The Green 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 doesn’t freely express his emotions we might label him cold and assume he doesn’t have the skills to lead, while another who is very expressive is deemed to be lacking self-discipline.
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 – Green
People who relate to True Colors – Green are motivated by their underlying values which include autonomy, creativity, fairness, accuracy, efficiency and quiet time for thinking, to name a few
|Green see themselves as:
||Others label them:
If you don’t relate to the way True Colors – Green see themselves and find yourself labeling others as described here, your personality type is likely one of the other True Colors (Blue, Orange, Gold),
So, to give you further insight into how all the True Color Types, think and interact, I’ll introduce you to Rachel, Stephen, Bob and Grace in a series of articles that focus on one True Color at a time.
In our previous articles on True Colors Personalities – Gold and Green you’ve learned about the challenges faced by Rachel and Stephen. Now Meet Bob (a True Colors – Green):
Bob has asked Grace, one of his team leaders, to give him an update on a project that’s due in a week. Rather than jumping right into her presentation as Bob would have preferred, Grace spends the first five minutes sharing her concerns for one of the members of her team. While she’s talking, Bob is reviewing her report and notices an error. He abruptly cuts her off with a sarcastic remark about the mistake.
Bob is feeling stressed and is having difficulty managing his frustration. If his thoughts were audible, we’d hear:
“Grace doesn’t get it. I don’t have the time to listen to her concerns about one of her team members. Doing a job well means paying attention to all the details. If she spent as much time focusing as she does making sure everyone ‘feels’ good, she might have done her work right. I can’t work with someone who doesn’t have the same high standards as I do.
Bob thinks that working with Grace is going to be a challenge for him because she isn’t good with details and may not share his work ethic. His thoughts about Grace are typical of a True Colors – Green. Competency, attention to detail and logical thinking are strongly held values of a True Colors – Green – but Grace doesn’t get that.
However, Bob’s thoughts also reflect his lack of appreciation for Grace’s True Colors type. If he understood her better he might be able to manage his feelings and find a way to work more effectively with her.
Next time, we’ll focus on True Colors – Blue to get Grace’s perspective on this scenario.
In the meantime, keep noticing 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?
All four True Colors communicate their thoughts and feelings with more than their words. 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.