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  • Writer's pictureLynn Taylor

10 great ways to waste your Wisdom

Updated: May 24, 2018

In the ancient cultures, as humanity began to move from hunting and gathering to agrarian and trade-based economic societies, four principle types of business practitioners (social contributors) evolved: Builders, Merchants, Innovators and Bankers. Everyone has a unique recipe of preference and capacity for each of the four fundamental Core Values.

This is part 3 in a 4-part series exploring each type of social contributor, how they got their start, what separates each from the other, and the vital role each plays in the world. Which do you most identify with? Why? Share your thoughts as we take a walk on the core-value side of the world…

Welcome to Wisdom.


Independent, tenacious individuals became the Innovators. The specialized in new mechanical and technological devices, business processes, and social solutions that allowed builders, bankers, and merchants to continue their forward progress. These innovators improved systems of government and economics and advanced systems of theology, philosophy, and psychology. They devised the systems and mechanisms that hold society together. Because they were innovators in their deepest nature, they were never willing to stop thinking and brainstorming and experimenting until incredible new tools and weapons and systems were devised. They provided the wisdom and strategies for their society, lifting their fellow citizens to new heights of achievement and security.

We define Wisdom as

The ability to see the way things are,

and know what to do about it.

The primary contribution of the Wisdom core energy is to make an assessment that leads to the right solution. This core value is driven by cognitive reasoning combined with intuitive observation. Thoughtful responses to circumstances and investment of personal problem solving energy in a given situation, gives the Wisdom activated person the sense of understanding circumstances and issues, which leads to right strategies and elegant systems, creating better results because of their personal presence and wise guidance

Leadership in any endeavor requires a solid capacity for wisdom. Almost any job requires some capacity for Wisdom that is easily and readily accessible in the leader and trusted by others on the team.

The capacity for Wisdom is so important, it is essential that we understand the benefits and significant contributions that are made by people who are willing to be the Wisdom in the room. It is also essential that we are able to avoid some of the ways that Wisdom-based individuals waste their Wisdom.

When Wisdom is applied at the right time, in the right circumstances, in the right manner, the effects are dramatic and real.

When Wisdom strategies are used at the wrong time, in the wrong circumstances, in an ineffective manner, the negative effects are dramatic and real.

So here are ten well-tested and validated ways for Wisdom-based individuals to waste their Wisdom.

1. Figure everything out yourself.

2. Ignore today’s real issues. Delay making decisions and taking actions.

3. Design systems and processes that are perfect but completed too late.

4. Dismiss the insights and understanding of others- argue to prove your own wisdom.

5. Get lost in reasoning things out—fail to finish and decide.

6. Slow your teams down.

7. Expand the complexity of circumstances and problems.

8. Use impersonal communication instead of face-to-face debate.

9. Never stop improving everything.

10. Dishonor the core values in others.

Innovators constantly add to society with their ability to solve problems and to observe and understand situations, striving toward effective solutions. When others around them claim, “It can’t be done,” innovators come up with a possibility and ask, “What if?” Innovators keep projects rolling by providing alternative solutions for builders, merchants, and bankers. Innovators always find a better way.

They lead through brainstorming, innovation, and strategic thinking, and through the provision of effective strategies. They lead by questioning and by providing critical answers for critical situations. Their strategy is to hold back, observing everything, always working toward a personal under- standing of a given situation or problem. From this place of understanding, they are able to provide wise solutions, effective strategies.

The innovator’s core value is wisdom, seeing the way things are and discerning what to do about it. Wisdom is the profound and essential attribute that allows a person to make effective choices. Wisdom is the ability to discern and weigh one’s option, benefits, and consequences.

The innovator takes knowledge and basic facts and applies them to find all conceivable outcomes, choosing the best of them as the wise response. The innovator’s pursuit and perfection of wisdom provides him with the capacity for quick and thorough assessment, prioritization, and reconfiguration of solutions, systems, and processes. The innovator’s wisdom allows him to solve problems.

Without innovators, businesses would have a difficult time growing. Innovator wisdom makes the conception and design of products possible. It opens market opportunities and resolves conflicts with vendors, customers, and employees. Wisdom is the linchpin of all problem-solving. Wisdom applied in the workplace makes on-going success an achievable dream.

The innovator contributes to the team by never giving up on finding a solution. They are extremely patient and you will often find them sit- ting in isolation in order to assess the appropriate solution to a challenging problem.

These behaviors stem from the innovator’s core value, wisdom. The need to find the conceivable outcomes for every situation motivates the innovator in every decision, judgment, and action that they take. Wisdom influences the innovator and helps him make contributions to his team.

In order to build self-respect, innovators need to feel that others value their wisdom. Their wisdom has to be applied to worthy situations and perceived by others as a necessary element of doing business.

The amount of self-respect gained through work is directly derived from the complexity of the problems against which they are matched. The bigger the problem, the more robust and valued the innovator feels. When we use the systems and processes that innovators so carefully concoct, we nurture their strongest core value.

Are you an Innovator-first person? Is your boss? Your spouse? In what way do Innovators contribute in your life? Ever felt like you’ve gone head-to-head with an Innovator?

Take the CVI to learn more about the Builder and all of the essential four Core Values.


Lynn Taylor is creator of the Core Values Index™ (CVI), the first and only human-nature assessment to measure the innate, unchanging nature of a person. The Core Values Index is used by companies and coaches around the globe. With it, we align job tasks to innate nature so that work becomes a natural expression of one’s true self. Companies are more profitable as a result, turnover plummets, leadership teams are better equipped to complete critical initiatives, and employees are more engaged, fulfilled and loyal. Find the right talent, reposition existing talent, and lift all individuals to greater outcomes with the CVI.

Learn more at, or better yet, give Lynn and his team a shout at 206.283.8144 to see where the CVI can take YOU!

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