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A Wikipedia & 60 Minutes Omission

April 13th, 2015

Two weeks ago, 60 Minutes ran a feature on Wikipedia. But these days, like everyone else, there wasn’t any mention of the first founding partner (along with Jimmy Wales) of the site! Greens always look for credibility and not the fame. But their contribution should never just be written out of history! Here’s the section on Sanger from the Colorful Personalities book:

Anyone with Internet access is familiar with Wikipedia, the huge on-line, free content encyclopedia. The idea was formed in 2001 by two friends as a site where everyone in the world could contribute articles, features and information in an open and unrestricted forum.

One of the original founders of Wikipedia was Larry Sanger. But within a year, Sanger left the company because he no longer believed in the credibility of Wikipedia when he started to question the accuracy and integrity of many entries and contributions. He walked away after disagreements with his partner as to who should be allowed to contribute to the site, even before it became the giant it is today. It was never about money, fame or success. It is always about credibility and doing it right.

In the words of Sanger himself: “Wikipedia began as a good-natured anarchy, a sort of Rousseauian state of digital nature. I always took Wikipedia’s anarchy to be provisional and purely for purposes of determining what the best rules and the nature of its authority should be. What I, and other Wikipedians, failed to realize is that our initial anarchy would be taken by the next wave of contributors as the very essence of the project – how Wikipedia was “meant” to be.”

What did the Green Sanger do? He developed a better and more credible site and launched citizendium.org. This site has firm editorial rules and mandatory disclosure of the real names of its editors, whereas Wikipedia allows anyone with a fictitious user name to contribute untraceable content.

ADD? Not Likely

May 2nd, 2010

Here is another excerpt of the all-new and totally different Colorful Personalities book:

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is something plenty of Oranges have been asked about, or labeled as, at some point or another. In fact, drug makers now claim that over eight million adults “suffer” from ADD in North America. Maybe. Without downplaying the legitimacy of ADD, there are many more millions of Oranges who laugh at that label and know fully well that many so-called “symptoms” are their normal stresses and behaviors.

The web-site of one drug maker even claims that a simple six question quiz establishes whether someone is likely to have symptoms of ADD. Their assessment ranges from whether the person has trouble finishing projects, has difficulty sitting still for long periods without fidgeting, challenges with getting started on detailed projects, or has trouble planning tasks on order. There are very few Oranges who would not be able to answer yes to all of those questions, or they wouldn’t be Orange! Are these really “problems,” or just special gifts and talents?

Finishing details is a last-minute thing. Right now, Oranges choose to multi-task as there are lots of other things on their plate. Sitting still is not always a challenge, but it does depend on whether a meeting or project is interesting, interactive, or practical in the first place. Getting tasks in order is not half as much fun as working on pieces here and there, a little bit at a time. That approach simply creates variety and avoids boredom – it does not create a need for drugs. Oranges will get their work done, but it is going to be a lot of fun along the way. It just may not be done with the same template the rest of the world is using.

In the words of JetBlue founder David Neeleman during a 60 Minutes feature on adult ADD: “Your brain just thinks a little different and you come up with things. I just have a feeling that if I took the medication, I’d be just like everybody else.”

Impatience Isn’t Always An Orange Trait

October 9th, 2009

Two weeks ago, 60 Minutes featured an extensive interview with General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. While some of his comments seemed very “Orange,” you need to remember that impatience and distaste for delays and politics are three stresses that Oranges and Golds share. But as you watch the interview, there were also many Gold traits that became clear:

-Reporter David Martin commented that “his morning updates on the progress of the war start at 8:30, not 8:31.”

-Martin also called McChrystal blunt and hard-charging. You can add: direct, not interested in being politically correct, disciplined, focused, and values first-hand information. He isn’t interested in a fly-over, or relying on briefings, as much as getting into the field and talking to real people.

-The average organization (alluding to the Pentagon), when someone asks when you want something, pulls out a calendar. But in a good organization, they look at their watch!

