The True Colors types learn how to work together
This is the final article in a series that focused on the Gold, Orange, Green and Blue True Colors personalities at work. In previous articles you learned about some of the workplace conflicts experienced by co-workers Rachel and Stephen and Bob and Grace. Their experiences are pretty typical of people who lack awareness of their own unique way of seeing and doings things and who fail to appreciate or acknowledge their co-workers unique personalities and work style.
In this article Rachel and Stephen and Bob and Grace attend a True Colors workshop organized by their company’s HR department. They are told that participating in a Team building workshop will help improve their working relationships by giving them a chance to learn about the strengths, motivations and communication styles of all four True Colors personality types – Green, Blue, Gold and Orange.
Before we get to the workshop, here’s a quick recap of Rachel and Stephen’s story.
Rachel feels incapable of working with Stephen because (in her opinion) he’s disorganized and irresponsible and may not share her work ethic. Rachel doesn’t know it yet, but her thoughts about Stephen are typical of True Colors – Gold. Rachel also fails to appreciate Stephen’s True Colors type.
On the other hand Stephen feels apprehensive about working with Rachel because (from his point of view) she’s too serious and may not share his work ethic. Stephen doesn’t know it yet, but how he feels about her judgmental attitude is typical of True Colors – Orange. Stephen also fails to appreciate Rachel’s True Colors type.
Bob and Grace have a different set of issues, here’s a recap of their stories.
Bob thinks that working with Grace is going to be challenging because she isn’t good with details and may not share his work ethic. Bob doesn’t know it yet, but his feelings about Grace are typical of a True Colors – Green. Bob also fails to appreciate Grace’s True Colors type.
On the other hand working with Bob is too uncomfortable for Grace because (in her opinion) he is highly critical and standoffish and may not share her work ethic. Grace doesn’t know it yet, but the way she feels about Bob’s lack of compassion is typical of a True Colors – Blue . Grace also lacks appreciation for Bob’s True Colors type.
Rachel and Bob aren’t too happy about taking time out of their busy day to take another workshop, but Stephen and Grace are optimistic.
True Colors Team building Workshop
This particular True Colors Workshop is focused on Teambuilding and takes about three and a half hours. The workshop is comprehensive, interactive and lots of fun and with the help of an experienced facilitator, participants are divided into groups and guided through a variety of exercises that help them gain a new appreciation for their colleagues and co-workers.
Rachel learns that she is a True Colors Gold and strongly values punctuality, organization and preparedness and that Stephen is a True Colors Orange and strongly values flexibility, getting things done quickly and having fun. Throughout the morning they work separately in their color groups and then later in their blended color groups. Although Rachel and Stephen have been working in the same department for several years, they begin to appreciate some of the misconceptions they had about each other, and discover they have more in common than they realized.
Bob learns that he is a True Colors Green and strongly values competency, attention to detail and logical thinking, and that Grace is a True Colors Blue and strongly values teamwork, concern for others and compassion. Like Rachel and Stephen, they too work in their separate color groups and then in a blended group. Bob and Grace recognize that changing the way they communicate with each will go a long way to resolving some of their earlier concerns.
If you asked Rachel, Stephen, Bob and Grace specifically what they learned here’s what they’d say:
- We experienced the power of team work; learned about our personality color spectrum and the color spectrum of our colleagues and co-workers.
- We identified how our true colors are expressed at work, and identified the traits of a successful team and the stages of team development;
- We have a new appreciation for our roles as Team Members and Team Leaders; and each color’s contribution to the team as well as the pitfalls and pathways to success;
- I now understand what our team’s color profile is, and its implications, and best of all we identified specific ways to work effectively with ALL team members.
Rachel and Stephen and Bob and Grace now have a better understanding of each other and commit to practicing what they learned and to holding each other accountable. They now share a new language that will help them to be more effective communicators at work and at home.
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
True Colors is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors Blue, Green, Orange, and Gold are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors.