The 6 Types of Working Genius

The 6 Types of Working Genius

The 6 Types of Working Genius; a better way to understand your gifts, your frustrations, and your team. Often, we feel frustrated, underutilized or misunderstood at work, and teams experience failure or feel stuck or confused because they don’t know how to tap into the unique strengths of individual team members. Working Genius has the potential to solve these issues and transform how you work together.

What a way to start your new year as a leader; bringing a fresh start and the opportunity to set a positive and easily doable resolution for the improvement of the productivity and well-being of your team.

Teamwork is valuable, yet difficult to achieve. One of the primary reasons it is hard to create a functioning & cohesive team is because of the differences in work styles, strengths, and natural gifts in team members.

This is where the 6 Types of Working Genius Assessment comes in. Working Genius is not just another personality assessment – this is a practical productivity tool that helps you understand where you fit in your team and in the process of getting work done!

6 types of working genius describedIn this blog, we’ll be sharing more about what Working Genius is and how leaders can use it to transform their team.


The 6 Types of Working Genius is a 10-minute assessment

  • Also included is a custom report that provides detailed insights about the type of work that brings you the most joy and fulfillment.
  • The Model identifies the six steps, or six activities, that are required of any group of people trying to get something done.

Two of those six types come naturally to you, meaning that you are good at them and that they give you energy and joy. We call these your areas of Working Genius.

Two of them are neither natural nor energizing for you, and most likely, you aren’t particularly good at doing them. We call these your areas of Working Frustration.

Finally, two types fall in between; you can do them well, maybe even very well, but you don’t derive great joy or energy from them. These are your areas of Working Competency.

  • The assessment includes a simple application section that will help team leaders leverage both their personal results as well as the results of their team.

The 6 Types of Working Genius came to life in 2020 after Patrick Lencioni, founder of Table Group, questioned why certain types of work consistently left him feeling drained and frustrated. When we don’t understand how our brains are wired for work, we are often left feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied. We place unnecessary guilt on ourselves and unfair judgment on others. 

When teams don’t understand one another, they are more likely to experience confusion, feel stuck, or fail. The goal of Working Genius is to improve the way people approach their work and teams.

The 6 Types of Working Genius gear graphicSo what exactly are the six different stages of the Working Genius?


Wonder is the gift of pondering the possibility of greater potential and opportunity in any situation. They identify the need for change and create the conditions for Invention to happen.


Those with the genius of Invention create novel and original solutions and ideas. Their gift is coming up with unique ways to solve problems.


Those with the natural gift of Discernment intuitively and instinctively evaluate situations and ideas. They recognize patterns and give good feedback.


People who possess this genius have the natural ability to inspire, organize, and rally others to get up and take action.


Enablement is the natural gift of providing assistance and encouragement for any project or idea. They anticipate the help needed to move an idea or project forward.


Team members with tenacity push projects to completion to achieve results.

Benefits of the 6 Types of Working Genius

  • Understanding what types of work are best suited to individual team members can go a long way in helping reduce overwhelm and burnout.
  • Appreciating individuals for their unique gifts and strengths is an effective way to build trust among your team.
  • This assessment allows team members to be vulnerable as they share frustrations with their teammates and their strengths.
  • With this insight, teams can have open dialogue around how they feel about their work; where they can provide the most value and what types of work feel unfulfilling and are often at the bottom of their priority lists.
  • This model provides a framework that allows team leaders to tap into the natural gifts of each team member.
  • It also provides insight into how to improve meetings, projects, and even the hiring process.
  • Working Genius can enable team leaders to make smart choices about their team!

Interested in learning more about the 6 Types of Working Genius or in getting started?

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Tara-Lee Goerlitz with NexLevel is Certified by The Table Group in The Six Types of Working Genius and is an inaugural member of CAPA Pro, a professional consulting network of the Table Group based on the teachings of Patrick Lencioni.

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