Are Golds Really “Tight” With Money?

October 13th, 2014

That’s often what other Colors tend to think about Golds. But I’d argue that it’s more perception than reality and very much depends on the situation. Golds want to keep some of the money they earn for savings. They tend to worry about the future much more than their Orange friends, who live more in the moment. To do that, they need to live on less than they earn – stands to reason.

Yes, Gold want a deal and definitely don’t want to overpay for something. When it comes to clothes, they’ll tend to avoid the fashion-of-the-season, in favor of quality clothes that can be worn for a few years. Even buying a vehicle, large numbers of Golds will buy a one or two-year old where the 30% depreciation isn’t something they have to absorb…and then drive their vehicles for a long time.

It’s often a conflict between quality and price and many times their second Color makes that decision. Where Golds can really get their back up is when they perceive their being “ripped off.” If they were quoted one price and then charged another, they’re not going to give in. If something they purchased turns out to be bad quality, they’ll fight to get a refund or exchange. In banking, it’s best to have a flat monthly service charge package with one fee for everything. But if this or that is extra, and this or that isn’t included, and that gets surcharged, they’ll go crazy…just before changing financial institutions.

On the other extreme, Golds are incredibly generous, too. If someone needs help, Golds will step up – no questions asked. It’ll be with their time, talents, volunteer efforts, just as much as their money. But they won’t talk about it, and you’ll never know, as a sermon from Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus describes so well:

This man (our church treasurer) treated every penny spent by the congregation as if it were his own. And he ran his own farm most frugally. He walked around church turning off lights, he turned down thermostats, he made sure not too may paper plates or napkins were being wasted at congregational pot lucks.
No expenditure was too small to escape his scrutiny. No requisition so insignificant it was not questioned, which is why, to many staff, he appeared to be the reincarnation of Dicken’s Ebernezer Scrooge, but only worse.
To many he seemed that way – but not to me. You see, as Pastor of that congregation, I knew some confidential information they didn’t. What I knew as this: Every year, at the end of the year, when our church was running in the red, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars, a check with the treasurer’s name on it would show up and wipe out the congregations’ debt.

But there’s more. I also knew that, when a family was unable to pay for their child’s tuition at our parochial school, his check would be placed on my desk the next day and that child’s account would be paid in full. All of this was, of course, done most secretively. And, although that treasurer made sure that every nickel of the Lord’s money bought a dime’s worth of reward, his heart never let the Lord’s work go undone. Generosity was the quintessence of that man.

Green Alert: Problems All Sarcastic People Will Understand

October 13th, 2014

1. Your sense of humor could be described as an “acquired taste.”
2. Since your default is sarcasm, you have a hard time turning it off when others need you to.
3. Tough love has always been your thing, but no one else seems to like it.
4. It takes a LOT to get you excited.
5. When you meet someone who isn’t sarcastic, or doesn’t understand sarcasm, it kind of feels like talking to a baby.
6. You’ve had to say the words, “I’m just kidding,” at least once a week…ok, way more often than that…
7. In fact, you’ve learned the hard way that ending thoughts with “just kidding!” is probably the safest thing to do.
8. When you meet someone and you instantly hate them, you have a super hard time hiding it.
9. It’s gotten to a point where you mock others openly without even realizing you’re doing it.
10. People can wonder if you have an “attitude problem,” but those people clearly suck.
11. Your way of dealing with emotions is through sarcasm, which can sometimes work and other times…not so much.
12. You have a hard time with compliments (giving and getting) in general.
13. People immediately know how you feel about something, whether you want them to or not.
14. Sometimes you worry that you’re the only one who thinks you’re funny…
15. But actually, the real problem is that you’re the funniest person in the whole room.

Adapted from a story by Erin Larosa

Oranges Rejoice!

October 13th, 2014

Hurray! Another piece of technology to make your life easier has now become affordable. Until now, there hasn’t been any help in finding stuff that you lose. OK, not lose…misplace… It’s one of the biggest stresses for Oranges because you have to stop multi-tasking and start to retrace your steps and a frequent ‘running late’ will now become running very late..

Want to spend $25 to make that pain go away? Stickr Track (available at is a coin sized GPS chip that can be attached to anything and everything small enough to potentially lose. The device can then be located or tracked on your smartphone. Stick it on the collar of your cat, the binder with the latest report, your keychain, or anything else that you need to find in a hurry….or should never lose or be without… When you’ve managed to pass on the ugly detail work of the report, stick it on the next one. Or, if you can find the report and not your phone, the Stickr also works the other way in locating that.

