Guides / Unleash Your Team’s Natural Genius!
Everyone has a natural genius. Unlocking it is the secret to accessing more of each team member’s energy and ideas. To help your leaders get the most from their teams, share our guide, 5 Ways to Multiply Your Team’s Natural Genius, based on research by bestselling author Liz Wiseman.
Genius is everywhere — if you look for it. Every person has things that they not only do exceptionally well but also love to do — their natural genius. And they want to contribute those abilities in ways that are seen and valued. By leading like a Multiplier, you can unlock the natural genius of every member of your team. Research shows that Multipliers get more from the people they lead — much more. They get more intelligent action, more skillful problem solving, and more concentrated effort.
When people work with a Multiplier, they hold nothing back. They offer the very best of their thinking, creativity, and ideas.
Try these FranklinCovey best practices for guiding your team members’ work in ways that allow each of them to make full use of their natural genius.
Once you and your direct reports have identified each person’s natural genius, they’ll likely have ideas for how to apply it to their work.
After all, they’re the experts. But if you have an explicit conversation about it, you’ll raise their awareness further and help them take a more proactive role in their development.
Before your next round of 1-on-1s, explain your intention. You could say:
Now that we’ve identified your natural genius, I’d like to explore ways to help you use and hone it.
Send questions to your direct reports to prime their thinking, such as:
In the meetings, listen to your direct reports’ answers and ask follow-up questions. Share what you see, too. After all, you likely have greater visibility into the whole team’s work than they do, and some may struggle to see how they contribute unless you share what you notice about their genius and its impact on the team. Ideally, you’ll leave each conversation with a few ideas for you both to try and refine. Make it clear that this is the start of an ongoing conversation, not a one-off.
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In the research for her bestselling book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Liz Wiseman identified the nine most common Accidental Diminisher tendencies. These behaviors are often associated with being a strong individual performer or even a strong leader, but when overused or misapplied, they can shut down a team’s intelligence and contributions.
The best leaders are curious. But they don’t just ask a lot of questions. They ask the right questions — the kind that focus their team’s brainpower on the right problems.
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