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The Guru - Different Shades of Green

guru reflect Feb 25, 2022

At first I thought the printer was broken. Two of the participants for my first in-house CoreClarity workshop showed nothing but green talents in their top five. But when I checked their CoreDrill charts I realized the printer was fine and I was about to get an education in brain power by processing Brad and Jason through their CoreClarity profiles!  

We call those with a sea of green talents Gurus, and they can be a combination of unique flavors of “smart” depending on how they have added skills, knowledge and experience to their Reflectors. Whether insightful, introspective, studious, intelligent, deeply read, deep thinking, profoundly creative, or able to “think” around corners they all can display different shades of green brilliance. 

A Guru has a brilliant mind and is naturally intellectual and/or introspective. Jason and Brad were both great thinkers but in very different ways. Ask them what they think, and they will pause...

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Dynamic Diagonal Duos - Thought Rockets & Super Drivers

Catty-corner is an expression meaning “diagonally opposite.” It has nothing to do with cats but actually came from an English misspelling of the French word quatre (“four”) prefixed to “corner.” And it is exactly what I think of when it comes to Bob and Brenda and their CoreClarity CoreDrills. They were both bi-quads (all their Top 5 talents fell into two quadrants) but the inversion of each other.  Brenda’s talents were all in the Connect and Energize quadrants while Bob’s were in the Reflect and Mobilize. These catty-corner profiles create two unique CoreDrills that show up less than 2% of the time but bring an indelible dynamic to a team.

They both worked in the same company and left a similar wake with co-workers. Yet their approach to people and problems could not be more different. Bob was a Thought Rocket and as such was very vested and productive especially when using his Reflect talents. He could shift into a motivational...

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The Trail Blazer CoreDrill: Forging new Paths

Jeannie was a new intern and the youngest member of the operations team. So everyone assumed she was shy or a bit timid to speak out until she had learned the ropes of her new job. When I looked at her talents I encouraged her team leader to intentionally ask Jeannie for her thoughts or perspectives during their staff meetings. Every time he did this she would pause briefly and then respond with some excellent insights or clarifying questions that greatly contributed to the team’s project. “She brings more to the table than what we expected from an intern. How did you know she wanted to be asked questions?” 

I didn’t know Jeannie, but I knew that she was a Trail Blazer and just because they aren’t talking doesn’t mean they aren’t processing the discussion at a deep level. Asking her to contribute was a great way to onramp her internal talents. Sometimes they may have to be invited into the discussion if it’s something they...

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The 3 Power P’s for the Passionato: Propelling the Power of Passion

Two things Carey loved were people and coffee. So when she decided to make a career change it was not surprising that she became a barista at a coffee shop. Very quickly her role and responsibilities began to align with her talents and she was thriving in her new career path. 

The store manager initiated a competition to increase sales of packaged coffee. The first barista to sell 50 pounds would win. Carey was not very competitive but she did love people and coffee. Four hours into her shift she went to her boss and announced, “I sold 50 pounds. What should I do now?” He was astonished and conflicted. “Great job-but don’t tell anyone else. This was supposed to be a two week contest and we need everyone else to keep selling. You won, but let’s keep it our secret for another week.”

Passion, People, Purpose. Those are the 3 power P’s for the Passionato. Because we see more of the emotionally charged talents in the external Connect and...

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How Life Lines Scale New Heights

Living in Colorado it is not uncommon to see rock climbers scaling the face of mountain cliffs in the Rockies. What you don’t always see is the Belayer, the person who controls the rope attached to the climber, ensuring that if they slip or fall they are protected. The Belayer and the rope provide a literal lifeline to the climber should anything go awry. It is also a great visual for the first of four CoreDrills that have talents in three of the four CoreClarity categories, also known as tri-quads. 

Life Lines are individuals whose Top 5 talents align in the Connect, Reflect, and Energize quadrants with no Mobilize. The highest percentage, almost 30% of the people in the CoreClarity database are Life Lines because 28 of the 34 talents are in these quadrants and many of them show up at a greater percentage than talents in the Mobilize quadrant. 

When working from their Top 5 talents Life Lines show up as the reliable support system you can count on to “getter...

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Talents in Turbulent Times

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Early last fall, we experienced a major change in our work with one of our suppliers that disrupted our productivity and deliverables for many of our clients. I actually went through the steps of grieving related to the Kübler-Ross change curve (see graph below).

There was the initial shock. How could this be happening? What were these people thinking or NOT thinking? I soon went to denial, calling customer service to get answers and register complaints. I probably entered the depression phase about the time I started calling other colleagues to commiserate and find out what if anything they were doing to return things back to the way they used to be. 

After binge watching a season of Suits and Googling to see if there were any free and easy legal actions I could take, I finally began to experiment with real alternatives and adjustments I would need to function in the new reality foisted upon us. By...

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"Outside the Box" Thinking

Studies from the 1960’s first suggested the theory of Left Brain versus Right Brain functions. People whose thinking is more logical, mathematical and/or linear were said to be dominated by the left side of the brain. More emotional, artistic and/or holistic thinkers were said to be right-brained. Though recent advances in neuroscience suggest that the hemispheres of our brains do not operate as independently as first theorized, the references will provide a working context as we look at three talents that have more of a right brain feel in how they show up: Ideation, Futuristic, and Connectedness. 

It is not uncommon for people with these three talents to show some form of artistic expression and creativity through music, painting, writing and/or quirky expressions of humor. These Reflect talents naturally think outside the box for new forms of expression and innovations.

Those with the Ideation talent constantly gush creative perspectives. The challenge is they can...

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A-MAZE-ing Problem Solvers

“It ain’t easy being green!” This quote from Kermit the frog also resonates with many people who have talents in the Reflect or Green quadrant in the CoreClarity key. Over one third of the 34 talents reside here -- talents that do so much intellectual pondering, processing, and problem solving. 

Three Reflect talents frequently tapped for problem solving are Strategic, Arranger, and Analytical. In order to better understand the dynamics and the differences between these three talents, imagine all three trying to solve a challenging maze. 

Strategics start with the end in mind and then work their way back to find the best path for success. They would want to get 1000 feet above the maze so they could see where the exit is located. They would then find the shortest route from there all the way back to the start. Any routes that were longer or led to dead ends would be dismissed as they have identified an express lane to success. 

The Arranger wants to...

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