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Different Colors – Different Planning

October 3rd, 2016

Help, George: I keep seeing business systems that use planners, and my upline tells me I HAVE to use a planner, or lose a lot of income. It feels completely alien to me. I get a shape to my day, a rhythm, and having a schedule stresses me out to no end. I know I need some kind of organization to keep track of everything, but what kind of thing would work best for my Colors? My Gold upline says do NOT use the calendar or reminders on my phone, because that’s reactive instead of proactive. T

Hey, T: Our four Colors have very different definitions of family, fun, honesty and…organized! That word is defined by Golds: BIG day planners, neat piles, clean desk, baskets in the junk drawer, and four boxes in the garage or closet, all labeled, all straight, and all the same color and size – period. If you don’t fit this “world” definition of organized – you’re not organized – period.

But organized is in the eye of the beholder…or Color. News flash: Oranges don’t fit any of that Gold definition, yet they manage to get work done, find stuff, do follow-ups, not forget to pick up their kids, and make it through life. Who knew that it isn’t all about the “Gold” way of getting things done?

Your Blue wants to please the Golds that think they know the way, your Green thinks what you’re doing is just fine and probably the best way/or the best way for you…while your Orange wonders if there’s a shortcut way to being organized that won’t slow you down and still (kind of) keeps you on track.

If you get the $100 organizer with all the super cool sections, etc., or even take some seminar on how to be organized and efficient – you will never use it. It’s a Gold thing, and you’re not Gold.

There isn’t an answer that Golds can give you which will work for you. Yes, they’re telling you what you have to do because they care, and want you to do it their way. But their way won’t work for most of the 65% of people who aren’t Gold. If it did, you’d already be doing it!

If you system is phone reminders and calendar, some notes here and there, or whatever – you’re doing it just right – for you – for your Colors. If you talk to another non-Gold, ask them what works for them. Maybe they’ll have one or two additional things that you may want to adapt. But until then…carry on, and don’t let another Color’s definition of anything force you to be something you’re not.

We Showed Our Colors!

July 6th, 2011

So how tricky is it to convince all the Colors that a project to build a quilt with staff decorating a square of their Color, and placing it on the wall in a quilt shape, is a fantastic idea?

Well, it did take some discussions and planning. Way too much for the Orange who came up with the idea! But gather some Golds to make a detailed list of supplies, some Blue to calm the waters, and some Greens to think through the plans, and the ball gets rolling.

Interesting what happens when you hand someone a square with their background Color on it, and ask them to decorate it, adding at least their name! Of course, to add to the fun we set a deadline of when the squares would be placed on the quilt.

Fast forward to the night before when our trusty Gold needed to prepare a border of colors to ensure some order, and a place to start. But…

 Gold: “The bulletin board is upside down! Look at the little sticker in the corner”

 Gold: “It’s crooked”

 Green: “You don’t even have the correct number of squares as I have calculated based on…”

 Orange: “ I LOVE the bright colors”

 Green: “ The green and the orange are too bright”

 Blue: “ Why are you putting up the blank squares”

 Gold: “ I have permanent eye damage from cutting out those bright ones”

 Blue: “I haven’t got mine done… what will I do? Could I go last?”

Now in order to keep the flow (for the Golds and Oranges that have other stuff to do) and fair (Blues need consideration too) we will draw names in groups of five (Greens preferred an exact calculation of number of people divided by…) of who will place their square, and then the next group will come up. What color do you suppose suggested that? Let the actual quilt building begin:

 “Sorry for the delay some extensive re-pinning has ensued, are they Gold?”

 “Check out the quilt with the shirt built from play money! Is that money laundering?”

 A Blue wanted a hug once her square is placed

 That Gold is still rearranging everyone’s squares… call Security – they’re loitering

 A hint for the poor Gold souls: The squares aren’t square!

 Orange casually finishing their square the morning of the quilt building

 A Green/Gold did three squares before choosing the worthy one to display

 A Gold/Green admires our vibrant Orange leader who dresses up like they would NEVER do

 Green who planned in her head what it would look like, but then waited to do the square until the last day

 Another Gold that needs to rearrange and align the squares…again…

 Blue who wanted her square to be accepted and beautiful, and who spent $30 on stickers and scrapbook supplies, then two hours assembling it all

 An Orange made the Gold cringe when they placed their square on an angle

 Blues gathered and stayed to find out all they could about everyone

 Orange placed staples down the side of their square with a message “ just to bug you gold ones”

 Gold who fixed that sideways Orange square immediately

 Gold who spent forever getting her square right with assistance, only to have some rowdy Blues say maybe it’s still a little crooked on the one side. Then quickly say “we were just joking…”…and feeling bad…

 Gold placed an extra item (wine bottle) on another’s square and once discovered much laughter was enjoyed. Of note: “ the wine is the wrong kind”

 Blue had to take care of everyone (by moving the Orange square to a less prominent position) when an Orange broke the rules and went out of turn!

