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Lessons From Your First Dead-End Job

April 3rd, 2016

Maclean’s magazine recently ran a story on what we can learn from our first jobs. Even without knowing the values and stresses of our Colors, for many of us, it was the first chance to stretch our comfort zone, or discover what we definitely did not want to do for a living. Hopefully, after our first job, we ended up doing what we love to do, and something that suits our primary Color:

A likely high Green psychologist learned humility as a cabana boy growing up, and shares that it taught him how to smile all day (in between reading Dostoevsky on his breaks.)

One high blue investment manager discovered his love of working with people from his first job as a grocery store clerk. “That’s what really made me get up in the morning.” Until that point, he was sure he’d be pursuing an academic career.

Another story comes from a former Magna International V.P., who learned his lessons of multi-tasking, and working under stress, from the restaurant business. He believes those talents, first gained as wait staff, very much translates to the corporate world, and helps him looks for people with that experience. He shares in the article that this is not something learned in an MBA program, but really is a lifetime lesson.

Inside the Media: Oranges and Blues Everywhere

February 1st, 2009

As I get to do a fair number of media interviews, I’ve been very blessed to meet a bunch of media people in front of the camera and microphone and behind the scenes.

Spend about five minutes in any studio or radio station and you’ll quickly notice that the vast numbers of people are Orange and Blue. Both Colors have great flexibility, a strength that’s crucial in the business, and both share a core need to work with (and help) people. Yes, there’s prep stuff…but both Colors can control how much they do, and being on-time is not optional. It’s why every Orange in the business won’t ever share the typical Orange value of “almost” on-time.

Here are a few stories where you’ll quickly see the persons’ Colors:

A popular radio gardening show host frequently runs over into the newscast breaks. The host has a very soft voice, is incredibly patient, and finds it impossible to cut someone off. He also takes every caller still on hold at the end of the show because he wants to help them, and reward them for their patience. When he recently shared he couldn’t respond to all his e-mails anymore, he seemed on the verge of tears, sharing he felt so bad that he was letting people down as a result.

Before a recent morning interview, I was visiting with the traffic lady at the station who seemed very sad and depressed. When I asked what was wrong, she admitted that she was really concerned about how people would get to work with all the congestion and accidents that morning…

Last year I was scheduled for a one-hour radio show on Colors with a friend of mine. But that day, the station had installed a new telephone and computer system. There wasn’t a soul who could figure it out. Her first words were “OK, this could be fun…” and she actually meant it!

No, the phones didn’t work after the first call, but she unplugged things a couple of times, press this, I wonder what this does, re-booted it, took a call on her cell phone and passed on the question and NEVER got stressed. I don’t mean didn’t let it show – I mean did NOT let it affect her, her tone of voice, demeanor or show.

After my segment, the next guest didn’t show. No problem. She went onto a web site and started talking for 15 minutes on an upcoming theatre production with zero notice, no hesitation, stumbles, or anyone listening having a clue that none of her planned segment was coming together. Whatever the industry or job, that takes talent and you can count on any Orange pulling it off.

This Month on TV: A&E Parking Wars

November 1st, 2008

Yes, another reality show, but it’s worth watching once. Filmed in Philadelphia, the show follows a bunch of different Parking Authority staff at work. It was actually my high Blue brother who told me to watch the show, but it came with the Blue warning that “it’s pretty intense.”

Meet Brian, who introduced himself by saying: “I used to have a desk job. Now I’m out here (writing parking tickets) and I feel great – like a free-range chicken!” But also points out a number of times that he never “confuses kindness with weakness.” It’s pretty easy to tell high Orange Brian loves his job. “I’m just showing too much love out here (letting some off with warnings), but it’s like the falcon and the chicken…and I’m the falcon!”

Ah, the power of the ticket book, freedom to be outside all day, talk to tons of people, and Brian really enjoys the verbal abuse when the owner of the car shows up. An Orange lady was actually stunned that she was getting a ticket for double parking. But Brian was laughing, “another satisfied customer. It’s not their fault they’re getting a ticket. It’s my fault that I happen to be on the same block to catch it! She’s upset? I’m upset that I had to do the work to write the ticket. Oh well, she’s got $51 dollars worth of love.”

One of the tow truck drivers is Clarence, who also moonlights as a wedding photographer. When Clarence is sent to tow a ticketed van, the owner of the vehicle came out of the office building just as Clarence was lifting his vehicle.

Very calmly, the van owner explains that he was taking some tools into the building and it’s so hard to find a spot – then looks down. Busted! Without trying, he got to high Blue Clarence, who phones into the office to get the OK to release it back to the man. And what did Clarence actually say? “Sorry about that – you have a good day.”

