Last night my EO Forum welcomed business coach, Lois Barth, to talk with us for about 90 minutes on our Zone of Genius (ZOG). The term was originally coined from Gay Hendricks in his book, The Big Leap. An individual’s ZOG is comprised of the activities in which she is uniquely qualified to do and finds passion in doing them. The goal then is to get as many members of your team working as close to 100% within their ZOG as possible. To achieve this goal, first you have to discover what is your ZOG, then delegate out the rest of the work until you are working as close to 100% within your ZOG as possible.
After a quick intro and set up on the concept, Lois led us through the following questions to help each of us identity our ZOG and figure out how to move towards working as close to 100% within our ZOG as posible. Below each question is my answer…
1) What most likely lead you to your business to begin with and what was the tipping point for your business to really take off:
Creating Unique/Creative Content (that actually works)
Building Relationships / Genuinely Caring
Building/Running/Finding/Fixing Inefficiencies in Systems
Leading/Buidling a Team
2) What percentage of time am I spending in my ZOG?
75% <— Lois said this is actually pretty good as others in my group were between 15-40%.
3) Am I satisfied/fulfilled with that percentage?
4) What tasks take away from me spending more time on my ZOG? (hint: you are avoiding it every time it comes up)
5) Why haven’t you been able to free yourself yet to focus 100% on your ZOG?
It’s a mix of saying, “it’s just easier for me to do it verses training someone else on how to do it” and not having the additional funds in which to pay someone to do it. But in looking at this list, the only one that truly fits that bill is the tax/legal work as the other three can be delegated to the rest of the team right now.
Now it’s your turn. Take a moment to answer these five questions to discover your ZOG. If comfortable, please share your thoughts in the comments below as I’d love to hear what you are uniquely qualified to do and find passion in doing so.