A Colors Explanation Of the Election?

November 7th, 2015

This is NOT about politics – it’s only about Colors. I sent this to a relative two weeks before the Canadian election date, but many of you asked. It doesn’t explain everything, and should use the words “typically..sometimes…often…might…frequently…” throughout! I’d love it if you disagree. Just send me a note…please?

35% of Canadians are Gold. They’re traditional..my dad drove a Chevy, so I drive one, they frequent the same restaurant, are great savers, and really conservative with money. It’s why tons of them generally vote Conservative (balanced budget, live on what you make, etc.)

Oranges are 20%. They have a lot of opinions, intend to vote, but then something comes up that day, or they show up at the polling station, see the long line, and often leave. It doesn’t help that Canada has almost no Orange politicians that connect with them in at least “telling it like it is.”

Greens are 14%. They’ll be very well informed, and do vote, but they aren’t a big enough group to make a significant impact. The exception would be Elizabeth May on Victoria Island, a magnet for a certain type of Greens.

Blues are 30% in Canada (about a third of that in the US). Most of them are female, and millions of them live in Ontario and control elections. They typically tend to vote social issues. That’s why we have universal health care, one year maternity leave, social programs, and many other things that do cost money and taxes but are priorities to Blues in “taking care of others.” (But a big conflict with Blue/Golds)

Green Prime Minister Harper can’t and hasn’t connected with them. They see Justin Trudeau as smiling, energetic, positive, “nice,” and talking a lot about social programs, unity, coming together, etc. That’s who they’re going to vote for. Nope, it’s not entirely logical, nor is it the only reason, but they will. In a conflict between spending on people or balanced budgets, they’ll be torn – but the “helping people” part typically wins out.

Studies show that scandals have a lifespan of six months tops before people don’t use it in their voting decision. The former Liberal nightmares were all 10 years ago. Studies also show over and over that people HATE negative ads. But they work. They just don’t work with most Blues, and that’s strike #80 or so against the PC party’s ad strategy.

Ontario (where millions of Blues live) last week became the highest indebted non-country in the world! Their debt is more than financial basket-case California, which has 10 times the population! Provincially and federally, voters have a very long track record of not making that a priority in their votes. In Ontario, the liberals will gain tons of seats, and that will be a wrap on the election….

In Quebec it’s the same. They have massively subsidized daycare, huge social programs, etc. that are killing the provincial finances. They may be worth it, or they may not be affordable, but it is what it is. That’s one big reason Quebec hasn’t voted Conservative since the 80s. There, it’s either NDP (in the last election), or Liberals this time.


Greens Might Want to Move to:

November 7th, 2015

Want to find a city that might totally fit your first Color? If you’re Green, it may be:

Silicon Valley, CA: Any must-move-to list has to start with this area for innovative Greens. The city thrives on intellectually stimulating environments that encourage both logical thinking and creativity. The huge quantity of tech companies and startups allow the Green inquisitive and project-focused Greens to thrive. There’s no shortage of brainpower here, which means Greens will never run out of new ideas…to develop…or pick apart…

Hong Kong, China: This city offers a diverse fusion of the Eastern and Western world with enough languages, diversity, and opportunity to keep Greens intellectually stimulated for a lifetime. Greens live to explore new avenues of thoughts and methods of experiencing life. This sprawling city is as diverse as the mind of any Green. The constant new opportunities to learn, progress and change matches the values of Greens in their ever-evolving existence.

Seattle, Washington: This is one of the most highly educated and literate cities in the US. The city offers a perfect fit for the cerebral Greens who are open-minded, yet guarded – curious, yet hesitant – private, yet deeply intrigued. Seattle fits Greens in being a very progressive city where the science and technology fields attract massive numbers of Greens. It gives them the ideal peer group (with credibility) with whom to share thoughts, ideas, and theories. As a bonus, the frequent gloomy weather drives people indoors, giving Greens the perfect excuse to focus on their work.

(Adapted from Heidi Priebe FB posting)

A Significant Gold Curse

September 28th, 2015

After a recent seminar, a Gold lady wanted to ask me why she felt like such a failure: “Sometimes I get so depressed with all the things I haven’t accomplished yet”. What? When she broke it down, her Gold stress was all based on a to-do list she first set for herself when she came to Canada a decade ago: Do this in five years, do this by year seven, get this done, then have this accomplished, and so on.

The scripting she did in the first few months is still depressing her to this day! It’s not just her, it’s almost every Gold scripting decades into the future for their kids, their careers, the money they’ve saved (or not) for retirement, getting their professional designation, upgrading, promotion, and a host of other issues.

The typical Gold black or white mindset, and fixed to do list, can make Golds feel like a failure and become depressing at times. It’s not likely they’ll share that with others, though. Golds tend to be very private, they believe it will probably make them sound like losers, others likely wouldn’t understand, and it’s not like they could do anything about it. So why verbalize it, if there’s nothing to be accomplished by it.

While it’s much easier said than done, it’s really important to stay in the moment. It takes some work, but you need to stop scripting so much so far ahead, in such vivid detail. Yes, you want to plan, but plan things that are within your control! That doesn’t include a lifetime roadmap for your kids and the likes!

