What are Core Drills and Why are They Important?


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Every so often I get asked about CoreDrills. People want to know what is it and why it’s important. If you’ve taken the CliftonStrengths assessment (formerly known as Strengths Finder) you’ve figured out what your top talents are but CoreDrills can take it a step further.

Like I’ve said before, you don’t want to just put your Strengths Assessment results back on the shelf. The best thing to do with these results is to intentionally develop a skill related to your talents, acquire more knowledge and experience about it, and actually utilize these unique characteristics in your everyday life. That’s where CoreDrills come in.

So What Exactly Is a CoreDrill?

A CoreDrill is really a representation of the talents that you have in the quadrants in which they exist. In other words, each of the 34 talents can be categorized into a particular grouping. Those groupings of talents share certain traits. There are four of those in the work that we do. 

There are Connect (blue) talents, which connect you with other people and the way that you do that as a leading way of being as an individual. There are Reflect (green) talents which are those that really speak to the way our brains work and the way we think. Next, there are Energize (orange) talents, which are all about wanting to get started and finish tasks. They’re sort of that itch for action that some of us have as a leading way of being. Finally, there are Mobilize (magenta) talents, which help us through our passion, to engage and motivate others.

The Value of CoreDrills

Some of us have those as a very prevalent part of who we are as well. The real value of the CoreDrill is that it sort of summarizes your talents regardless of what they are within each of the quadrants. Remember, you may find that your results favor a particular quadrant but that doesn’t mean you won’t have talents in other quadrants as well. Some of your top talents per quadrant may vary, but here’s a quick summary of what that can look like.

  • Connect (blue) – Communication, Empathy, Harmony, Includer, Individualization, Relator, Responsibility
  • Mobilize (magenta) – Command, Competition, Developer, Maximizer, Positivity, Woo
  • Energize (orange) – Achiever, Activator, Adaptability, Belief, Discipline, Focus, Restorative, Self-Assurance, Significance
  • Reflect (green) – Analytical, Arranger, Connectedness, Consistency, Context, Deliberative, Futuristic, Ideation, Input, Learner

We can also understand ourselves a bit at a glance when we look at our CoreDrill. In a way, a CoreDrill is a summation of the mix of talents that we have. If we can understand what our CoreDrill is and what another person’s CoreDrill is, we can take much more intentional action in terms of how we choose to interact with them.

In addition, we’ll have a clearer understanding of the ways that we can begin to look at any kinds of challenges that we might be having with another individual and be much more intentional about what we do with that.

Utilize Your CoreDrill As Often As You Can

So our individual CoreDrill is is pretty much superpower that we have, just at a glance. If you have your top five talents, go here to take a quick quiz by inputting your talents and see what your CoreDrill is. We have great descriptions of what that means, and very engaging content for you to learn a bit more about what your mix of talent says about you.

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