Interview with Performance Strategist Laura Garnett

In this week’s episode, you will learn how to apply your genius during this interview with performance strategist, speaker, and author Laura Garnett.

Laura works with CEOs and executives to identify their unique genius and purpose, and leverage them in their day-to-day work.

She has consulted with organizations including Google, Pandora, LinkedIn, and 15Five. Prior to launching her own company, New York City-based Garnett Consulting, she honed her marketing, strategy, and career-refining skills at companies like Capital One, American Express, IAC, and Google.

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Find Your Zone of Genius

Laura Garnett just released her most recent book called Find Your Zone of Genius a few weeks ago. And she was kind enough to join us to define the term and help us identify our own Zone of Genius. 

During the conversation, Laura explains several other concepts from the book that will truly help anyone on their career journey:

  • How to find our innate talents.
  • Why our purpose is more important than our passion.
  • Why finding support is usually preferable to obtaining advice.
  • How your core emotional challenge usually determines your purpose.

How to Apply Your Genius

Laura explains why you should read Find Your Zone of Genius first, as you begin to apply your genius. Once you understand the concepts and start the process of self-discovery, you can then move to her comprehensive first book The Genius Habit.

Getting into your Zone of Genius is possible for everyone, and I promise it makes work exhilarating. In the ideal scenario, you actively use your genius and feel the impact of your purpose at work. – Laura Garnett

Additional Resources

After reading her books, you may still encounter barriers as you attempt to discover your unique talents and apply your genius. You can then work through her free resources. If that is not sufficient, there are several levels of formal coaching to consider. All of these can be found on her website.


Those of us driven to find a new career often do so because we are not currently working in our Zone of Genius. The first step in addressing that issue is to identify our genius and purpose. To move into a new career without identifying these features of personality is to invite another unhappy job.

Once we discover our innate talents and purpose, we can identify our Zone of Genius. Then, by aligning our job with it, we will wake up each morning excited to go to work. 

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