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Would You Rather Be Right Or Successful?

July 6th, 2015

High Gold Debra Seed owns a company called Travel Acquaintances. She was able to get on the show and pitch the five venture capitalists on CBC’s Dragon’s Den for a $125,000 investment. But things went off the rail quickly.

Seed’s company matches single, like-minded travelers for discount vacations on-line. Seed made it about half way through her initial pitch before she appeared to become rattled and losing her memorized lines. It’s hard for a Gold to want to do the perfect presentation, never mind being extremely nervous. But Seed should have read the newsletter on how to present, because she was immediately interrupted by one of the investors.

Number one problem for Golds is being interrupted (if looks could kill…), the second problem was hiding her disgust when the investor asked “do you guarantee action?” Excuse me? Barely hiding her disgust, she replied that it was a “friends-type” trip without strings attached. Again, the question of “action” came up. But her black and white mindset claimed the investors were looking at it the “wrong” way. Wrong? I thought this pitch was to grow the business? But the investors kept up their feedback that customers “want action, they want strings attached!”

The big problem was that Seed has invested $250,000 already, with only $10,000 in sales over the past two years. Unfortunately, more than half of it was actually spent on advertising! After that, rapid fire questions started that are hard for most Golds to deal with: We want you to make money! When? How? And so on… Seed replied that she wanted to change her business plan. But the investors replied it had taken her $250k and TWO years! Yes, the “perfect” plan, once decided on and written down, is hard for Golds to abandon, and change is a difficult issue for most, including Seed.

The additional investment was, in large part, to hire a marketing consultant. What? Note to Seeds: Find a high octane Orange, give them 25% of the company, and let them loose without interference, the perfect plan, a lot of restrictions, or wanting to be right more than happy. It’s NOT about hiring a company – it’s about a partner with the marketing and networking skills that wants to win and succeed and has some skin in the game!

All five investors declined to get involved, and Seeds seemed ready to pass out. Unfortunately, off camera, her feedback was that all of them were rude, inconsiderate, and should apologize. How sad she missed the point in so many ways.

The Gold Quiz

February 1st, 2012

OK, you can only read this if you have a sense of humor! But tell me if this could be a new Gold assessment to use, and count how many of these you agree with:

• You tell people what to do and they don’t and then they can’t understand why their lives are a mess and it bugs you.

• You are told you are bossy and you are proud of it. After all, SOMEBODY has to make things happen around here, don’t they? If people only listened to you they’d be better off.

• Messy nature bothers you. When you’re going for a walk in a forested area, you often think somebody should clean up the fallen trees and dead branches all over the place.

• You don’t like to lend books, pens, scissors, stapler, etc. to your coworkers, and if you do in a weak moment, you fight the urge to make them sign a personal guarantee.

• It’s hard for you to delegate. You prefer to do everything yourself, even though you’re exhausted, because you don’t trust other people. And even if you could trust them, they don’t do as good a job as you do anyhow, so it’s more efficient to do it yourself in the first place.

• You must finish everything you start. Even if it’s a book that you realize you hate.

• You buy a 6-pack of Coke instead of a big bottle, because you can use what you need out of the 6-pack and not have any go flat and have all that waste, which cancels any savings you may have had.

• You roll spare change.

• You enjoy watching “Clean Sweep” or “How Clean Is Your House” and are amazed, but horrified, at how people can get themselves into these predicaments.

• Your unofficial job description is CONTROLLER (and you like it).

• On a perforated form, it drives you crazy to have a tiny tag of paper left hanging.

• You are always the family member who plans the family vacations. You complain about all that work, however, you secretly enjoy the planning process. And besides, you wouldn’t cough up your hard earned dough for a vacation where you haven’t personally supervised all the details.

How many statements do you agree with?

Score of 9-12: Congratulations, YOU are a certified Gold member. Now could you dial it back a little?

Score of 6-8: You pick your spots to turn on your “goldness” – or maybe you’ve done the Colors seminar and are working hard to know there’s a time and a place for everything…

Score of 5 or less: Gold is only for investments. It’s likely you got a headache (or a chuckle) just reading these.

Help! Do you have some ideas of what would make an Orange list? If so, click the comment link and send it! Maybe we can build an Orange quiz….

Gold versus Orange

February 1st, 2012

The US Republican primary is turning out to be a serious contest between a Gold and an Orange. But this story isn’t about politics, it’s only about Colors, and some great insights into two of the four contenders for the nomination.

You don’t have to live in the US, or be a Republican, watch any of the political coverage, or support Governor Romney. But if you do, you have to have a little sympathy for the very Gold Governor Romney. Golds, and Romney, are very private people. Being pressured into releasing his tax returns, something he had never done in previous runs for office, was a big stress, and his wealth something he certainly doesn’t want to talk about. Golds are also rather conflict-averse, and Romney is often perceived as rather ineffective when he goes on the attack.

Commentators keep describing Romney as very prepared, somewhat scripted, well dressed, and a planner. Yup, almost all Golds are, and very private, which simply isn’t possible in running for political office.

