On this episode, Alan Interviews legendary author and organizational consultant Pat Lencioni about The Working Genius assessment and message. We are honored to have The Working Genius as a sponsor for this podcast. In this episode which is a two part mini series, we delve into what The Working Genius is and how to understand the framework. Go take the assessment at WorkingGenius.com. If you would like Alan to lead a team training to incorporate this assessment into your team you can get more information by emailing us at [email protected] 

About Pat Lencioni

Pat is one of the founders of The Table Group and is the pioneer of the organizational health movement. He is the author of 13 books, which have sold over 8 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.

As President of the Table Group, Pat spends his time speaking and writing about leadership, teamwork, and organizational health and consulting with executives and their teams.

Prior to founding the firm in 1997, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase. Pat lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four boys.


Organizational health is important for avoiding burnout and creating healthy cultures.

The six types of working genius are wonder, invention, discernment, galvanizing, enablement, and tenacity.

Wonderers ask questions and ponder new ideas, while inventors come up with new ideas and solutions.

Discerners evaluate ideas and have great pattern recognition instinct.

Galvanizers rally the troops and inspire others, while enablers answer the call for help and support.

Tenacious individuals plow through obstacles and finish tasks.

Both disruptive and responsive geniuses are needed in a team.

IGs (Invention and Galvanizing) are naturally excited about new ideas and enjoy sharing them.

IDs (Invention and Discernment) evaluate and edit ideas as they come up with them.

Understanding and celebrating each other's geniuses can lead to a more productive and joyful team.

An ideal day for an ID might involve coming up with new ideas and having coaching conversations.

An ideal day for an IG might involve launching new ideas and getting people excited about them.