He felt even worse on the next call. “On my car I’ve got over $900 worth of tickets, why are you towing my sister’s car after only three? Clarence feels terrible and tells the camera: “My compassion comes from situations…”

That Blue Feeling: What Did I Do Wrong?

March 1st, 2008

Recently I visited a high Blue manager who looked very stressed and unhappy. With some digging, it turned out that she was doing some coaching with two staff members who job shared one position.

One of these people is very high Gold, the other high Orange. In a nutshell, the high Gold wants to finish stuff and not get involved in something that isn’t part of his or her “job description.” Yet the high Orange wants lots of stuff happening and to jump in to help clients when he or she is bored, or there’s nothing better or more fun to do. Of course, it’s no surprise that there is conflict between these two who might share a job and a desk, but definitely don’t share an outlook on life or work.

In between these two is a high Blue manager whose motivation is for everyone to get along, and who believes this is her lack of coaching skills, or something she should do more of, less of, or better. Wrong!

Whether it’s the Colors seminar or these two reading the Colorful Personalities book to grow their understanding of each other, this Color conflict cannot simply be trained out of them that easily. The first, and most important and valuable step needs to be that these two appreciate their differences and focus on the huge strength and power of what they can accomplish together in combining their unique strengths to do more of what works, and a lot less of what doesn’t.

For this Blue manager it isn’t about her at all. It isn’t about questioning her coaching skills, but rather about her two staff understanding their personality types. Feeling bad that there’s conflict and a clash of two opposite Colors won’t solve the fundamental problem. When these two understand Colors, their “color battle” can end and coaching can happen.

This Month on TV: Rachael Ray

February 1st, 2008

High Blue Rachael Ray is the host of a number of cooking shows on the Food Network. While a new cooking show isn’t a news flash, she has become a media darling in the U.S. where there’s just such a low percentage of the population who are Blue. But the buzz is also the many media questions wondering how she always finds a way to look at the positives of every subject or how she could possibly be so cheerful, helpful and upbeat all the time.

In fact, Time magazine’s Joel Stein calls her “America’s kindergarten teacher.” In another interview, high Green Larry King definitely had that “what makes you tick” question on his face during his interview with Ray.

Of course, the anti-Ray blogs are merciless in attempting to cut her down by harping on her cutesy catch phrases and the likes. Even the Time Magazine story ended with a shot at her by wondering how many people secretly watch for the moment she’ll crack and in comparing her to a popular girl in high school who is impressively nice to everyone, but everyone secretly kind of hates her, and who’s probably a little bit phony.

During her show she actually serves the audience herself and has an incredible ability to make people feel welcome and included while her style is to chat and connect with people and not to lecture. Small wonder right now she has a waiting list of almost 20,000 people – for a 110 seat studio audience!

Even outside the studio, Ray is totally accessible to her fans, loves to hug and chooses to focus her show more around her guests and not the celebrities. There aren’t any teleprompters, earpieces or cue cards. She doesn’t even have writers on the show – just herself and a huge sense of being herself.

Thus it’s no surprise that Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions is actually quarterbacking her show. In the words of Oprah Winfrey: “The most important quality a host needs to have is the ability to be themselves day after day – on camera.” And that’s what she has.”

At the End of the Day – Being Blue Does Pay

December 1st, 2007

O Magazine recently had an extended section on authenticity. What an awesome feature from Oprah Winfrey, herself a huge Blue.

One of the features was on former US President Jimmy Carter. It started with the following sentence: “The qualities that were so maligned during Jimmy Carter’s presidency – his modesty, his faith, his collaborative approach to problem solving – now define his reputation as a remarkable man.”

What most of his critics interpreted as weakness during his presidency are actually his huge strengths, for that very same reason! (Remember that in the US, Blues are less than 12% of the population vs. almost 30% in Canada).

But then, that view is in the eye of the beholder, and it would have been very unusual for the media, opposition, or even most electorates to find the powerful values of a high Blue attractive in their President. No wonder Blues seldom get elected to be President or Prime Minister. The process is just too ugly and negative.

These days, the real Jimmy Carter can do what he values and feels passionate about, and that’s very much focused to making a difference in the lives of others and helping people. He volunteers to monitor elections in third-world countries, the training of farmers and promotes many programs to foster peace and health.

He now has a platform from which people will listen and the time and resources for the work he and his wife Rosalynn do with Habitat for Humanity. Gentle, soft-spoken and kind wasn’t what the country was looking for in their leader back then, but it’s the most powerful contribution he makes today in so many ways.