PRACTICAL GENIUS by Gina Amaro Rudan


The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Passions and Talents Working for You
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A leadership coach invites readers to evaluate their true potential and challenges them against complacency.

Rudan asks, “How do smart, motivated, accomplished people like us, who are walking around with all the human assets one could ever hope for, end up in this no-man’s land?” She breaks down the components of genius into five elements, explaining that “every one of us has the capacity for genius. Anyone one of us could achieve or discuss or express something so extraordinary that it could change the world.” Unfortunately, her counsel is severely limited. She introduces a series of underdeveloped ideas, such as in the chapter entitled “Market Your Genius,” which encourages readers to use their natural talents to break out of routine. Here she fails to describe how to identify these talents or offer wisdom on how to break up the routine. Rudan is most engaging when she explores her personal narrative, most notably when she urges readers to write their own stories and makes use of catchy wordplay (such as when she encourages readers to find their “Other G-Spot,” the place between their heart and mind). Ultimately, though, readers are left somewhat adrift. According to Rudan, it’s all as simple as getting readers to put forth the effort because “self innovation is at their fingertips.”

Heavy on inspiration, light on concrete advice.

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4516-2604-9
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2011


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