Everyone was so proud of their square, and much discussion was shared about why people’s squares were decorated that way. Every little or big item on every square has great meaning and significance. All agreed we had a great time expressing ourselves and our Colors, laughing at ourselves, and watching our Colors and the quilt unfold. C.C. from SCU

Green Jobs Aren’t Just Environmental

July 12th, 2009

In Edmonton, Alberta, a new Heart Institute has been under construction close to forever. It was originally scheduled to open in 2005, and yet, FOUR years later, and it still is not ready for occupancy.

While I assume that every building project can have delays and changes, this 132-bed Heart Institute has had more than 1,000 construction changes along the way. Yes, you read that right – ONE THOUSAND! Sure, stuff happens, but that many?

When the world talks about more Green jobs, I hope they mean getting more Greens involved to think things through, do the proper planning, and consider all the “what if’s,” before construction. As I wrote in February 2008 (Would the real Greens please stand up), the world really does need a whole lot more Greens in many industries and jobs.

©George Boelcke, CCP www.vantageseminars.com

A Great E-Mail Question

March 1st, 2009

Hi George: Can you share some information on how we can adjust our lives using our insights of Colors? I am a Gold/Blue, a workaholic, and would like to learn strategies to learn how to place importance on ME and to set some healthy boundaries. Life is slipping by and I want to smell the roses, but find it hard to do. M.

Hey M: As you described so correctly, our second Color matters a lot! You’re another Gold workaholic and can’t say no. Gee – the former is totally Gold and the latter is a real challenge (doubly so) for most Gold/Blues. Blues want to be loved and included so they don’t say no, and Golds do things out of a sense of duty and responsibility.

But when the Gold “I have to do it,” or your Blue “they need me,” burns the candle at both ends it does NOT make you a brighter light. It just burns you out faster. For Golds, the more stress they have and the less “perfect” life is going, the more they work, thinking that doing “more” will make it better. Besides, it’s a great place to “hide” from life and facing other issues. It’s a safe place to be, they’re good at it, it’s a world Golds can control and it makes them invaluable…just before burning out, as they’re stressed to the max, snaps, gets sick, hardens the tone of their voice, become less flexible and more rigid.

So what’s really going on that you’re hiding from, avoiding or not wanting to change? What would happen if you said no and set some gentle boundaries? What do you feel you’d lose vs. what would you gain? Until the gain is bigger than the perceived loss, you won’t move. The pain has to be big enough to choose to act.

Isn’t part of the workaholic issue that the moment you get out the door you still have a to-do list managing your life? Can you have an entire day of nothing planned without feeling you’re being irresponsible? Can you take your great organizational skills and pass the buck without feeling you’re slouching off without feeling nobody else could do it, from filing at work to a cleaning person at home? And to start, can you change your stinkin thinkin from ways it can’t be done, changed or improved to actually thinking of how it IS possible and you deserve better? Are you worth it?

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.”

A Great E-Mail Question

March 1st, 2008

Hi George: Can you share some information on how we can adjust our lives using our insights of Colors? I am a Gold/Blue, a workaholic, and would like to learn strategies to learn how to place importance on ME and to set some healthy boundaries. Life is slipping by and I want to smell the roses, but find it hard to do. M.

 

Hey M: As you described so correctly, our second Color matters a lot! You’re another Gold workaholic and can’t say no. Gee – the former is totally Gold and the latter is a real challenge (doubly so) for most Gold/Blues. Blues want to be loved and included so they don’t say no, and Golds do things out of a sense of duty and responsibility.

But when the Gold “I have to do it,” or your Blue “they need me,” burns the candle at both ends it does NOT make you a brighter light. It just burns you out faster. For Golds, the more stress they have and the less “perfect” life is going, the more they work, thinking that doing “more” will make it better. Besides, it’s a great place to “hide” from life and facing other issues. It’s a safe place to be, they’re good at it, it’s a world Golds can control and it makes them invaluable…just before burning out, as they’re stressed to the max, snaps, gets sick, hardens the tone of their voice, become less flexible and more rigid.

So what’s really going on that you’re hiding from, avoiding or not wanting to change? What would happen if you said no and set some gentle boundaries? What do you feel you’d lose vs. what would you gain? Until the gain is bigger than the perceived loss, you won’t move. The pain has to be big enough to choose to act.

Isn’t part of the workaholic issue that the moment you get out the door you still have a to-do list managing your life? Can you have an entire day of nothing planned without feeling you’re being irresponsible? Can you take your great organizational skills and pass the buck without feeling you’re slouching off without feeling nobody else could do it, from filing at work to a cleaning person at home?  And to start, can you change your stinkin thinkin from ways it can’t be done, changed or improved to actually thinking of how it IS possible and you deserve better? Are you worth it?