Archive for month: October, 2017

To “know thyself”, ask “who am I”?

Thanks to Lindsay McMurray for this assessment from Taylor Protocols – the Core Values Index: The Core Values Index™ (CVI™)

“The secret is not to learn how to have fun and joy at work; the secret is to do work that is naturally engaging to who you are and what you are, so you know that you are making your highest and best contribution. This allows you to experience real joy naturally as part of your work-life… Sometimes this makes the right job downright fun… The CVI™ is used for a number of different projects including: Top Performer Profiles™Human Capital Audits™Executive Team Profile™, company restructuring, hiring, coaching, development and team-building.”

“Michelle, the CVI assessment found you are an INNOVATOR-MERCHANT.

What does this mean? This means your primary core value is Innovator – An Innovator’s core value energy is WisdomWisdom is the ability to see the way things are, and discern what to do about it. You accurately assess situations and provide solutions. Your secondary core value is Merchant – A Merchant’s core value energy is LoveLove in this sense is working toward an inspired vision of what can be, by nurturing the core values in one’s self and in others. You thrive at building relationships and providing an inspired vision for those around you.”


Innovator/merchants are problem solvers first, needing constant puzzles to solve but working well with others. They see the big picture and lead from creativity. The power of an innovator/merchant is derived from an inexhaustible well of creativity. This creates a deep sense of optimism.

This constant creativity makes the innovator/merchant an invaluable resource in companies where technologies are changing rapidly or competition puts new demands on the marketing and sales systems of the company. They can sell anything because they build relationships, understand their products, and know how to make them fit into a broad range of customer needs.

Innovator/merchants are not put off by any problem of any magnitude. They look for opportunities to demonstrate their prowess at problem solving or at turning around difficult relationships that are at risk.

Innovator/merchants like to be needed, either for their solutions and technologies or for their humanity, creativity and love. This need drives them to achieve relationships that are vision-based and growth-oriented, and to develop products or systems that enhance the richness of the relationships that are formed.

Innovator/merchants are go-anywhere, do-anything kinds of people. For the innovator, the absorption into the problem-solving aspects of any assignment will carry him a long way as long as there remains an opportunity to observe others evaluating and appraising his work once it is finished.

Innovator/merchants, despite their ability to sustain themselves independently, thrive in a team environment. They are excellent team builders and great teachers. They are masters of context and relevance. They not only are good at planning a curriculum and basing it in logic and reasonableness, but they consider the bigger picture. They pay attention to their environment, entertainment, energy levels, and motivation. They enjoy creating exciting and provocative learning situations.

However, innovator/merchants, unrestrained, can be unproductive for themselves and society…..” And I’ll leave it there, so you just see the positives! Ask me about the challenges of the innovator/merchant – or contact Lindsay McMurray for your own assessment!

a thread through September – on being oneself…

I noticed a thread through my September conversations – I wonder if this will speak to you – I”ll post this on, tag you and then figure out what questions to ask… later. Let me know what thoughts you have, maybe easier over on

Check out The art of being yourself by Caroline McHugh – I’ve placed a link on this page – scroll to the bottom…

Turns out…the quirky authentic you is the one we want to know – and the one who can be the most help – with both individual and organizational challenges.