Put your strengths to work – Orange in the Workplace

Strengths of the Orange Personality Type in the Workplace

It can be hard for some people to talk about themselves in positive ways;  at least that’s been my experience.  I begin most workshops by asking the participants to share two positive adjectives that describe them, and more often than not watch as they struggle to find the words.   For a variety of reasons, people aren’t comfortable talking about themselves.  Maybe they feel awkward, embarrassed and perhaps even boastful.  On the other hand, ask them what they aren’t good at and surprisingly they have very little difficulty coming up with a list.

Knowing your strengths is important for several reasons..

  1. It helps you make informed choices about what makes you happy at work, and the type of work you enjoy doing.
  2. When your strengths are known to you, it helps you determine what more you need to learn so that you can continue to grow.
  3. It improves your self-confidence, and lets face it, confident people are more enjoyable to be around.
  4. When you know your strengths, it allows you to better manage or work around your weaknesses.

In his book Go put your strengths to work Marcus Buckingham thoroughly explains the reasons why focusing on strengths is the only sensible course of action and takes you through a highly focused process of identifying personal strengths, and becomes your most personal ally in taking a stand for doing what makes you strong.

If you identify with  the True Colors Orange characteristics or work with Oranges the following information will be insightful.

Oranges learn by doing and are very physical in nature.  They love to compete and are very impulsive.  they thrive on immediate results and are always ‘on stage”.

As a True Colors Orange employee you…

  • Perform well in competitive situations” especially when there is  a lot of action
  • Love contents and ‘hands on’ activities
  • Love fun and excitement but may have difficulty with routines or structured activities
  • Enjoy putting what you have learned to immediate use
  • Perform best when you can apply skills learned in the workplace to the world in which you are living

As a True Colors Orange Manager  you ….

  • Give employees information that is immediately useful to them
  • Like to see direct results from working with employees in a ‘hands on’ fashion, rather than by methods which are more theoretical
  • Create a dynamic, exciting office atmosphere by using an ‘unconventional’ leadership approach
  • Excel in Sales, Marketing and Public Relations

Some research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work — in fact, only 17 percent of the workforce believe they use all of their strengths on the job.  You don’t have to be one of those statistics.  Learn as much as you can about your strengths and then Go put them to work.

Gillian Andries, is a Life and Career Coach and a certified True Colors facilitator  – Take a look at our True Colors Workshop options, then contact her to discuss your specific needs.