Posts Tagged ‘work’

What’s a Great Career For a Blue/Orange?

December 17th, 2009

That was an e-mail from a client. But, unfortunately, the question is way too general. Every person, and every Color, can be wildly successful at any career or job. The question is whether they’ll be truly happy, or even whether being happy is all that important. Tons of people work for a very long time in a career of their third or fourth Color. At that point, they often just choose (or need to) measure success in a different way than their first Color might, if that makes sense.

What I do know, for a Blue/Orange to last, and to really do something that’s their passion, it HAS to involve people contact. Blues OR Oranges might do without that lifeline of people, teams, clients, and social interactions for a while, but the “double people Colors combination” almost makes that imperative over the long haul.

A good rule of thumb would be that the career or job should likely be something that has less than a third of their day focused on paperwork, working alone, chained to a desk, and the likes. But there are vast numbers of different careers which would be awesome for any Blue OR Orange, or that combination.

The question for this person, or anyone else, is what’s your real passion? What have you always dreamed of doing? If you could do anything, what would it be? For those, and to have a career in those areas, you don’t need my feedback – you just need to get moving and out of your comfort zone.

Taking Advantage Of A Blue?

July 1st, 2008

A few months ago, Donna (not her real name) sent me a “venting” e-mail. As a high Blue she was really hurt as she felt totally used and abused by some people in her office. I’m proud of her that she actually gave some feedback to her boss, but like a typical Blue, she was not going to confront the actual people who were causing the problem. After all, Blues believe in “peace at all cost,” even if it kills them. It takes a lot to get a Blue to make a scene, or stand up to the bullies or users.

Donna works with a number of high Oranges who were complaining that: “I don’t do stuff for them, like wipe their nose and kiss their feet.” I felt pretty sad that they’d say untrue things and they’ve ratted me out pretty badly.” The only thing Donna did do was to skip an office party they were having because “I don’t want to hang around people who stab me in the back for no reason.” (Yet who was punishing whom by her not attending?)

Instead, I e-mailed her back a note of what she should have said. It made her feel better, even though she didn’t – of course.

Dear Orange friends:

I’m sorry that you believe I don’t do enough for you. I know that you hate paperwork and all the little details that have to be done, because they’re not going away, but you want someone, anyone to do them for you. But here, just like at home – you’re accountable for your own actions and work.

I’m high Blue. My DNA includes always wondering if I do enough to start with. I do! But it’s not helpful when you push that button, oblivious to my Colors, and inaccurate to start with. But I’m also learning the difference between helping and enabling, and you’re asking for enabling and babysitting.

I’m always here for you and so love being part of the team and doing what I can, when I can, within reason. It’s a huge self esteem builder for me to be helpful, whether it’s part of my job, or I choose to chip in and help. But this quickly turns to a nightmare when you become unreasonable and simply avoid what you need to do in order to become more successful.

Goal Setting: Does Close Count?

July 1st, 2008

In sales, management, recruiting or many other areas, should goals always be realistic and achievable, or is it OK to set the bar quite high and make your best effort to get close?

Your answer will be a big clue of a Gold versus an Orange or Blue mindset. The former certainly applies to Golds, while Oranges will shoot for the moon and coming close definitely counts as a win. In fact, high Oranges and Blues will generally feel that achieving their goals meant the bar was set too low in the first place.

Two large seminars recently made that very clear with the response to a seemingly simple question: Would you rather set a goal of $100,000 income next year and reach $80,000, or a “realistic” goal of making $60,000 and achieving it?

Almost every Gold attendee chose the $60,000 realistic goal. After all, few things are more important to Golds than keeping their word – and this would be an integral part of that.

Yet every Orange attendee chose the $100,000 goal and falling short. Why? “We want to keep pushing ourselves, the higher the goal the better, anybody can reach $60,000” and more comments along those lines.

So what’s better? A goal you can take to the bank, or one that’s seemingly impossible and getting close? If it sounds silly, you don’t understand the mindset of Golds. A better question would be one that goes to their mindset: What would be more satisfying, what makes you feel successful, what creates less stress, or how do you believe others will judge you if you don’t reach your goal and keep your word?

At the end of the year, with this example, the Orange person has an extra $20,000 in their pocket AND feels like a winner. Seems like a no-brainer… And Golds can do that, too. But it takes some practice and courage to commit to a higher, more challenging goal. If Golds have committed to their goal out loud and make the promise public – you know they will do whatever it takes to keep it.

So with the tools of Colors, an open mind, and a little “living on the edge” commitment, they WILL be hugely stressed, but I’d bet money they’ll also reach the $100,000, and then who’d look like the winner? But that takes courage, stepping out of their comfort zone and taking a chance. That’s the place where Oranges and Blues have a huge head start…

Some Recent News Stories

February 1st, 2008
  • Americans will spend more than $2 billion this year just on closet organizers.

Is this the Gold group or others that wish they were more organized?

  • Of all the coffee drinkers, only 52% drink their coffee at work.

Doesn’t that drive high Golds crazy wasting time going out for coffee? Or is it their get-away from stress? Is it a high Green way to get some alone-time, or are the other 48% mostly high Blues who would rather get together with someone and will make that quality time with others?

  • Baseball fan sues over tattoo misspelling

One of the most important values for high Greens is credibility. When selling or explaining something, if they catch you in a lie or a bluff, you’re dead and they’re gone, never to return – period. In that same way, they want to be credible, so even when sending e-mails, they’ll run the letter through spell check to make sure it’s correct.

Well, the person creating a tattoo for Jason Harris, a huge St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan, probably should have been high Green – but wasn’t. The tattoo was to read: Cardinals – World Series Champions 2006. But the year was wrong and it was Word – not World. Harris is now suing.

  • Survey reveals our biggest pet peeves in the office! recently reported on a study of office annoyances conduced by the staffing firm Randstad USA. What was the biggest office pet peeve? Condescending tone of voice at 44%! After that, the next four were public reprimands, micromanagement, loud talkers and cell phones ringing at work.

  • O Magazine reader survey

A spring 2007 survey of O (the Oprah) magazine readers showed some really interesting stats. But do remember that this was an on-line survey so it’s not exactly scientific. Some of these make it clear which Color answered the survey:

  • 34% get all the “me” time they need
  • 60% consider their to-do lists a time-management friend and agree that “you can’t beat the rush from crossing off the last task.”
  • 13% admit they really don’t exaggerate when they claim to schedule every bathroom visit
  • 46% say they shouldn’t be up or working when the sun isn’t up either.