We have all heard the golden rule – Treat others the way you want to be treated.
But how well does that work? This statement or “rule” assumes that everyone is like you and when they are not like you – when someone reacts to something you said or did in a manner you did not expect – then that person is “difficult.”
The truth is we are all different and different does not have to mean difficult. When we think of someone as difficult, we stop trying to understand the other person. He or she is difficult…end of story. There’s no other possible explanation for his/her behavior.
Or is there?
What Is True Colors?
Since the beginning of time, many thinkers and leaders have asked a similar question: Why do people behave the way they do? In 400 B.C., the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, explained human behavior by the secretion of bodily fluids. Then in the 1920s, Carl Jung introduced the concept of introversion and extroversion.
Don Lowry created the True Colors methodology in 1978. True Colors is a personality assessment that is uses four colors – Gold, Blue, Green and Orange – to represent four different personality types.
What Do the Colors Mean?
- Gold Personality: A gold personality values order, tradition and stability. Golds love checklists, agendas and efficiency. Golds are excellent planners because it’s all in the details!
- Blue Personality: A blue personality values harmony, relationships and compassion. Blues love great conversations and creative self-expression. Blues are nurturers who care deeply about people!
- Green Personality: A green personality values knowledge, accuracy and data. Greens love questions and seek to understand the big picture. Greens are problem solvers who need time to think!
- Orange Personality: An orange personality values variety, adventure and fun. Oranges love hands-on experiences, movement and competition. Oranges are risk-takers who can take action!
Why True Colors Matters
True Colors is a powerful tool to understand yourself and others. What if your employee is not “difficult” but simply prefers order and structure? How might knowing someone’s True Colors spectrum change your approach and thinking?
Most people are not trying to be “difficult.” They wish to be treated with respect and to work in an environment where their Colors, experiences, and opinions are valued. Treating others the way you would like to be treated does not take into account the diversity in the workplace. We bring different strengths, needs, values and stressors to the workplace.
By gaining awareness of our True Colors spectrum and those of others, we can build high-trust relationships with others and create a healthier workplace.
Would you like to learn your True Colors spectrum? Contact us to bring True Colors to your organization.