Review: The Five Faces of Genius

5 Star, Change & Innovation, Consciousness & Social IQ, Intelligence (Public)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of Fresh Air in a Very Tired Workplace,

April 8, 2001
Annette Moser-Wellman

This book will be helpful to every knowledge worker–the title should not scare off the 99% of the population that does not qualify for “genius” status.

Certainly there will be those looking for some magical way to lift themselves from obscurity, or lethargy, or oppression, that that think they are unappreciated geniuses and are simply looking for the window-dressing they need to be recognized. This book is not for them.

What this book does, in a very nice way that reminds one of Drucker’s belief that the best work is work as a “calling”–work as a beloved endeavor that brings out the best we have to offer–or of the 7 Habits book that emphasizes the urgency of protecting those activities that are important but not urgent (things like family time, exercise, and freedom from the telephone–or now, email)–is “review the bidding” on five different workstyles, and how to make them better.

In a nutshell, this book is what results when Myers-Briggs and 7 Habits have children, and the children grow up to be artists. It is a good read, and at a minimum it will help *anybody* bring more reflection and more peace back into their daily work routine.

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