Posts Tagged ‘Genius’

discover your genius

In Active Learning, Active Listening, Coaching, Communication, Facilitating Genius, leadership, Toastmasters on July 14, 2018 at 12:58 am

Here are a few additional resources; delivered as promised for my Toastmaster friends who attended the leadership elective entitled: “Discover Your Genius” on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the District 29 –  Toastmasters Leadership Institute.

Use this chart to plot your genius profile.


Facilitating Genius: Illuminating Brilliance in Your Organization


Just a few of my favorite books on leadership.

And then there are a number of resources available from Toastmasters International. For example within the so-called traditional educational program you should definitely check out “The Leadership Excellence Series” as well as the “High Performance Leadership” project.

And in the Pathways Program, there are a number of leadership-related paths such as:

  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Effective Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Persuasive Influence, and
  • Team Collaboration.

Back by popular demand -or- you must do it until you get it right?

In Facilitating Genius on June 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm
Cover Slide

Cover Slide

Here’s a copy of my slides from Monday’s “Tell Me About Your Genius” workshop hosted by 40PlusDC.


Here’s to the Crazy Ones

In Aha!, Cartooning, Communication, Cool Ideas, Facilitating Genius, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Toastmasters on May 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm
Here's to the crazy ones. Some of whom are meeting together at the District 29 Spring Conference on May 16.

Here’s to the crazy ones. Some of whom are meeting together at the District 29 Spring Conference on May 16.

If at first you don't succeed, then try, try again.

If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again.

"I hope that we never lose sight of one thing. That it all was started by a mouse." - Walt Disney

“I hope that we never lose sight of one thing. That it all was started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney

What do Albert Einstein and Walt Disney have in common besides being two creative geniuses once featured by Apple in their “think different” campaign?

Consider their impact on the world and how they worked to re-create our view of it.

And if you’re in the Washington DC area on May 16th and would like to experience for yourself a potentially mind-altering event, then perhaps you might drop in to attend the Toastmasters International, District 29 Spring Conference. Conference details can be found here. <— Yes, please do click on the “here.”

And for a sneak peek at my slide deck which will be revealed on Saturday during the educational sessions, here your go!

Discover Your Genius at the D29 Spring Conference 2015. <– John Lesko’s slide deck.



When Pigs Fly … It could happen.

In Active Learning, Active Listening, Communication, Facilitating Genius, Leave Your Comfort Zone on May 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Hmmmm … Was it years ago or simply just a few weeks ago?

That’s when I heard my “dear friend” say, “Yeah, yeah … You’ll become a published author and be interviewed on the radio — When pigs fly!”

You? You're going to be on the radio? ... Yeah, yeah ... When pigs fly!

You? You’re going to be on the radio? … Yeah, yeah … When pigs fly!


(from Brian K. Wright) … Today’s guest on Success Profiles Radio is John Lesko, author of the book “Facilitating Genius: Illuminating Brilliance In Your Organization”.

We will discussing identifying how to discover your unique genius and for those in your organization. This allows everyone to play at their highest level as often as possible.

You can listen live at 6pm Eastern at

You can also call in to participate at 866-404-6519

TogiNet Radio is an Internet talk radio network that streams live web radio programming and provides…
And at the risk of folks saying that perhaps this is too much self-promotion … This is a follow-on interview which I trace back to an earlier media event:…/116-toastmasters…

The official podcast for Toastmasters International,…|By Bo Bennett



Toastmasters International – Where Leaders Are Made

In Cartooning, Coaching, Communication, Facilitating Genius, facilitation skills, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Toastmasters on May 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm
cartoon self portrait and title of my newest book

cartoon self portrait and title of my newest book

Yes, I’m still enjoying the afterglow from the “birth of my book.” Yes, I still feel like a proud papa. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of cigars as too many of my old Army buddies put in early claims for the stogies available.

So what’s new? Why post another story so closely spaced after my last?

Simply put …

Yesterday I was lucky to present a workshop to members of Toastmasters International. Specifically, I was an educational speaker at the District 27 Spring Conference held at the Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, Virginia. This was a “safe” audience in that I’ve been a Toastmaster for nearly two decades. Many of the stories from my book, Facilitating Genius, have been shared with club-level audiences. And for the most part, Toastmasters want a speaker to succeed and to grow. For those not familiar with Toastmasters International, please do check out their website here.

Those in the publishing business suggest that authors talk up their book. They suggest that you promote to as many audiences that will accept you as a speaker. So yesterday, I took this advice and addressed a roomful of people with whom I was comfortable. And do you know what?!?!

I learned a lot from this audience. No one fell asleep. There were a few folks who stayed after my workshop was done to ask more questions. And — lo and behold — there also were folks who wanted to buy a copy of my book.



And at the risk of being chastised for too much self promotion … Since my post of April 26, more on-line book stores have picked up this title.

Available at …

– eBookIt! …

– Amazon …

– Barnes & Noble …

– Apple iTunes … genre/books

– Google Play … store/books

– Kobo …

– Baker & Taylor’s …

– Ingram … eBookMall.

I feel like a proud papa. Is it time to pass out cigars?

In Coaching, Facilitating Business, Facilitating Genius, facilitation skills, leadership on April 26, 2015 at 8:43 pm
Gentlemen, the smoking light has been lit.

Gentlemen, the smoking light has been lit.

It’s been many years since the birth of my now fully grown children. But I remember those days as if they were yesterday. I was a proud papa. And, YES, I did hand out cigars to my closest family members and friends.

So what is the protocol when you feel like a proud papa because you’ve just birthed a book? Do you hand out cigars? Do you keep this news to yourself and hope that folks notice your book’s title as they go shopping to add a new title to their e-readers?

Okay, okay … Please excuse the self promotion. But …

Facilitating Genius is available now at the following on-line book stores:

eBookIt! …

It’s also available through …

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Google Books
  • Kobo.

And soon to be available at …

  • Apple iBooks
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Ingram.

Yes, I feel again like a father who’s just witnessed the birth of a son or daughter. Consider this the ‘birth announcement’ for my newest book. And as they say at military formal affairs, “Gentlemen, the smoking lamp has been lit.”

What will be your verse?

In Epiphanies on August 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm
What will your verse be? #RobinWilliams was truly extraordinary. #RIP_Robin_Williams

What will your verse be? #RobinWilliams was truly extraordinary. #RIP_Robin_Williams

Facilitating Genius at MAFN DC Workshop

In Active Learning, Cartooning, Cool Ideas, Facilitating Genius, How To on December 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm
Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

For those who couldn’t attend last Friday’s MAFN workshop, here’s a cartoon summary of what you missed.

My strategy included the following active and  blended learning techniques:

– Doodling by everyone as folks were permitted to deface their name badges and create their logo/brand or a cartoon to describe who they are and/or why they were at this event.

– A group “rope trick” to demonstrate hands-on or kinesthetic learning.

– Several opportunities for THINK-PAIR-SHARE discussions

– A dramatic reading or “poetry jam” by Kurt K

– Storytelling about being a “misfit” toy on the island of mad scientists

– And two exercises where participants solved real life problems by thinking inside or outside a box.

Note: There were at least 16 geniuses available for consultation thru-out this workshop.  Hmmmm … I think there were 16 evaluation sheets completed at the end of the morning as well.


Attached as PDF-documents are the two handouts provided to those who could attend.  Facilitating Genius 2012 and Go Crazy.