The Core Drivers framework forms the backbone of Deeper Signals’ approach to understanding an individual’s talents. Grounded in science and data, the Core Drivers describes how we show up and perform at work. Yet, as with most things, our talent is also subject to the “too much of a good thing” effect. That is our Core Drivers — sources of strength and talent — can become overused and dysfunctional when at their extreme. We call these behaviors “Core Risks”.
Let’s take the Passionate Core Driver. Normally this describes people who are critical, emotionally sensitive and in tune with their feelings. However, when Passionate people are overwhelmed, they can become “Intense” — anxious, worried and self-critical, behaviors that strain relationships and one’s ability to perform. Similarly, Candid individuals are typically direct, upfront and straightforward. Yet, they can become “Insensitive” to other’s emotions leading to conflict, a lack of empathy and group tension. In the graphic below you can see how each of the 12 Core Drivers turn into Core Risks.
Each Core Driver, a strength, has a Core Risk. When attempting to amplify our talents, we must stay aware of the associated risks of overusing or relying on them when we drop our guard. Although uncomfortable and unintuitive, learning to live with our Core Risks can help us become more successful, more balanced, and better colleagues.
How Core Drivers become Core Risks