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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.

Would the Real Greens Please Stand Up?

February 1st, 2008

In addition to the world of IT and technology in general, it’s fair to say that the field of science and research are also on where you’ll find a ton of high Greens (and Al Gore). That would include areas such as environmental research and climate change.

I’m also sure that high Greens continue to probe, question, research and never settle. Yet we keep being told that the “global warming crisis” is settled science, undisputed, a done-deal and imminent. Settled? Done deal? What self-respecting high Green scientists would state that, or would accept an evolving science as settled and stop researching and probing? Isn’t the highest duty of these (mostly Green) scientists to be skeptical?

In the 1970s all the newspaper headlines declared that the ice age was coming and now, 30 some years later, it’s a done deal that global warming will destroy our planet if we don’t act today? Why are we getting dire predictions with very little concrete solutions or some lateral thinking and alternatives that high Greens are so great at?

We need to (and almost always can) trust and rely on this group to keep researching, probing, asking questions, finding solutions and challenging conventional thinking – not settling on something as a done deal. We also need to hear from lots of high Green scientists that have contrary opinions. Isn’t that how we make decisions, get good information, grow, learn, discuss things and come to some kind of consensus?

Yet on this subject, almost everyone who does speak out is marginalized, cut-off, dismissed or has his or her credibility questioned. That’s not how we solve problems, grow or do better, is it? It reminds me of the comments from the U.S. Patent Office in the late 1890s when they announced that “everything that can be invented – has already been invented.” Hmm, that didn’t turn out so accurately, did it?

Is the marketing of fear and urgency even coming from the large group of high Green scientists? Or are they continuing to work under the radar and away from the media scrutiny, special interest groups and Al Gore?

Holding Onto the High Orange or Green Founder

January 1st, 2008

What’s known to very few investors is that mergers & acquisitions of companies don’t usually work in building value for shareholders. Yes, about two-thirds of mergers actually reduce the value of companies, according to experts in the field. The reason? The founder and most of their top talent quickly leave the company when the merger is completed and thus robs the firm of their best expertise.

The reality or perception is that the company will now be run by bean counters, or at least by people who don’t have the drive, energy, vision or creativity that made the takeover firm successful in the first place! And in the majority of cases, it’s a high Orange who founded the firm and is quickly out the door, rather than now working as a middle-manager.

In these business acquisitions the new owners are discovering huge insights into understanding what makes entrepreneurs valuable in the first place, and finding ways to retain them. One great example is the purchase of Small Planet Foods by General Mills where the company was left to run much as it had been before the acquisition. With that approach it’s now one of General Mills fastest growing divisions!

In the technology field the same holds true for high Green entrepreneurs. When Yahoo purchased the online photo-sharing company Flickr, they were smart enough to immediately asked co-founder Caterina Fake to take over her own division within Yahoo to come up with the next new idea. In a quote to Fortune magazine: “That was perfect for me. Entrepreneurs have a drive and a passion that needs to be channeled. A cushy job is not what these people are looking for. They’re looking for a challenge!”

Wikipedia vs. Citizendium

January 1st, 2008

If you’ve done any searches on the web you’ve been to Wikipedia, the huge on-line, free content encyclopedia on the internet, with over seven million entries. The idea was formed in 2001 by two friends, in a Mexican restaurant, as a site where everyone in the world could contribute articles, features and information in an open and unrestricted forum.

One of the founders of Wikipedia was Larry Sanger, and it would take you about thirty seconds to realize that Sanger is a very high Green. That makes sense, from the logic behind Wikipedia, to its early evolution.

But within a year, Sanger left the company because it no longer had credibility in his eyes, when he started to question the accuracy and integrity of many entries and contributions in Wikipedia. Yes, he walked away after disagreements with his partner as to who can contribute to the site, even before it became the giant it is today. It wasn’t, and isn’t, about money, fame or success. It’s always about credibility and doing it right.

Or 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.”

So what does the high Green Sanger do? He thinks of a better and more credible site and has now launched citizendium.org. This one however, has firm editorial rules and mandatory disclosure of the real names of editors, whereas Wikipedia allows anyone with a fictitious user name to contribute untraceable content.

The Green Quiz

December 1st, 2007

OK, you can only read this if you have a sense of humor! High Greens REALLY want you to know this! It’s important, so see how many of these you agree with:

  • Your boss is a little scared of you.
  • You don’t suffer fools at all – let alone gladly.
  • You know the difference between “infer” and “imply”, “borrow” and “lend”, “median” and “meridian”.
  • You chastise your co-workers when they say “how ironic” over something that isn’t truly ironic at all and your head explodes when they use the word “irregardless”.
  • You stand behind your partner while he/she’s typing a letter and correct his/her spelling, punctuation and spacing.
  • Your boss submits proposals and reports to YOU before sending them out to potential customers or management.
  • You know the proper contexts for there/their/they’re, hear/here, you’re/your, peace/piece, and other simple homophones (not homonyms, like drive and drive, or homographs, like bow and bow) like these.
  • You know the difference between a homonym, homograph, and homophone.
  • You know the difference between the British and American way of spelling various words, e.g. colour/color, cheque/check, and make sure you consistently use one set of rules, unlike most people who are clueless as to which is which.
  • You know how to spell “faux pas” and use it correctly in a sentence.
  • You know when to use “you and I” (“we”) and “you and me” (“us”), unlike the illiterates around you who believed the teacher that told them you must always use “you and I”.
  • During most newscasts you catch at least two or three grammatical or sentence structure errors and fight the urge to send the broadcaster an e-mail and really blast them.

How many statements do you agree with?

Score of 9-12:Congratulations, you’re high Green – see item 1! But right now you’re asking yourself why everybody wouldn’t score 9-12 here…

Score of 6-8: High Greens would concede you’ve got potential. Maybe one or two more night classes…

Score of 5 or less: You might be a little “green deficient”. Or more than likely, you started skimming the list with your brain screaming “who cares”?