Your Engineering Team & How to Know Your Team Member’s Talents

Dear Christian Radio,

On May 3rd, 2016, Kayla Sanders posted a wonderful article about ‘Who Are You?’ concerning how to assess the skills of your team and maximize the potential of your team. I would like to continue that discussion from the perspective of a technical member. For reference, Kayla’s article is located at

To recap, the CVI (Core Values Index) can score you into one of four core value categories: Builder, Merchant, Banker & Innovator. When the assessment test is conducted, you will have a primary and a secondary core value. If you take the test yourself and/or with your teams, you will gain insight as to how they can work together and complement each other.

I’ll dig into how you can work with a technical team or team member using these concepts. You may be a General Manager, President, Vice President or Engineering Manager but all of these principles are still the same – understanding these team members allows you to work and communicate in a whole new light.

Let’s dig into a few of the core values for your technical team members:

Builders: These individuals have a “decide and do” attitude as described by Taylor Protocols, the creator of the Core Values Index. These individuals can act decisively on gut instincts and make things happen. For the engineering team, they can make decisions on the fly and can work in time-sensitive situations with great ease. A Builder’s role can be to implement and push forward the ideas of the Merchants, Bankers and Innovators.

Merchants: Is there even a place for a core value of ‘love’ in a technical team member? If you haven’t already guessed, yes, every core value is important in a balanced team and Merchants play a very important role in a technical team. These individuals have a “talk and listen” attitude and highly value relationships. A technical team member with these qualities will be able to interact well with the other non-technical team members to fully communicate ideas and concepts. A Merchant will have the ability to train others on new procedures/systems, diagnose issues with the teams & translate issues between non-technical and technical team members.

Bankers: These individuals have a ‘read and analyze’ mindset to their work. Bankers are the individuals who love to make lists & document everything. Someone in this role will document systems and equipment for other team members. This individual is the one who will read the manual on the new piece of equipment to find out how it works.

Innovator: An Innovator has a ‘observe and solve’ mindset, which makes them the problem solvers. The innovators love to build new systems and create multiple solutions to problems. They will work through the problem in their head (and on paper) until they have exhausted all possible solutions to solve a problem.

After reading these four core values, I would think of an Innovator as the classic definition of an engineer. However, having a well-rounded team who has different core values is essential to a well – working machine. Whether you have a team with no technical team members, one, or even a dozen, the same concepts apply for building that team. You will need people in different roles who will complement each other. Digging in deep to the strengths of each team member can be highly rewarding.

More information is available from the following sources:

Kayla Sanders article on Dear Christian Radio on the Core Value Index (

Taylor Protocols, creator of the Core Values Index (

Dear Christian Radio –
1. Assessing the core values of your technical team members can be rewarding by determining how they think & approach their work.

2. There are roles for Merchants, Bankers, Builders and Innovators on the team.

3. Build upon the strengths of the people in those roles!

David Hodges, Director of Engineering
Positive Alternative Radio

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