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Impatience Isn’t Always An Orange Trait

October 9th, 2009

Two weeks ago, 60 Minutes featured an extensive interview with General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. While some of his comments seemed very “Orange,” you need to remember that impatience and distaste for delays and politics are three stresses that Oranges and Golds share. But as you watch the interview, there were also many Gold traits that became clear:

-Reporter David Martin commented that “his morning updates on the progress of the war start at 8:30, not 8:31.”

-Martin also called McChrystal blunt and hard-charging. You can add: direct, not interested in being politically correct, disciplined, focused, and values first-hand information. He isn’t interested in a fly-over, or relying on briefings, as much as getting into the field and talking to real people.

-The average organization (alluding to the Pentagon), when someone asks when you want something, pulls out a calendar. But in a good organization, they look at their watch!

-We eat up two or three months just getting the tools out of the toolbox (once a decision is made)…

McChrystal believes in earning support and respect, doing the right thing the right way. He asks his security personnel to back off in meetings with locals. In fact, he will not even wear his body armour or a sidearm.

The feature story was a great insight into the vast numbers of Golds in the military. To watch it, here is the CBS link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5345009n

For an even more powerful story see: The Colors of Leadership & Management on the Hurricane Katrina Joint Task Force Commander Honore.

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