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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey America (October 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891061940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891061946
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recently, in response to a few pleas for advice from fellow classmates, a gentleman posted about a book that had made quite an impact on his quest for revealing his genius: Is Your Genius at Work?: 4 Key Questions to Ask Before Your Next Career Move by Dick Richards. Given his passion for the book, I immediately ordered a copy from Amazon and promptly inhaled it yesterday. (Recently, in response t)

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Advice abounds on how to dress for success, write a killer resume, and land the next monster job. Now, in IS YOUR GENIUS AT WORK? Dick Richards takes career planning to a new frontier as he brings the "technology of the spirit" to the workplace, showing how ordinary people can make profound life changes and achieve extraordinary personal and career fulfillment. Drawing on the wisdom of modern sages, ancient philosophies, spiritual traditions, and 20 years of research and study, Richards has crafted a journey of self-discovery to help readers find the one core quality that fuels their soul and drives their success: their true genius.

As ancient as Greece, as trendy as New Age, the concept of genius is fully grounded in contemporary life through dozens of inspiring stories of people who have realized the transformative power of this simple yet life-changing process. Filled with practical strategies and hands-on exercises, IS YOUR GENIUS AT WORK? explores four important questions to help career-seekers define and give name to their genius, uncover the secrets to their life's purpose, and chart a career path to bring their genius to life: What is your genius? Is your genius at work? What is your purpose? Is your genius on purpose?

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I'm able to learn very quickly.
Steve Pavlina
What I really love is the extensive section Richards provides with exercises to lead you through the genius process and put it to work in your life.
Curt Rosengren
This is stuff that will help you reframe the way you view your life.
Brendon J. Connelly

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Brendon J. Connelly on January 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Before I go any further with this review, let me set something straight: the value of this book is not limited to jobseekers. This is stuff that will help you reframe the way you view your life. There are plenty of other books that help you figure out your most basic competencies (books on enneagrams, Now Discover Your Strengths, etc...). I've only done a little bit of messing around in this genre, but from my experience, Genius takes the most direct path to the heart of the discovery process. The book is an easy read but, like another reviewer said, a deep one. If you take it seriously, you'll likely struggle with naming your genius for more time than it takes to read the book.

The four questions that the book asks are, What is your genius, Is your genius at work, What is your purpose and Is your genius on purpose. About 2/3 of the book is devoted to working through these questions and the last third is filled with excercises to help you narrow down the search for the name of your genius. The excercises are awesome-nothing trivial or useless here. These are thoughtful and clearly designed to help you think in new directions and they do it well. I've been working through the excercises and they're hard for me. This kinda bums me out because there was a time, not all that long ago, that I was intently focused on self-knowledge, and I felt like I knew myself pretty well. To some degree the excercises make me feel kinda bad that I don't simply have snap answers anymore. On the other hand, it's been good to get to know myself again.

I'm still unsure of the name of my genius. The book describes several ways that you might know when you've landed on your genius' name. I experienced none of this when I wrote Exploring Service.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David Pollard on November 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
The following review is from my How to Save the World weblog and can be found in its original form including graphic at:


Dick Richards' new book Is Your Genius at Work? is designed for people contemplating a career change. Its focus is on helping people find their genius -- the one thing they are especially and uniquely good at, and then finding application for that genius in the work world. Its audience is anyone who believes they are currently doing they than they could or should, both for their own fulfillment and to make a contribution to the betterment of the world. It's especially valuable for those who are in need of an ego-boost -- those who don't believe they have genius, and don't believe they are especially good at anything.

There is no rocket science to Richards' process. It is essentially a workbook, in the vein of Bolles' What Colour Is Your Parachute? but less focused on researching jobs at the intersection of What you love, What you're good at, and What's needed, and more on identifying and naming What you're good at, and Why you're here.

Like Parachute, Genius is full of exercises, and I worked through them to see whether they provided insights different from Parachute's. Richards seems to take it on faith that What you're good at is congruent with What you love. I think that's debatable, but perhaps it doesn't matter -- since the exercises get you to identify both, and then find 'common denominators', the result is one genius, one talent, that lies at the intersection between them (spaces 2 & 3 in my diagram above).

I particularly liked the 'sales pitch' at the start of the book for working through it.
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Steve Pavlina on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Is Your Genius at Work? by Dick Richards is a fantastic book about discovering your genius and your purpose and identifying a career that fits well with both. This book was recently provided to me by the publisher, and it's one of the few unsolicited books I received that I can enthusiastically recommend to others. Why do I say this? Because I personally derived a valuable result from reading this book - the identification of my own core genius.

Genius makes the bold statement that every person has one and only one core genius, and that genius is unique. Think of your genius as your greatest strength. Long before reading this book I had developed a strong awareness of my key strengths and weaknesses, but I hadn't given serious consideration to the idea that I might have only one "genius" from which all my key strengths could be derived.

As I went through the exercises in the book, I easily identified many of my own strengths. I'm able to learn very quickly. I'm good at understanding complicated concepts. I can communicate well with both humans and computers. I've developed great synergy between my logic and intuition. And so on. But when I listed them all out, I didn't see any single root genius from which all these strengths could be derived. It was as if they were all relatively prime, with no single common denominator.

But Genius pushes us to think outside the box when looking for our core genius. For example, what's the lowest common denominator between the numbers 9, 15, 21, and 30? It's 3, right? How about 15, 25, 65, and 90? The LCD there is 5. Now what about 2, 10, 13, 29, and 300? The book says it's the letter t, since all these numbers begin with a t. Very sneaky.
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