-We eat up two or three months just getting the tools out of the toolbox (once a decision is made)…

McChrystal believes in earning support and respect, doing the right thing the right way. He asks his security personnel to back off in meetings with locals. In fact, he will not even wear his body armour or a sidearm.

The feature story was a great insight into the vast numbers of Golds in the military. To watch it, here is the CBS link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5345009n

For an even more powerful story see: The Colors of Leadership & Management on the Hurricane Katrina Joint Task Force Commander Honore.

You’ve Got 20 Minutes, Tops

February 1st, 2009

A study by the Technical Institute found that way more than half of all gadgets purchased but returned for refunds actually worked just fine. The problem is that typical consumers will only spend an average of 20 minutes trying to figuring it out, before giving up and returning it.

But: A cool gadget is worth having, so most high Oranges might get frustrated but REALLY want this new toy and will quickly find someone to help them figure it out. After all, it’s not like they’re ever going to read the instruction manual. Nope – power it up and play with it until it works. After all, learning should always happen in a hands-on manner.

Of course, a high Green WILL read the manual, along with on-line research and WILL figure it out – that’s never in doubt. But Greens are much more likely to return something because the product doesn’t perform the way it’s supposed to: in the real world.

Our 20 minute max rule is the reason more than one-third of all routers and modems purchased at Best Buy, citing “too difficult to set up,” as the reason for return. There are also now three models of fridges which require an Internet connection…good luck with that…we just have to hope that the fridge isn’t interfacing with the bathroom scale!

So be really nice to your Green friends because you will need them more and more in the years to come. Or in the words of a 60 Minutes story: Tech support is a multi-billion dollar industry staffed by people who were mostly shunned in the school cafeteria. At least Greens and their Orange friends have the least stress in Tech support Centers where 29% of all callers swear and 21% yell right from the start.

Orange Musicians

May 1st, 2008

While I don’t know if Bruce Springsteen is high Orange, I do know that his interview with 60 Minutes last winter had some great Orange comments and insights. It also showed some wonderful insights into the vast majority of musicians who are high Orange. Many of the well-known stars in the business have never taken a music lesson, or just some basic instruction while still in high school.

Oranges are much more interested (and learn way better) when picking up an instrument and seeing what they can do or create. They want to push the boundaries and try the impossible, without rules or being told they “have to” or “shouldn’t” do it a certain way. That’s freedom – and it’s part of the Orange definition of truly living, and not just in the music industry.

Shares Springsteen, on behalf of millions of high Orange kids: “I was probably one of the smartest kids in my class at the time. You wouldn’t have known it. Just because (of) where my intelligence lay, it wasn’t able to be tapped in that particular system. I didn’t know how to do it myself until music came along and opened me up, not just to the world of music, but to the world period… That engaged me in life and gave me a sense of purpose. What I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, the way I wanted to do it, what I thought I could accomplish…”

Springsteen relates the story of his struggles growing up, and that his father sure wasn’t keen, or very supportive, of his choice to become a musician (to put it mildly). “He wasn’t very proud of you,” stated 60 Minutes co-anchor Scott Pelly. “He was later,” responds Springsteen. “When I came home with the Oscar and I put it on the kitchen table he just looked at it and said: ‘Bruce, I’ll never tell anybody what to do, ever again.”

As kids or adults, Oranges hate being measured for attempts, which absolutely kills their drive to experiment. But they know that results always speak for themselves. Whether it’s Springsteen winning the Oscar, the Orange salesperson landing the big contract after months of negative feedback, or an Orange kid coming through in the class play, victory and success sure are sweet.

Yes, almost every high Orange will get to be very successful in something that interests them, holds their attention, or something they can win at. But until they reach that point, what are the judgments your Color has of the way Oranges do it? What does your Color want to “force” them to do, how much emphasis do you place on the “how to do it,” instead of the results? Are you supportive of the Orange dreams and the impossible goals, or do you filter them through the views of your Colors?