Put your strengths to work – Gold in the workplace

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

Golds are committed to preserving the time-honored ideal on which good business system are founded.  They are very punctual and have a strong sense of right and wrong.  Golds think problems through before making decisions and preserve and transmit cultural heritage within an organization

As a True Colors Gold Employee you…

  • Perform well when work content is structured and clearly defined
  • Feel that abstract ideas and concepts should not be introduced until the foundations of a subject are plainly presented
  • Need to know if you are on the right track
  • Acknowledge that rules and directions are of great help to you
  • Agree that employees should share in the responsibilities and duties in the office

As a True Colors Gold Manager you…

  • Prefer your office to be organized and routines well-structured
  • Encourage employees to develop responsibility and skills
  • Are a firm and fair disciplinarian
  • Structure learning in a step-by-step fashion
  • Encourage team effort
  • Feel responsible for employees training
  • Are supportive of training for employees, as you believe they are the building blocks of an organization
  • Excel in fiscal matters and long-term planning

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.