Many leaders have read Good to Great by Jim Collins…….. and know the analogy of having the right people, in the right seats, on the right bus, and traveling to the right place. However, many of the leaders and teams I’ve worked with over the years do not make this their first and most important priority. Most leaders spend much of their time trying to manage difficult people, encouraging different behaviors, and they don’t have a systematic or tangible way to determine if their problem team member is just in the wrong seat, or on the wrong bus altogether.

Moreover, as a leader, it’s your responsibility to monitor the bus and ensure the destination is reached successfully. So how do you do that? Get to know your team and how they contribute.  There are a variety of ways you can obtain this kind of information and use it. Here are just a few:


Do it yourself.

If you are a good facilitator yourself, pull your team together for a good team-building activity and use something like Strengthsfinder.  This will allow you to get to know your team, and all of them to get to know the strengths of their colleagues.

Invest in the Strengthsfinder book for each of your employees. The book has instructions to take the assessment online.  Your team members will each receive their top 5 strengths. Have them share their results with you and map out the strengths of your entire team so you can see where your team strengths lie, and where gaps exist. In addition, you can hold discussions amongst team members about their strengths and how they manifest in the team setting. If everyone can be honest with each other about how their strengths are exemplified in their work activities (or not), you can all have transparent conversations about the alignment of strengths with the roles that they fill. This can be a very enlightening experience and give you the perspective of where to move responsibilities to fit with strengths.

Hire a facilitator or coach to conduct assessments for your team.

This can be more expensive, but worth it if you don’t have time or the ‘strengths’ in this area to conduct this type of exercise yourself.

Most facilitators or coaches have their favorite assessments, and to be honest, you can learn something from any of them.  A good facilitator/coach can help you identify the nuggets from the assessment which will help you be more successful.

My favorite assessment is the Core Values Index™.

The CVI is right for you and your team if you’re tired of:

  • wondering why some people behave the way they do.
  • trying to figure out why your communication isn’t clear to some team members.
  • answering endless questions from team members who don’t seem to get it.
  • feeling like your team is constantly dealing with personal conflict in an unhealthy way.
  • struggling to hold your team members accountable.

The Core Values Index™ can help. Once you have the CVI profiles of your team, you will:

  • understand why people behave the way they do.
  • realize how you need to communicate differently to certain people and why.
  • anticipate the questions of the Innovator and Banker energies.
  • uncover new communication styles to deal with conflicts in your team.
  • know where to hold your team members accountable.

There are only 4 Core Values that we share:  Power, Love, Wisdom, and Knowledge. We all share these core values at different levels making us unique in the energy we bring to any situation.

For more information about the CVI you can check these posts below.

▪Check HERE for the post about getting to know your team with the CVI

▪See the post about Builders

▪Read the post about Merchants

▪Peruse the post about Innovators

▪Check the post about Bankers

Remember, the CVI will give your leaders the understanding and common terminology to enhance their communication and the ability to manage expectations with each other, and their teams.

In addition, if you want to try it first to understand what the assessment is like, please use this link:  Core Values Index™.  In addition, you can share the link with your team to discover their Core Values Index™ profile.

­­­­­­­­­­For more information on how we can help check www.coreimpactcoaching.com