The only people who can “make” a script come true are movie producers. They call “cut” and start over and over again until it’s to their liking. That’s not the real world where “stuff” happens! Be aware of what’s within your control to script, what is legitimate planning, and the (many) times when you’re setting yourself up for guaranteed failure! After all, you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge when the gift of planning turns to the curse of scripting.
Here is another example: Hi George. I have a girl working for me who heard from her mom that her grandpa had another heart attack. I asked why she wasn’t with him at the hospital? She told me her mom was at grandpas going through his photo collection getting ready for the funeral!! I said to her, but he hasn’t passed away yet?!?! And she replied no, but that her mom is a very “organized” lady and was getting ready..in case…. Is that not a somewhat scary definition of a high gold??? Yikes! ( btw, it’s been weeks and her grandpa is still hanging on!!) JB


Your Color Should Probably Live In…

September 28th, 2015

Want to find a city where that likely totally fits your first Color? Here are three suggestions for Golds and Oranges: (We’ll cover Blues and Greens next month)

Golds: Zurich, Switzerland: Ah, nothing like a clean, well-ordered city where everyone gets along nicely and everything works as it should. Reserved but polite, the citizens of Switzerland don’t like to raise much of a fuss unless they have to. They get business done, then retire to their well-maintained homes with their close-knit families. No fuss, no muss, no big disagreements. Always neutral Switzerland is the ideal spot for getting-along Golds.

Shanghai, China: It’s known as the economic, commercial, and financial center of China – ideal for business-minded Golds. This is a city and Color that thrives on efficiency and progression in the workplace. It’s the big leagues of international business, putting hard working Golds right into the heart of opportunities.

Berlin, Germany: Golds value clear-cut, upstanding efficiencies and Germany offers an ideal cultural fit. This historic city has a huge no-nonsense focus on education, development, and intellect. The city and the Color has no hesitation when it comes to getting things done, and done efficiently and on-time. Patriotic to the core, but private in their personal lives, Golds will certainly enjoy the structured, independent values of Berlin!
Oranges: Queenstown, New Zealand: Called the “Adrenaline capital of the world” is pretty much all Oranges need to know. It’s like a giant playground to the sensory-oriented Oranges who thrive on hands-on activities and are drawn to extreme sports like heliskiing, skydiving, and hang gliding. They can usually be found dangling from cliffs with a Gopro strapped to their heads. Oranges are very independent by nature and adventurous in spirit…more or less the exact definition of a Kiwi.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Oranges like it hot – in many senses of the phrase. Rio is alive and vibrant with music, culture, passion, and excitement. They want to be where the action is and the party never stops. Rio has unlimited opportunities for people-focused Colors to mingle, mix, network, and live it up. Plus, the mind-blowing backdrop of the city and the coming Olympics!

Los Angeles: Ah, to be where the people are…particularly the people hooking up and living it up. Oranges thrive on connections, which makes the celebrity filled city of Angels an ideal spot to be in the limelight and at the center of the latest goings-on. And the constantly changing nature of the film industry where it matters a lot who you know and whether you can get yourself noticed…probably not going to be a problem is it, Oranges? (Adapted from Heidi Priebe FB posting)


Blues Would Rather Be Happy Than Right!

September 28th, 2015

For any high Blue, being happy is almost always the easy choice. It’s less about being right, and more about getting along. Blues also know that there is no such thing as a win-lose. Just because someone thinks they’ve won in an argument or got their way with a Blue – that doesn’t mean they’ve “won.” They’ve actually lost. Lost a little trust, a small part of the relationship has been eroded, and thing just won’t be the same. So Blues know it’s always a win-win or lose-lose.

In the ideal world of Blues, we would all get along, care about each other, and support each others’ dreams and hopes. We would work in a positive environment where people come before paperwork and we do our small part to make a difference in the life of others.
Blues find it difficult to be their positive selves when they know others are hurting, feeling left out, or needing help, or a shoulder to cry on.

Their own priorities will usually take a back seat to helping others. Most of the time, that’s a win-win and a great self-esteem builder. Whether that’s helping someone, the extra coaching, the five minutes listening to someone vent, and hundreds of other small ways. At other times, however, it can come at their expense and turns into a lose-lose. Now if they just had a partner or boss that understood….

Are We Protecting Or Hurting Kids?

August 29th, 2015

High Orange NFL player James Harrison recently refused to let his two sons accept participation trophies from their school. His reasoning become a media story across North America: “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do…these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes our best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut you up and keep you happy.” But:

• A number of school districts have decided to no longer fail kids, but rather call a non-passing grade “deferred success.”
• In parts of Britain, kindergarten teachers have been instructed to avoid the word “no” at all times.
• One major soccer association in Ontario (for kids under age 11) no longer keeps score for any games. Their logic is that the game is about skills, fair play, sportsmanship, and teamwork, and not making winners or losers.

Swerve magazine asked: By overprotecting our children, are we putting them at even greater risk? Is it really possible to build empathy and help when everyone is equal? Is not keeping score, or failing a test, a way to motivate and improve, or point to a reason to work harder and do better? Can the results of these policies not potentially create a false sense of reality that’ll be shattered really quickly in the real world of adults?

High Oranges thrive, learn, and grow through competition, games, and winning. They value anything where they have a chance to be the star, to perform, and to become the (recognized) best. They have no problem losing, because it makes them work harder and become more skilled with a single-minded focus to do better (win) next time.

For Gold kids and adults, it’s valuable when they can quantify things. Just participating without concrete measurements and yardsticks doesn’t allow for that and makes it very difficult to feel successful.

High Greens deal in facts and logic – as kids just as much as adults. They played poorly or didn’t study hard enough? That’s fine – now they have measurable and factual feedback to do better next time, and to learn from it.

For kids of all ages and Colors, do remember that the benefit of competition is less about win and lose, and way more about improvement, learning, and challenges.