October 6, 2011

Staff Picks: Practical Genius

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Geniuses are people on a higher level. We imagine them as gurus and experts whose every word seems like the perfect articulation of whatever it is they speak of. And certainly, those people do exist. We see them all the time (I mean, some of the books I review...sheesh!).

But what about us? Can we be geniuses too?

Before you laugh too hard, take a look at Gina Amaro Rudan's book Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Passions and Talents Working For You.

She states, "The problem with the commonly accepted concept of "genius" is that it's a quality - like creativity - that has a magical, elusive connotation. Most people consider genius to be a gift, a lightning bolt from the gods that strikes a lucky few like Mozart or Einstein, but not the rest of us. I'm here to tell you that this is simply not true. Every one of us has the capacity for genius. Any one of us could achieve or discuss or express something so extraordinary that it could change the world. More important, it could change your world." From there, she offers the steps to discover and develop the genius qualities we each have, from understanding skills and insights, to communication skills and methods, to associating with other geniuses and genius qualities, and building a group of ambassadors (quality over quantity) that are struck by what you say and do. Forewarded by Kevin Carroll and endorsed by Seth Godin, this book isn't fluff, but applicable, street-level practicality for real personal development.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.