The Gold Personality at work
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True Colors is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Green, Blue and Gold are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors™. In this 5 part series get to know all about your True Colors
Just because I’m detail oriented and thorough doesn’t mean I don’t know how to have fun, or does it?
People love to make assumptions especially when it comes to others. For example, if an employee accepts every challenge we might label him as Confident and assume he has the skills to lead the team, while another who quietly does his work is deemed to be lacking self-confidence.
Making assumptions and labeling comes naturally to us, it’s how we make sense of our lives and experiences. But the problem with labeling others is that it affects our interactions.
That’s why participating in a True Colors workshop is so insightful, it gives us a chance to learn about the strengths, motivations and communication styles of all four True Colors personality types – Green, Blue, Gold and Orange.
Successful people know who they are and what their True Colors are… when you know what your core values and needs are and feel good about them; you can perform at your highest potential in every area of life. And when you share a working, mutual understanding of other’ core values and needs, you have the basis to communicate, motivate, and achieve common goals with utmost dignity, efficacy, and mutual respect.”
Don Lowry, creator of True Colors.
About True Colors – Gold
People who can relate to True Colors – Gold are motivated by their underlying values which include duty and responsibility, accuracy, order and tradition to name a few.
|Gold see themselves as:
||Others label them:
If you don’t relate to the way True Colors – Gold see themselves and find yourself labeling others as described here, your personality type is likely one of the other True Colors (Blue, Green, Orange),So, to give you further insight into how all the True Colors’ Types, think and interact, I’ll introduce you to Rachel, Stephen, Bob and Grace in a series of five articles that focus on One True Color at a time.
Meet Rachel (a True Colors – Gold):
Rachel has asked to meet Stephen offsite for their regularly scheduled meeting. Stephen is ‘37’ minutes late, and hasn’t called. When he finally arrives, rather than explain himself, he makes an off-the-cuff joke and says he doesn’t have his project file with him.Rachel is livid and struggles to keep her displeasure under wraps.
If her thoughts were audible we’d hear:
“This guy is unbelievable; he’s late again! What is so difficult about getting to a meeting on time and being prepared?
Rachel feels incapable of working with Stephen because she thinks he’s disorganized and irresponsible and may not share her work ethic. Her thoughts about Stephen’s are those of a typical True Colors – Gold. Punctuality, organization and preparedness are strongly held values of a True Colors – Gold – but Stephen doesn’t get that.
However, Rachel’s thoughts also reflect her lack of appreciation for Stephen’s True Colors type. If she understood him better she might be able to manage her feelings and find a way to work more effectively with him.
Next time, we’ll focus on True Colors-Orange to get Stephen’s perspective on this scenario
In the meantime, notice all the different ways you interpret and label other people’s actions or what you hear them say. Then, before you make assumptions about what’s going on, say to them..
“I notice (fill in the blank) what’s that about?
By stating the facts without interpretation or labeling you accomplish two things:
- You eliminate any judgments or anxiety you might be feeling and
- You’ve made the other person aware of a behavior they may not be conscious of.
You can also try this self-reflection exercise. For example: Notice what annoys you about other people. What things do they do or say that triggers a response in you? What crosses your mind? How do you feel when you are annoyed? How does feeling annoyed change your behavior?
By the end of this series of articles, all four True Colors Types will come together to learn about each other. I hope this sheds some insight into your True Colors too.