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To increase intelligence and genius, Leonardo da Vinci identified seven traits / skills / strengths that one might aspire to build.

Even after one has mastered these traits, one must still shed the fear of failure as this stops many people from trying the first time.  Similarly, da Vinci’s traits align well with the role of a facilitative leader.


da Vinci’s Traits to Build a Better Mousetrap

Therefore, da Vinci’s traits / skills / strengths include:

  1. Curiosita—an insatiable thirst for knowledge
  2. Dimostrzione—the ability to learn from experience
  3. Sensazione—the discipline of continuing to hone one’s senses
  4. Sfumato—the ability to cope with ambiguity
  5. Arte/ Scienza—holistic thinking
  6. Corporalita—what some people call sound mind and body
  7. Connessione—the ability to see deeply into the connection between things

More can be found in a book named “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day” by Michael J. Gelb

In the spirit of radical innovation, here are some well established “secrets”:

  1. Get intimate with your customers
  2. Make your own product obsolete
  3. Break the rules and be audacious
  4. Act small, think small—even nano small
  5. Celebrate failure—see Thomas Alva Edison’s objectives


Don’t ruin your career or reputation with bad meetings. Register for a class or forward this to someone who should. Taught by world-class instructors, MG RUSH  professional facilitation curriculum focuses on practice. Each student thoroughly practices and rehearses tools, methods, and approaches throughout the week. While some call this immersion, we call it the road to building impactful facilitation skills.

Our courses also provide an excellent way to earn up to 40 SEUs from the Scrum Alliance, 40 PDUs from PMI, and 40 CDUs from IIBA, as well as 3.2 CEUs for other professions. (See individual class descriptions for details.)

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Facilitation Expert

Terrence Metz, CSM, PSPO, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Facilitation Best Practices blog features over 300 articles on facilitation skills and tools aimed at helping others lead faster, more productive meetings and workshops that yield higher quality decisions. His clients include Agilists, Scrum teams, program and project managers, senior officers, and the business analyst community among numerous private and public companies and global corporations. As an undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and MBA graduate from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, his professional experience has focused on process improvement and product development. He continually aspires to make it easier for others to succeed.

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