The Relational Spectrum: 5. CVS

The order of the MDNA gifts reveals a relational spectrum. The further you are on the left, the less relational engagement is required to synchronize with your intrinsic motivation. The further to the right, the opposite is true. To be clear, everybody needs relationships to be a holistic and healthy individual. In this series we will examine each gift on the spectrum.

CVS: Compelling Value & Stewardship

Make no bones about it, all CVS, unless heavily influenced by a secondary, value their independence and privacy greatly. You won't find a CVS voluntarily spilling their guts or telling you a life story. Unless of course, there is perceived value in it. To the CVS, time is just as valuable a commodity as money. Therefore, socially speaking, time is a major factor for the CVS to engage in relationships. This does not mean the CVS is not intrinsically motivated by relationships. They are.

The CVS sees value in people and believes in helping others--just not at the cost of privacy, independence and ROI. For example, if a CVS makes a donation, they prefer to do it privately and most often anonymously. Yet the donation is made because of a combination of relational connection and calculated social ROI.

In summary, the CVS being on the right side of the relational spectrum, is very intrinsically motivated by social engagement. They just may not appear to be relational on the surface (many CVS are accused of being cold and arrogant). But deep down, they can be the resourceful gift that keeps on giving in all areas of an organization.