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If you find yourself complaining about your work, dreading getting out of bed for yet another day that seems meaningless or dreaming of running away to some remote island, chances are you are not plugged into your genius zone. Before you guffaw, panic or otherwise dismiss the notion of genius, let me reassure you that I am not talking about anything outside of what is real for you. This is the territory that happens when we are in tune with who we are and operating so that we are tapped into our strengths, natural motivation and intrinsic creativity… nothing WOO – WOO to fear here.

The free course that I offer on the home page of my blog site will explain the genius model and give you some ways to explore looking at what this might mean in your life. The end goal is to reallocate how you invest your time, energy and resources so that you spend more time in the creative, enlivening zone of your genius and less in the energy draining approach of being an ongoing fixer upper project.

Working with the genius model is not a one time event but rather an approach or orientation. Some of the suggestions in this course will resonate more for you than others but it is jam-packed with tips and ideas that have worked for people who have used this model to shift how they view their work.

Sign up to receive a link to a genius boost every three days. From these 21 tips you can pick and choose what makes sense for you right now.

I’d love to hear about your genius and how you live in the zone.

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Scott McCloud lives, breathes and works his genius. I was introduced to him through Michael Bungay Stanier’s blog.

McCloud is a man who is a living example of what happens when you marry a scientific brain with a passion for art – which in this case shows itself in his gift as a cartoonist… not only did he want to make cartoons but he also wanted to understand them at the same time. You can watch this clever mind in operation in his TED talk.

At one point in his talk he addresses different approaches to various areas of endeavor and cartooning in particular. He maps these approaches onto a grid which he then relates to the MBTI functions of Sensing, Intuition, Thinking and Feeling. While he is ostensibly talking about comics and cartoons, I agree with Michael that he is talking about life -with some interesting and unique reflections on what we need to pay attention to.

Another aspect that he points out is the value of three different kinds of vision.

  1. Based on what one cannot see – what is unknowable and invisible
  2. Based on what we can see and ascertain – what traditional science does
  3. Based on knowledge but as un-yet unproven – it is not currently visible but is a vision of what could be. This third type of vision falls somewhere between the two other forms of vision.

This third realm is the challenge faced by leaders today as they often find themselves needing to lead into what is not yet visible. Perhaps this talk by Scott McCloud gives us a way of reframing our currently static viewpoints.

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In my MasterMind group, we often talk about how we bring all of our gifts and talents and quirks and foibles to the work we do. Just to back up for a moment, MasterMind is a group that meets regularly from diverse business backgrounds to support each other in building our businesses. My group happens to be all women and we have been together for three years. This group has come to provide a trusted environment where we have freedom to talk without editing.

One of our first conversations was about how one of the group’s members could find a really good personal assistant and then how she would use the newly created time wisely. We all agreed that time can simply disappear if we are not intentional about how we spend it.

The conversation turned to the topic of what our natural creative GENIUS might be and the value of spending more time in the GENIUS zone. There is a simple model that I refer to all the time that has four levels of competency.

  • Excellence
  • Competent
  • Incompetent

I have seen this model used in slightly different ways by people such as Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach and Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks of the Hendricks Institute. Both describe stepping into your GENIUS or Unique Ability as similar to what psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, calls ‘peak experience’ or ‘flow’ states.

Your GENIUS lines up with your MBTI preferences. Reading your type description can help you to identifying when you are in the zone. The GENIUS state is natural and easeful even when what you are doing is challenging and calls on you to be all that you can be.

I have met many women who are quick to itemize a long list of things to change about who they are. These women can easily come to view themselves as a never-ending self improvement project. This is a cycle that never ends. How much better to really know yourself, know your strengths and your core motivation, know what gives you energy and what is aligned with your interests and passion. Working in alignment with your preferences leads to an approach to business that is sustainable and ultimately more attractive to your clients.

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