Member Login

The 5 Disciplines of Genius-Makers

Working Resources is an Executive Coaching San Francisco Bay Area Firm Helping  Companies Assess, Select, Coach and Retain Emotionally Intelligent Leaders; Talent Management; Leadership Development; Competency Modeling; Succession Management; and Leadership & Team Building Retreats

The 5 Disciplines of Genius-Makers

Some bosses make us better and smarter by eliciting and revitalizing our intelligence. Others seem to stifle intelligence and capability, always wanting to be seen as the smartest person in the room. They suck the energy out of the team, whose members end up looking or feeling dumb. IQs seem to drop, and meeting times double.

Multipliers follow five principles to bring out the best in people. Each allows workers to stretch so they can contribute greater effort and productivity.

1.  Attract and Optimize Talent: Be a Talent Manager

a.  You attract the best people when you take full advantage of their strengths.

b.  They subsequently let other talented people know about the benefits of working on your team.

c.  Talented people seek opportunities to grow and appreciate your efforts.

2.  Create Intensity that Requires Best Thinking: Be a Liberator

a.  You create an intense environment that demands people’s best thinking and work.

b.  People flourish under the right amount of pressure and support to perform their best work.

c.  You are empathetic, yet firm about expectations for high-quality work.

3.  Extend Challenges: Be a Challenger

a.  You define an opportunity that causes people to stretch.

b.  You give them freedom to make mistakes, learn from them and be creative.

c.  Instead of giving people answers, you ask the right questions and then stay out of their way.

4.  Debate Decisions: Be a Debate Maker

a.  You drive sound decisions through rigorous debate.

b.  People own outcomes and participate in course corrections without blaming.

c.  You challenge your people to ask the right questions and debate the true issues.

5.  Instill Ownership and Accountability: Be an Investor

a.  You give other people ownership for results and invest in their success.

b.  You hold high expectations across the organization, which leads people to hold themselves and each other accountable.

c. You provide the necessary resources for success.

Becoming a Genius-Maker

You needn’t excel in all five disciplines to be considered a multiplier who brings out the best in your people. You must, however, master two or three disciplines and be “good enough” in the remaining ones.

Instead of trying to perfect all five disciplines, create a development plan with your executive coach. Pick one key area of strength and develop it to a higher level.

Next, choose an area of weakness and strive to make improvements. View your leadership effectiveness on a continuum so it can be realistically achieved.

Diminisher-to-Multiplier Performance Continuum


Talent Manager



Debate Maker




















Empire  Builder



Decision Maker



(Source: Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown, HarperBusiness: 2010.)

Are you working in a company where executive coaches provide leadership development to grow emotionally intelligent leaders? Does your organization provide executive coaching for leaders who maximize their people’s capabilities? Enlightened leaders tap into their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills to create a more fulfilling future.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Am I a genius or genius-maker?” Emotionally intelligent and sociallyintelligent organizations provide executive coaching as part of their transformational peak performance leadership development program.

Working with a seasoned executive coach and leadership consultant trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-I, CPI 260 and Denison Culture Survey can help you bring out the best in people. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision, mission and strategy of your company or law firm.

About Dr. Maynard Brusman

Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist, executive coach and trusted advisor to senior leadership teams. He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. We specialize in helping San Francisco Bay Area companies and law firms assess, select, coach, and retain emotionally intelligent leaders.  Maynard is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader. He facilitates leadership retreats in Northern California and Costa Rica. The Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC) awarded Dr. Maynard Brusman "Board Approved" designations in the specialties of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

For more information, please go to, write to, or call 415-546-1252.

Subscribe to Working Resources Newsletter:
Visit Maynard's Blog:  

Connect with me on these Social Media sites.








Box 1009, East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone: 401-884-2778
Fax: 401-884-5068
© Society for the Advancement of Consulting. All Rights Reserved. Web Site Design and Hosting by
WebEditor Design Services, Inc.