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The Stabilizer Effect

In water sports there’s an appreciation for the wake a boat leaves behind. A rough wake is not enjoyable for most water skiers or fishermen. The churn and disruption of the water is not ideal for gliding on the surface of a lake or attracting fish to a baited hook. However, a smooth wake or ripple effect makes for better riding and fishing conditions. 

Every day we leave a wake behind us. Your wake is how other people experience you. When our Top 5 talents are working well together and moving towards the flow of strength, we can leave an enjoyable wake for others to experience. 

When we are not working out of our Top 5 talents, or if the Kryptonite of some of our talents is ignited, we can leave a different type of wake that has more of a churn to it, externally as well as internally. So it is critical to understand not just our individual talents but the dynamics of how they work together. 

If someone’s Top 5 talents are in all four of the CoreClarity quadrants we call these people Stabilizers. Two weeks after Dave, a Stabilizer, transferred into our office we noticed more interaction, excitement, communication, and engagement in his department. Later that year we took the group through a CoreClarity workshop and found everyone else had talents in only 3 or 2 quadrants. Dave had become the talent glue that brought everyone together. We fill in the inner circle of the Stabilizer CoreDrill for that reason - they can often be the hub of stability for a group, team, or even a family.

When they’re at their best, Stabilizers can bring a holistic view to a group because they intuitively see from a broader perspective. They can connect with a larger audience because they can relate and process from all four quadrants. They can fill gaps or expose short sightedness where others may lack a talent in a quadrant or two. That perspective can bring unity and understanding that stabilizes others.  

Teams do better when there is a Stabilizer for every 4-6 people in a group. When a team loses a healthy Stabilizer they often begin to feel that loss within a few weeks as that natural source of unity and balance is removed. When the gap filler leaves balance has to be more intentionally worked on. 

Most Stabilizers are good at a lot of things and feel like they can plug and play in a variety of roles or positions but may have trouble specializing in one thing. That’s why it’s important that they have defined or clear roles so they don’t “de-stabilize.” If a Stabilizer is not doing well personally or is not using all their talents they can have the opposite effect on a group. When they “destabilize” their ripple effect can turn to churn and bring disruption to the rest of the team. 

It’s important to know who your Stabilizers are and make sure they are healthy, growing, and flowing from their talents. Their good wake can make smooth sailing for everyone else.

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