Posts Tagged ‘Greens’

Can We Be Orange Without the Score to Prove It?

November 11th, 2018

Hi George: I am high Green/Gold AND people have often pointed out that I seem to be very Orange. How could that be? After everything is taken care of properly, I can relax and be silly – but how can I be “high” Orange but not verbal and disorganized?

I can laugh, but for a lot of years, during difficult times, I don’t remember laughing.  As a matter of fact, that is one reason that I married my husband – I noticed that I was laughing around him. So, what do you think? I do love me and think that I am pretty well rounded.”

Hello Green/Gold buddy: If you’re looking for definitive answers – you’re out of luck, because Colors isn’t a math thing, or an exact science. It sounds like you’re confused, when you should be happy, instead. Are you wondering if you HAVE to be a certain way because your score has defined you? Are you kidding? You’re all four Colors, whether that’s by score or behavior. After all, there’s a time and a place for everything, isn’t there? Plus, our behaviors are not our Colors.

You’re not “losing” your Green or Gold, and maybe the Orange isn’t and won’t be reflected in your score, but there’s a lot of ways to be Orange. Just like there are lots of ways to show your blue caring and compassion. If you can embrace and grow your “orangeness” you’re well on the way!

Right now, your fun is “earned” after the work is done, as is the case for Golds. You’ve learned to laugh again, not to take things so seriously, or to worry about everything. Pick your spots, ease up on the hundreds of rules you have, know when perfect is important, and when “good enough” really is good enough. Remember that there are four different definitions of organized and that “whatever” sometimes is a great answer the times you get so worked up about silly stuff in the big picture of life.

You’ve had a huge Orange deficiency for years – it’s great that you’re “back” and make sure your husband gets the recognition and rewards for helping you with that!

Oranges are always looking for a few good people to join them! The tools of Colors are like a buffet. You don’t have to take everything – you pick what you want! That’s how we grow, become coachable and learn. I would also be nice if your Green could re-think the labeling of Oranges, and your Gold could take them off the Orange judgment list.

The Green Search for Perfection

November 14th, 2016

It’s the common response: Asked at a job interview what his biggest weakness is, he pretends to think for a moment before answering, “I guess I’d say I can be a bit of a perfectionist.” The impression he’s giving is clear. Though he may sometimes be perceived as a bit negative, this is simply a byproduct of his excellent work. In other words, his weakness is actually a strength.

I am a writer, and lately my work has slowed to the point where I spend days rewriting the same sentence over and over. I believe the line will get better, and it does, but what is a reasonable amount of time to spend on a single sentence? Thirty seconds, two minutes, an hour? Certainly not a couple of days! And yet, though I know this to be true, once I’m locked in on it, a sentence isn’t just words and information, it’s an amorphous blob that must, under the threat of humiliation, be poked and prodded into absolute flawlessness before I can even think about moving on.

I’ve begun to think that I’d be a better, more successful writer if I was more willing to fail. Perfectionism affects every aspect of my life. It tells me, “no matter what happened in the past, you can validate it now by being perfect.” Why do I analyze something that, by the count of ten, will no longer exist?

Perfectionists’ relationships can suffer too. I also hold my girlfriend to the same brutal standards as I do myself. Which is wholly unfair…I want the world around me to be as perfect as I should be…

Happiness is a word for weak-minded people, for self-help gurus and “Please share this” Facebook posts. Consequently it’s a word I haven’t spoken aloud often, except to say I’ll have it when I’m perfect.

Even with this almost written, I still fear that I’ll break down and edit it until there’s nothing left… Excerpts from James Nolan post at

Memo to The Media: They’re Green – Deal With It

June 1st, 2015

A few years ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended a performance at the National Arts Centre with Yo-Yo Ma. During the performance, he actually went up on stage, sat down at the piano, and performed the Beatle’s song – With a Little Help From My Friends.

The media went nuts. For a Prime Minister who has been accused of not showing his “human side,” whatever that means, it was certainly unexpected. In fact, Maclean’s magazine did a six page story on “the story,” and a few more columns over the following weeks.

The Prime Minister is a high Green. He is an economist, has a Green face (he’s not mad), he doesn’t have a so-called “hidden agenda,” and is a lot more comfortable behind the scenes than in front of the cameras. The performance was not some “human breakthrough,” or staged in order to make him appear softer.

When Greens choose to do something, they want to do it right…OK… perfect. The bigger the audience, the more pressure Greens tend to experience since credibility is one of their core values.

When Secretary of State Clinton got emotional during the 2008 primary Presidential in New Hampshire, it wasn’t phony or staged. When the Prime Minister performed the song, it was a focus on doing it right on the piano much more than doing it right for the media. And when columnist Andrew Coyne suggested that another Green politician rip up a prepared speech in order to speak from the heart, it’s not going to happen.

With both these Greens campaigning again this year, could the media please calm down, or at least get a basic understanding of Colors, and the values, behaviors, and incredible gifts that Greens bring to politics just as much as they do in leadership positions…in your office…and in your family?

A Green Hiring Trick

September 2nd, 2014

“I wasn’t really looking for a new job right now, but I like to browse job ads once in awhile. I saw this one ad on-line for a Document Proofreader for a large engineering company. I thought it really strange, though, and quite hilarious that they would misspell the word “grammar” in the ad. They had spelled it “grammer.” So I emailed the ad and told them that it made me chuckle that they had misspelled the word, and then I jokingly (well, to myself, because I never thought that they’d respond) asked where I should send my resume.

Well, when I got home from work that evening, I had an email from the HR person telling me that she would like to interview me right away and to please, please send my resume. She said that that was not a mistake and that I was the first person in 18 responses to pick up and say something about the mistake!”

A similar approach came from a Gold executive assistant and her Green boss. After the Colors seminar when we had discussed the need for Green credibility she had to share with me that the first thing her boss asks her to do is to throw out all the resumes with spelling mistakes in them….

Inside the Green World of President Obama

May 8th, 2014

Recently, reporter Michael Lewis wrote an extensive story on President Obama. Lewis received unprecedented access to the President, and the story certainly had a vast number of insights into a Green politician – and pretty much any Green in your life at home or at work:

What to wear? Who cares? He only wears blue or grey suits and the White House Chef makes all the menu and food decisions. The Green logic is that the more mundane decisions are taken away, the more energy and brain power there’s left for important decisions that actually matter.

The same logic applies to Facebook founder Michael Zuckerberg, who owns 20 of the same shirts. He shared with 60 Minutes last year that it’s just one less decision that has to be made on a daily basis. In fact, lots of Greens, mostly men, like a company uniform or coveralls. The big exceptions are most Green/Orange women!

President Obama doesn’t need you to say nice things, or to flatter him. As a result, it doesn’t occur to him that you may want to hear those things. In the entire eight months, Lewis shares that the President never attempted to flatter him in any way.

His nature is not one to show emotion and certainly doesn’t get emotionally invested in a decision. He is always calm and cool, and incapable of faking any emotions. There is, however, a great strength in his (the Green) authenticity.

He listens to everyone and actually goes out of his way to look for contrary opinions. That takes more time and energy and it’s something that can drive the media (and you with a Green at home or at work?) crazy. He is entirely logical in going through his options and has the patience to make the right decision.

With upcoming elections in both Canada and the U.S., the other two high Greens you’ll be able to see a lot on television are Prime Minister Harper and potential Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.