Posts Tagged ‘Gold change’

Hate It Before Trying It?

February 28th, 2019

Before this same seminar, I was chatting with one of the senior managers. She gave me the heads up that one of her staff was complaining about “having” to attend the Colors session. She claimed she was ‘too busy…and have this to do…and still haven’t finished…yada yada yada…’ We both knew immediately that she’s Gold, but her manager had already made it clear that bailing wasn’t an option.

Most Golds (and a lot of Greens) judge that the Colors seminar can’t be worth their time. Yet most of them, when I know who they are and can watch them, start changing their attitude and even facial expression in the first hour to a noticeable degree – as was the case with this lady.

When I was back at their offices the next day, she almost ran to the front door to talk to me! Wow, that was so great…I made my husband read half the book last night right when I got home. And we have three kids and their Colors are…and then my husband and I talked about what we need to…

Most people don’t understand what I mean by that being a payday money can’t achieve! And breaking news for many Golds and Greens: Sometimes, some things, such as the Colors training may not seem like it’s an investment in your careers, but it is – and so much more. Sadly, it’s why I’ve only ever done four seminars for high school P.D. days versus tons of elementary schools. When around 70% of teachers and administrators are Golds they just can’t see how this could benefit them…and thus the permanent conflict of Gold teachers and vast numbers of Orange students continues…

Since this newsletter only goes to those of you who have attended, maybe it’s a bit of a reminder to stay out of your judgements until after you have the full picture and can decide if whatever any training, new technology, process change, or a host of other “unknown” things is worthwhile…

Choose Your Color

February 2nd, 2017

Your primary Color isn’t about to change anytime soon…or ever. But your behaviors can change all the time, depending on your circumstances, stress level, meeting, when you’re with a friend, your child, partner, parent, or coworker. Note that the key word here is “can.”

Don’t let your primary (first) Color take away the freedom to be the other three. It’ll make you a more well-rounded person! You’re always free to choose the Color of your behaviors. Just don’t ever say: I’m (this Color) so you have to… or that means I can’t…need you to…or whatever excuse you may have for staying stuck in the comfort zone of your primary Color. Here are the most common ones for each Color:

I’m Blue so you should be nice to me. No, I have to criticize you for something that went wrong yesterday. YOU need to differentiate between me not liking this specific thing versus not liking you.

I’m Orange, so I was late. No, you multi-tasked too much and are rude in having five people waiting to start a meeting.

I’m Green so I’m always sarcastic. No, you don’t have to be. You need to be aware that it’s not funny to lots of other people, especially when it’s a put-down sarcastic comment.

I’m Gold so it has to be done this way. No, there are lots of ways to get from here to ‘done.’  Your way is your way, but it’s not the only way, nor the way others can and do get there successfully.

Care enough to grow your knowledge and use of Colors:

-What’s your biggest excuse in hiding inside your first Color? If you can’t think of it, ask some friends or coworkers to be honest with you.

-Find a way to have your team do the Colors Advanced seminar

-Read the Colors at Work section about the dark side of your primary Color

Survey Says!

November 14th, 2010

Recently, my church survey distributed the results of a survey asking for feedback to increase attendance at the Sunday worship services.

The largest response was that the focus should be to expand communication outside of the parish. OK, that seems like a no-brainer, and a logical way to grow attendance for any church.

But I was shocked by the second highest response: Over 25% of those surveyed thought it should be done through varying the worship styles. What? The largest Color group is Golds. They are also the largest number of regular worship attendees.

Yet, Golds are not keen on change, and especially something as fundamental to their life as their faith, and worship attendance. Not to mention that Golds continuously list being very traditional as one of their greatest strengths.

This is another example of a survey where knowing the Colors of respondents matters a lot. Would switching up worship services simply change demographics? Would Golds look for the value, and positives, before feeling a little out of their comfort zone and objecting? Would it be fair to guess that the majority of respondents who believed attendance would increase through varying the worship style were non-Golds?

