Posts Tagged ‘positive’

Advice For Your Color

April 1st, 2009

Fortune Magazine runs an annual “Best Advice I Ever Got” story and this past edition had some great feedback for all of our Colors. The advice isn’t necessarily about that person’s Colors, but it sure gives us all some great food for thought:

  • First, always ask for the order, and second, when the customer says yes, stop talking. Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor
  • Focus on the substance. There’s just no way to disguise poor performance. Mark Hurd, CEO of Hewlett-Packard
  • Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico
  • Some of the most effective leaders don’t make themselves the center of attention. Sam Palmisano, CEO of IBM
  • Experiencing that not everyone saw the world the same way was good preparation. Gen. David Patraeus, US General
  • Don’t spend your time on things you can’t control. Instead, spend your time thinking about what you can. Thomas Murphy, former CEO of Capital Cities/ABC
  • I had a manager who told me that aside from my technical knowledge, my sense of humor was my saving grace. Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
  • You have to be wary of emotion clouding your decision-making that you’ll regret later. Elon Musk, founder of Spacex
  • As much as it makes me super-sleepy, when my business manager talks about taxes, etc. I listen! Tina Fey, actress
  • My experience is that when people are trying ambitious things, they’re all worried about failing when they start. Larry Page, founder of Google

©George Boelcke, CCP


October 1st, 2008

Do you know someone who makes a meeting or get together much better by leaving? Negativity is a trait that we learn. It is never something we’re born with. It is also quite likely, or possible, that the person stuck in a negative gear doesn’t even know it! In fact, when it’s brought to their attention, they’re often shocked to hear it, or frequently deny it (at first).

But point it out anyway, if you care enough to share. If nothing else, sometime in the following few days they’ll become aware when their negativity leaks out. Perhaps the person will be more conscious of it when they talk, and maybe just maybe, change their outlook a little, or at least become aware of it.

Research shows that the vast majority of negative stuff is our own self-talk. In fact, between 85 and 95 percent of the average person’s thinking is negative in nature and ranges from self-doubt to frustration, hate, anger, distrust or an “I can’t and “what’s the use” attitude.

Why would anyone choose the negative over the positive? Simple: It’s a habit. It can be contagious, or at least make that person toxic to everyone, especially high Blues and Oranges who readily admit they avoid most negative people. Besides: Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

This Month on TV: Rachael Ray

February 1st, 2008

High Blue Rachael Ray is the host of a number of cooking shows on the Food Network. While a new cooking show isn’t a news flash, she has become a media darling in the U.S. where there’s just such a low percentage of the population who are Blue. But the buzz is also the many media questions wondering how she always finds a way to look at the positives of every subject or how she could possibly be so cheerful, helpful and upbeat all the time.

In fact, Time magazine’s Joel Stein calls her “America’s kindergarten teacher.” In another interview, high Green Larry King definitely had that “what makes you tick” question on his face during his interview with Ray.

Of course, the anti-Ray blogs are merciless in attempting to cut her down by harping on her cutesy catch phrases and the likes. Even the Time Magazine story ended with a shot at her by wondering how many people secretly watch for the moment she’ll crack and in comparing her to a popular girl in high school who is impressively nice to everyone, but everyone secretly kind of hates her, and who’s probably a little bit phony.

During her show she actually serves the audience herself and has an incredible ability to make people feel welcome and included while her style is to chat and connect with people and not to lecture. Small wonder right now she has a waiting list of almost 20,000 people – for a 110 seat studio audience!

Even outside the studio, Ray is totally accessible to her fans, loves to hug and chooses to focus her show more around her guests and not the celebrities. There aren’t any teleprompters, earpieces or cue cards. She doesn’t even have writers on the show – just herself and a huge sense of being herself.

Thus it’s no surprise that Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions is actually quarterbacking her show. In the words of Oprah Winfrey: “The most important quality a host needs to have is the ability to be themselves day after day – on camera.” And that’s what she has.”

The Colors of Santa?

December 1st, 2007

His Green plans all year round, creates efficiencies and makes sure to learn from last year, since there’s no room for error when you’re working one long night where everything is on the line and HAS to go perfectly.

His Gold makes a list, OK many lists, checks them twice (at least) and plans the most efficient route. Plus, Santa is NEVER late, sick or misses a year. THAT is not an option – ever.

His Blue LOVES kids and everyone. He always has time to really listen to them and makes sure each of them feels included and gets to experience the special feeling of Christmas. Santa just wishes he could see the faces of kids when they do get to open that special present…

His Orange is hugely positive. He’s always laughing (HO HO HO!) and is very flexible, since kids have been known to change their minds about the fifty gifts they really really have to have this year. And Santa’s not really that strict with the naughty or nice thing, if the truth were known…who can remember stuff from February…oh – and his high Orange is very generous!

American Idol and Paula Abdul

October 1st, 2007

If you’ve ever watched even just one episode of American Idol, it’s clear that Simon Cowell is high Green and that Paula Abdul is high Blue. If you’re a fan of the show, can you ever think of a time when she’s given any negative feedback to anyone? At worst, she’ll downplay an awful performance and find the good in the person, whether that’d be their stage performance, or just that they looked beautiful, right?

In an interview with the Associated Press, Abdul admitted that she didn’t actually figure out her purpose in life until she became a judge on American Idol. In fact, she shared that her contribution on the show even beats her millions of record sales or Grammy Award.

Whether you admire that about her or not it’s important to understand this huge Blue value. Abdul makes her best effort to stay positive and look for the value in everyone and everything. At times, that’s hard to do even for Abdul, who has certainly gone through her share of pain and tragedy, suffering from a chronic neurological disorder.

But perhaps one of her most powerful beliefs and values is one that millions of high Blues share in one way or another: “I knew since I was a little girl that I had this profound way of touching people. My purpose is bringing out everybody’s best and being that cheerleader to other people’s success.”