Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You Hardcover – October 11, 2011
|New from||Used from|
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
“Practical Genius combines unstoppable optimism with unflinching straight talk to coach you through the process of uncovering your talents and putting them to work. There’s a genius inside you, and Gina Rudan is the person to help you let it out.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
“Practical Genius is the kind of book whose time has come. Its message is must reading for those who want to live and contribute fully—and who don’t want an illness or accident to be their wake-up call!”
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“Gina motivates people to life-transforming action with her witty, manifesto-style message. And she offers the inspiration and skills we need to compete and succeed, but above all, to fully realize our potential."
—Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth
"Gina’s vision of a world of people intensely and intuitively connected by their activated genius is gorgeous. Practical Genius sets an exciting course for the individual and the community, and it’s a journey not to be missed."
--Jeff Rosenthal, Co-Founder of Summit Series
About the Author
Gina Rudan is the founder and president of Genuine Insights, Inc., a contemporary professional development and training practice. Before launching her own firm, Rudan worked at Fortune 500 companies including Avon Products and PR Newswire. She is also the founder of TEDxMIA and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and son. Visit her at PracticalGenius.com.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Gina has written an "owner's manual," really, containing a toolkit to help you discover and project your own greatness. Gina believes everyone is great; everyone is a "genius" with unique assets, strengths, and passions. "Practical Genius" is finding the intersection of what you love and what you do best so that can share that greatness with others and, in turn, help them express their greatness as well.
Using the tools (or the "Playbook" as Gina refers to her exercises) is not easy, however. I found myself frustrated many times at not being able to summon the answers to questions like "Can you name the all-time greatest moment of your life?" Or, "What are the `themes' in your life?" Huh? Themes? I have themes?! Despite the periodic frustrations, the "Playbook" helps you gain more inner clarity (and a little self-confidence) and also provides a roadmap on how you can express, sustain, and market your genius.
Authors of similar books provide personal guidance but none do it with the same compassion as Gina. If you have the courage to ask yourself hard questions, Gina will support you on your journey.
I would advise NOT purchasing the Kindle version of this book - I find it too difficult to find sections of the book I want to reference. I am considering purchasing a hard-copy in addition to the Kindle version I already have. You will want to be able to flip through!
It's also possible that I'm not deep enough, not genius enough, or just wasn't in the right frame of mind when I read this book.
What's more, I'm SURE that the authors believe what they wrote and I bet it worked for them.
Still, after the first 10 pages of self-glorification about their path to this amazing process (hey, instead of telling me about HOW you got there, just tell us what it is first), I thought to myself, "ok, I don't have time for this crap. It just feels like a ton of BS."
Thanks goodness for the great Amazon Kindle return policy.
I'm not anti-self-help books. I've read a ton and liked a ton of them. Have reviewed a slew on my blog as well, so that's not it. It's just that this one didn't cut the mustard for me and, well, I feel like it's my duty to help others.
If you don't agree, go ahead, buy it, try it and see for yourself. At least you can return it and get a refund if I'm right.
The book is based on a simple, powerful premise:"when you are a fully realized person - authentic and entirely visible to the world - you are capable of exceptional accomplishments in your work, in your community, and among your friends and family."
Gina Rudan introduces this beautiful and lofty idea on page 5. And the rest of the book brings that idea to life, delivering a practical, insightful, actionable approach for realizing your own practical genius.
A great book may have a few good ideas. This one has fifty. (Chapters 4 and 5 - on building your network and creating the environment to sustain your genius - are nothing short of brilliant.)
And the payback is tremendous. For individuals, Gina's approach can unlock *huge* potential, making our jobs and lives fundamentally better. For firms, a workforce of "fully realized," engaged employees will be dramatically more productive.
I loved the book. I'll be applying the ideas in my own life and handing out copies to people I care about.
Helping others realize their "Practical Genius" might be the greatest gift you could give them.
Since Gina's message has depth, you may want to go back to it more then once. I have also purchased the MP3 audio file.
I for one enjoyed rerunning the chapters one by one by listening; in the car and on the Ipod.
I would say this book is the really cool follow up on: Now discover your strengths by Marcus Buckingham (you should run the online strength-finder-test if you haven't yet uncovered your real talents). So be genius and go ad 'm to your cart ;)
Most recent customer reviews
My thoughts on my business, my creativity and...Read more