Put your strengths to work – Blue in the Workplace

Strengths of the True Colors Blue 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 Blue characteristics or work with Blues the following information will be insightful.

Blues feel good when magic springs from their employees learning experiences and growth.  They seek to create harmony in the workplace.  Blues work best using individualized instructions and they are always concerned about the ‘whole’ person.

As a True Colors Blue employee you…

  • Perform best in an open, interactive atmosphere
  • Appreciate honest and real feedback
  • Thrive in a humanistic, people-oriented environment
  • Can ‘turn off’ when conflicts arise but flourish in an atmosphere of cooperation
  • Appreciate if your supervisor values you as a person and has respect for your feelings
  • Are compassionate with others, making it a joy to work with people

As a True Colors Blue manager you…

  • Nurture and support the growth of your employees
  • Thrive on being a part of your employees personal and social awareness
  • Manage best by creating rapport with your employees
  • Use your imagination as a management tool
  • Involve employees in the decision-making process
  • Encourage a democratic office
  • Excel in human resources, benefits and project management

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.