It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
“If you want to get things done well, you have to do it yourself“.
That statement came from Brian, a member of the Gold group during a True Colors Teambuilding workshop. I’d asked participants to break out into Orange, Green, Gold and Blue color groups and to identify their values, strengths and the things that cause them stress. Later they would share this information with their colleagues. While the Orange group were reporting out, Brian let everyone know that in his opinion the gold group were better than the orange group.
The Team Reaction
Needless to say, Brian’s comment generated heated and emotional responses from just about everyone else in the room. The perfect learning moment was created and the rest of Brian’s colleagues helped him understand the flaw in his point of view.
Karen, a member of the Gold group pointed out that while the members of her group tend to be more detailed oriented, every person in the room is capable of getting things done well, and while we might go about doing things differently, it doesn’t mean that one group is better than another. “We all share Gold, Green, Blue and Orange traits.”
Karen appreciated the diversity of her group, and that’s what makes True Colors workshops interesting and exciting. When people realize that we don’t all have to do things in the same way to be effective, we can capitalize on the strengths of each color group to get things done well, and that’s one of the best ways to truly embrace diversity.
Note: We’ve changed the names of the participants