But in the words of one commentator on PBS, Republicans are looking for a fighter and not an organizer. That is the main difference between Romney and the Orange former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

Gingrich is someone who thrives when he can play off an audience, and is more than capable of thinking on his feet, and going on the attack. It almost seems as though he is better at being the underdog, scraping, fighting, and performing under pressure.

His propensity to switch tracks and to change agreements is certainly well known, as are the many times when he’s gotten himself into serious difficulties. But you wouldn’t know it in listening to his speeches. If there is one thing any Orange can do, it’s to explain things in simple terms to minimize any potential trouble.

Political talking heads keep asking whether Gingrich will quit the race sometime soon. Oranges want to win, so betting on that would be a losing proposition. No matter what, it’ll be an interesting Presidential election between a Gold or Orange, and Green/Orange President Obama in November. And all this time, Orange Donald Trump is considering a run as a third-party candidate. Or is he just looking for press coverage? Hmmm…stay tuned…

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Oranges and Golds: Hurry Up!

June 7th, 2011

Amongst many others, one of the traits Golds and Oranges share is a strong impatience streak. Golds want “this” to be done, finished, answered, dealt with, or completed so they can get on with the next thing on their to-do list. Oranges are impatient with any delay or lineup, and want “this” to be done so they can go on to something else – anything else…

However, that impatience can also be trouble for both Colors, and in many situations, and with many people. In a lineup, Golds are stuck. After all, they can’t just leave, or whatever they’re lining up for will still be on the to-do list.

Oranges at least avoid lineups whenever possible. They’re the main reason billions of dollars worth of merchandise is left at cash registers every year, as Oranges bail. Unfortunately, most retailers don’t know what it takes to give effective customer service to both groups, or they’d make a whole lot more sales and retain a ton more customers.

When impatience is internal, it’s often a drive to get something done, which can certainly be a motivator. When their impatience involves people, it’s a little more serious and has a measurable effect on others.

While I don’t often click links from Facebook, this one was different. It was posted by a friend whose Pastor showed it in their church last week. It’s four minutes and well worth watching. It may get you close to tears, but it’ll also make you a lot more cognizant of your impatience streak.

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Survivor Samoa: The Biggest Gold Won’t Last

September 18th, 2009

Yesterday was the start of Survivor Samoa (Thursdays on CBS), and this year’s cast has a great variety of Colors to watch, even if you’re not a Survivor fan.

The last few weeks I have been telling a bunch of seminar attendees to watch at least the first few weeks of the show, and to observe what happens to at least one Gold person. Just as predicted: meet Shannon, an ex Marine, and super high Gold.

Shannon really wanted to be elected leader of her tribe. But she was lucky not to be, or you could have bet she’d be the first one voted out of her tribe. So far, her impatience with others to get their work done before playing has only been towards the cameras, and not her team – but that’ll change. When everyone wanted to go for a swim, she went nuts: “I would have cracked the whip and laid down the law.” Yes, there’s a to-do list and work to be done, but Shannon was wrong thinking it’s because the others are in their 20’s. It’s because they’re not that high Gold, Shannon!

She probably doesn’t intend to come across as impatient or bossy. I’d bet, like all Golds, she really cares about her team, and wants them to do well. But there’s work to be done and then we can go play. Right now, it’s irresponsible to goof off on the first day here!

Building their shelter, high Green Rocket Scientist John, wanted to take a five minute break so he could “think about the water run off and wind before we build this (shelter).” Unfortunately, that sent Shannon off the edge again. Think about this? Take a break? Let’s get on with it and build the thing – NOW!

If you’re watching the show, keep an eye on Shannon. How does this Gold, wanting to contribute, do well, and win, reconcile this with the DNA of her Gold personalities’ stresses of delays, perceived irresponsibility, lack of focus, and little progress on her to-do list? Just don’t take her in your Survivor pool!

Worry Your Way to the Top

February 1st, 2009

That headline sure got my attention – as did the sub-heading of: How insecurity and paranoia can accelerate your career.

It was a short story in Men’s Health where the author shared a story of attending a two-day seminar on positive thinking. It sure didn’t work for him – and won’t for most high Golds. One of the great strengths of Golds is their ability to have a plan A and a plan B. It allows this group to be prepared should something go wrong, have a backup plan, and to think ahead to be ready – just in case.

Half the time, it’s a real blessing and huge strength, but there are also times when it can be a curse. Unfortunately, though it’s not something that can easily be turned on and off at will.

In the words of the author of the article: “I’m sick of people being positive to my face. It’s not helpful, or in step with reality. Fact is, most of the time there’s no objective reason to see the glass as half full. Sure, there’s a place for a can-do attitude and a hearty grin in face of adversity. But mostly, I agree with Andrew Grove, a former head of Intel, who’s famous for the jolly slogan “Only the paranoid survive.” This may or may not be true, but it’s certainly an effective position from which to fight the daily battle.”