be an important part of your recruiting strategy. This week I came across an Employee Promise example from Texas based realtor Venterra realty. One of the things I like about it is that it balances what they promise, with what the employee should promise, setting out both parties obligations.
Holiday Reading List
If you’re like me, you often think to yourself ‘how can I occupy my mind while I’m not working in an interesting way that’s improving both my knowledge and effectiveness?’ Maybe not, maybe you think I’m on holiday I want to rest. But either way, I’ve curated a list to get you thinking over the holidays. I’ve grouped these into my favourites for each section that you can browse to see what interests you.
- The Gospel of Wealth – Andrew Carnegie
- Management time: Who’s got the monkey
- How using 3HAG can turbocharge your business growth
- Pareto 80 20 Rule
- Can you say what your strategy is?
- Wait But Why – The Story of Us
- Scott Galloway – The Algebra of Happiness — A video, not blog but the best way to spend 10 minutes.
- Paul Graham – Is it worth being wise?
- Naval – How to get rich every episode
- How to write better emails
Blog posts I’ve written
- Why I wrote Made to Thrive
- The two lenses of strategy
- First survive and then thrive
- Replace busy with stupid
- Mastery is pain
Bonus old one
- How is Australia Post in a growth market and losing money
- Shane Parish – The Knowledge Project
- Tim Ferris – The Tim Ferris Show
- Pat Lencioni – At the Table
- Alex Goldfayn – Sell More Now
- Shane Parish & Jim Collins
- Joe Rogan & Naval Ravikant
- How I built this with Guy Raz – Dyson, James Dyson
- Sam Harris with Jonathan Haidt (The Coddling of the American Mind)
- Shane Parish & Jim Dethmer: Leading Above the Line
- Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
- Good to Great – Jim Collins
- Necessary Endings – Dr Henry Cloud
- The 7 hidden reasons employees leave – Leigh Branham
- Think Again – Adam Grant
Bonus three books
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
The Monthly Leadership Team meeting provides an opportunity for a leadership team to dig deeper into issues and opportunities, and is a link between the weekly meeting, and the quarterly execution planning meeting. Also the monthly meeting answers the question are we on track for this quarters plan, and what must we do to course correct.
In this episode, Brad and Kevin discuss why you need a Monthly Leadership Team meeting, what a monthly meeting agenda must include, and tips for a successful monthly meeting.
The Monthly Leadership Team meeting
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