It’s another reason to thank Greens for all the inventions to make your crazy life a little easier.
Or perhaps others can get their Orange coworkers to carry it around. Since the last place you find an Orange is at their desk, this could be a big help in tracking THEM down, too…

Colors Quotes

October 6th, 2014

Colors Quotes

Can you match the quote with the Color? And since you asked: The answer order is at the bottom of the newsletter…

How do you feel about the release of the two patients? “How do I FEEL?” Emory University Hospital press conference on the release of two Ebola patients with Dr. River and a pained look…

“It’s not been a good day. I had to go buy a pair of reading glasses for 79 bucks! 79 bucks! You can get them at Costco: Three for $20… Darryl Sutter L.A. Kings coach at a press conference during the Stanley Cup finals

Recently I had someone take my six year old daughter to school one morning. It was days after that I found out she was dropped off at 8 AM and had to wait outside since the school doesn’t open until 8:20. She didn’t tell me because she didn’t want to make trouble for anyone. Seminar attendee

I don’t mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things & get really excited. Seen on a T-shirt

Blue Women vs. Gold or Green Men

September 2nd, 2014

Roger has been dating Elaine for some time now. Then, one evening when they’re driving home, a thought occurs to Elaine, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud: “Do you realize that we’ve been seeing each other for exactly six months?” There is silence in the car. To Elaine, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself: I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he’s been feeling confined by our relationship… And Roger is thinking gosh – six months…

And Elaine is thinking: Hey, I’m not so sure I want this kind of relationship, either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I’d have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going… I mean, where are we going? Are we heading toward a life together? And Roger is thinking: …so that means it was February, which was right after I had the car in the shop, which means… lemme check the odometer… Whoa! I am way overdue for an oil change now.

And Elaine is thinking: He’s upset. I can see it on his face. Maybe I’m reading this completely wrong. Maybe he wants more from our relationship, more intimacy, more commitment? Yes, I bet that’s it. That’s why he’s so reluctant to say anything about his feelings. He’s afraid of being rejected. And Roger is thinking: And I’m gonna have them look at the transmission again. I don’t care what those morons say it’s still not shifting right…

And Elaine is thinking: He’s angry. And I don’t blame him. I feel so guilty, putting him through this, but I can’t help the way I feel. I’m just not sure. I never should have mentioned it. Now he probably feels cornered, like I’m being too aggressive and now he wants out…And Roger is thinking: They’ll probably say it’s only a 90-day warranty. That’s exactly what they’re gonna say…the scumballs…

And Elaine is thinking: Maybe I’m just too idealistic, waiting for a knight when I’m sitting right next to a perfectly good person, a person I truly do care about, a person who seems to truly care about me…a person who is in pain because of my self-centered, schoolgirl romantic fantasy.

“Roger,” Elaine says aloud. “What?” says a startled Roger. “Please don’t torture yourself like this,” her eyes beginning to brim with tears. “Maybe I should never have… Oh goodness, I feel so…” She breaks down, sobbing. “What?” asks Roger. “I’m such a fool,” Elaine sobs. “You think I’m a fool, don’t you?” Elaine asks. “No!” says Roger, glad to finally know the correct answer. “It’s just that… It’s that I… I need some time,” Elaine says.

There is a 15-second pause while Roger tries to come up with a safe response. Finally he comes up with one that he thinks might work. “Yes,” he says. Elaine, deeply moved, touches his hand. “Oh, Roger, do you really feel that way?” “What way?” asks Roger. “That way about time,” says Elaine. “Oh,” says Roger. “Yes.” Elaine turns to face him and gazes deeply into his eyes, causing him to become very nervous about what she might say next. At last she speaks. “Thank you, Roger,” she says. “Thank you?” says Roger.

Then he takes her home, and Elaine lies in bed and weeps until dawn, whereas when Roger gets back to his place, he opens a bag of Doritos and becomes deeply involved in a rerun of a tennis match between two Czechoslovakians he never heard of. A tiny voice in the far recesses of his mind tells him that something major was going on back there in the car, but he is pretty sure there is no way he would ever understand what, and so he figures it’s better if he doesn’t think about it again…

The next day, Elaine will call her closest friend to talk for hours. They will analyze everything that was said, going over it time and time again, exploring every word, expression, and gesture for nuances of meaning, considering every possible ramification. They will continue to discuss this subject, off and on, for weeks, never reaching any conclusions…

A Green Hiring Trick

September 2nd, 2014

“I wasn’t really looking for a new job right now, but I like to browse job ads once in awhile. I saw this one ad on-line for a Document Proofreader for a large engineering company. I thought it really strange, though, and quite hilarious that they would misspell the word “grammar” in the ad. They had spelled it “grammer.” So I emailed the ad and told them that it made me chuckle that they had misspelled the word, and then I jokingly (well, to myself, because I never thought that they’d respond) asked where I should send my resume.

Well, when I got home from work that evening, I had an email from the HR person telling me that she would like to interview me right away and to please, please send my resume. She said that that was not a mistake and that I was the first person in 18 responses to pick up and say something about the mistake!”

A similar approach came from a Gold executive assistant and her Green boss. After the Colors seminar when we had discussed the need for Green credibility she had to share with me that the first thing her boss asks her to do is to throw out all the resumes with spelling mistakes in them….