Color Connections

If you are having a challenge with your colleagues, there’s probably a reason you don’t get along.  They’re different.  Finding a way to relate to others is often difficult as we don’t always engage or respond in the same way.  Since our success is often contingent on interactions, this can present a problem.

color-connectionimageWhy use an Assessment Tool?  It can be applied as a foundation for any application that leverages predictable human behavior and requires engagement in order to achieve reasonable success.

Why Color?  Colors are easy to relate to and easy to remember. Color metaphor becomes second nature and is a useful language for talking about behavior.  More importantly, it helps with connection in a non-threatening way and embraces the notion that “we are OK the way we are.”

How to Apply?  Together we can explore concepts around the best way to lead, coach, and engage using their preferred preferences and Color Code.  When we know “Who I am and Why I behave the way I do—and Who you are and Why you behave the way you do” we learn to communicate more effectively, work better together, and avoid stress and conflict.

Why does it Matter?  Performance and productivity are tied to an engaged workforce. According to a recent Gallup Study, only 28% of employees come to work engaged. That means nearly three fourths of your workforce are simply showing up.  Engaged and performing employees put forth more discretionary effort.  They are the ones who are creating innovation for the organization and driving productivity.

Choose the color most like you

gold

Dependable
Loyal
Organized
Trustworthy

blue copy

Perceiving
Nurturing
Harmonious
Optimistic

green

Abstract
Private
Philosophical
Systematic

orange

Flexible
Practical
Decisive
Adventurous

Click on a color to learn more

Know the Colors

What It Means to Be Gold

What It Means to Be Gold

yellow

Core Values

  • Responsibility

Characteristics

  • Dependable
  • Loyal
  • Organized
  • Trustworthy

I like to think about how I will accomplish what I have set out to do.

The best way to engage me is to be helpful in following the plan.

I will continue to be an active participant if you stay on-task and cooperate.

I am least likely to respond to abstract ideas that don’t adhere to a plan, or what I consider to be ill-mannered behavior such as interrupting, unruliness, or being tardy.

My ideal role is to get things organized or manage established processes.

My greatest everyday stress occurs when others do not follow policies, and when I take on too much work because others do not handle the details well.

As a Gold…

You are most satisfied when there are clear guidelines and realistic expectations. Solid as a rock, you follow procedures and meet your commitments, and you expect others to do the same. You are organized, dependable, hard–working, honest and loyal, and take your responsibilities seriously.

What It Means to Be Blue

What It Means to Be Blue

blue copy

Core Values

  • Relationships and Self-Expression

Characteristics

  • Perceptive
  • Nurturing
  • Harmonious
  • Optimistic

I like to think about how I can help people, and improve relationships through communication and harmony.

The best way to engage me is to be friendly. Approach me with an expression of your own feelings – and ask me about my feelings.

I will continue to be an active participant if I sense that you appreciate my unique contribution, and if you communicate with me in an open manner.

I am least likely to respond to criticism, emotional coldness, or conflict of any kind.

My ideal role is to harmonize and inspire, to help and to nurture, to communicate and to facilitate, to imagine and to create.

My greatest everyday stress occurs when I repeatedly feel helpless in my mission to help others, or when I feel unappreciated.

As a Blue…

You pay attention to the feelings of others and are genuinely empathetic. You feel good about helping others, even if it means neglecting your own needs. Your creativity and connection with people is a powerful force in creating harmony. At work and in your private life you are the glue that bonds people and inspires them to do their best.

What it Means to Be Green

What it Means to Be Green

green

Core Values

  • Competency

Characteristics

  • Abstract
  • Private
  • Philosophical
  • Systematic

I like to think about how I can learn new things, invent new ways of doing things, or improve existing systems.

The best way to engage me is to ask me about my ideas.

I will continue to be an active participant if you acknowledge my ideas.

I am least likely to respond to pressure to conform, particularly if rules or policies do not make rational sense to me.

My ideal role is to tackle complex or abstract problems and put them in perspective with the big picture.

My greatest everyday stress occurs when I am prevented from thinking my thoughts through, and from moving forward in implementing my ideas.

As a Green…

You think independently. You naturally consider the big picture and won’t hesitate to question current thinking. You enjoy opportunities to innovate and will take the time to think things through. You tend to be very analytical and, while others are talking, you’re listening, thinking, evaluating, understanding.

What It Means to Be Orange

What It Means to Be Orange

orange

Core Values 

  • Freedom and Fun

Characteristics

  • Flexible
  • Practical
  • Decisive
  • Adventurous

I like to think about possibilities, and how to get things done while having fun doing it.

The best way to engage me is to ask me to do something new.

I will continue to be an active participant if you maintain your sense of humor, and give me the freedom to perform in my own fashion.

I am least likely to respond to negative attitudes. I am a “can-do” person.

My ideal role is to take the lead in reaching goals.

My greatest everyday stress occurs when I feel controlled or held back by others, or when the tools I use don’t work.

As an Orange…

You see life as an adventure, where you’re leading the way. You face difficulties as opportunities and don’t hesitate to act. And while some may see your spontaneity as impulsiveness, you are confident in your resourcefulness to overcome obstacles. You motivate others by creating a fun, stimulating atmosphere and focusing on results.

But this is only one aspect of who you are. You have all the colors in you and naturally call upon all of your strengths in different situations — at work, home, with family and friends.

More Resources

Color Connections with Co-Workers

Color Of Stress – Free Poster

Engagement Engine Wellness