Thank Gold

November 5th, 2009

Golds? Did your buying habits really change? There is a new research report, out yesterday, on our vehicle buying habits. The report found that the days of our loyalty to a specific brand of vehicles are over. Less than one in five of us buying a vehicle stay with the same brand we’re selling or trading.

Golds: Is that true? After all, you’re the largest group in the population, so that figure could never be reached, if you weren’t a large part of it. What happened to loyalty? Tried, test and true? Like a Rock?

True, Golds don’t like change, and always tend to be the most loyal group of customers. But the huge upside is that car manufactures can no longer take our business for granted. That means, for years to come, they will have to compete on price and quality, and one will keep staying low, one will continue to improve.

Every other Color owes Golds a big thank you. Without the group which makes up more than one-third of the population taking a chance, that wouldn’t be possible!

The Joy of Procrastination?

September 1st, 2009

Let’s be honest. We’re all guilty of procrastination, to varying degrees, at one time or another. OK, perhaps Golds less so than other Colors. But University of Calgary Professor Piers Steel has some answers, or reasons, after extensive research into the subject.

It is his belief that procrastination is actually our normal state, and it is the NOT procrastinating which requires a lot of effort. Professor Piers argues that we are hard-wired to focus on present rewards, and not future possibilities. That is – the today stuff, not the preventative actions needed to avoid heat and hassle later, or to get prepared for something in the future. In the meantime, to make matters even worse, we keep getting bombarded with more and more diversions.

Studies since the early 1980s actually show that people who describe themselves as moderate procrastinators have grown from around 15% to 60%. But here are some tips:

• The lower your energy level, the more likely you are to put something off. Take larger projects and break them into smaller, manageable pieces.

• Make something automatic. For example: a file landing back on your desk gets the first priority of getting back out the door – not the last.

• Know when you can and when you can’t – what will be OK to avoid for a while, and what will have very big odds of becoming a problem.

• Don’t be so hard on yourself – stuff happens.

But here’s a more important question: Is it really avoidance, or just a preference to first do what comes naturally to our highest Colors? For example:

• Greens may look to avoid repetitive or routine task – especially if there’s something really mentally stimulating to do, instead.

• Blues generally avoid conflict and negative feedback – until they absolutely have to deal with an issue, or are pushed too far, because it’s more important to get along, rather than creating conflict.

• Oranges avoid excessive paperwork – as long as there’s another customer to see, or any other fire to put out, which is far more fun and valuable.

• Golds often avoid making client calls or changing procedures – right now there’s paperwork to finish and many things still have to get cleaned up and straightened out.

Reconciling Golds’ Faith with the Stresses of Change

June 17th, 2009

If Golds are the largest Color group, it is easy to surmise that they are an even larger group of church attendees. Along with Blues, they are also the largest group of volunteers, by far.

While that is a huge blessing in any church, can it also be a challenge at times?

My national church newsletter this month contained a great SOS from Bishop Elaine Sauer, discussing the National Convention this coming week: “We need to look…if there is a new way to live, to grow…because it names that which is making us sick and ineffective, and it gives opportunity for new growth and healing. (During the convention) I hope people will come with an open mind and free of the fear of change.”

While it is very well written, that last sentence is often such a challenge. Like many churches, mine is dealing with some difficult issues. By far, the vast majority of the convention attendees will be Golds. But – and here is where I have more questions than answers:

Can a Gold Christian leave their personality type at the door, so to speak? Or should they?

How do Golds reconcile one of the biggest stresses of change with an open heart and an open mind for the good, or betterment, of their church?

Does, has, can, or should, our faith soften our Gold preference and mindset of black and white – right and wrong?

Is it possible for Golds to separate their personal feelings from their votes, or feedback, on issues involving changes?

Is it possible (and if so – how do Golds do it) to attend the convention, as Bishop Sauer wrote, free of the fear of change?

While the coming convention got me thinking about all of our Colors’ natural stresses in our relationship with God, the questions very much matter in our home and work world as well. And sometimes, there just aren’t any easy answers.

©George Boelcke, CCP