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Discover Your True Colors

An Examination of Self and Others to Achieve Effective Communication, Collaboration and Leadership

MS 94

on 20 September 2012

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What We Will Learn True Colors Philosophy: Discover Your True Colors The Analysis The History of True Colors What color are you? The Philosophy of True Colors Understand our personal colors Many of the early scientists including Plato, Aristotle and Galen proposed that there were four temperament types. Hippocrates called them: Hippocrates (400BC)

The word personality comes from the Greek word “Persona” which refers to the masks worn by actors. Carl Jung (1875 -1961) The History of True Colors Be able to apply our colors in all we do Begin to appreciate the value of different colors Sanguine: Buoyant, cheerful, hopeful, sunny
Melancholic: Sad, pessimistic
Phlegmatic: Calm, detached
Choleric: Passionate, enthusiastic 1921 Psychological Types Carl Jung is considered the father of modern personality type. He believed that personality is an inherent part of both our conscious and unconscious selves. He believes that the conscious awareness of self grows throughout our lives through thinking, feeling, sensing and intuiting. Katherine Briggs (187s-1968)Isabel Briggs Meyers (1897-1980) 1962 MBTI The MBTI is based on a dynamic theory that explains how your preferred mental processes work together to provide you with balance. The MBTI does not try to measure your personality, but it sorts people into groups based on behavior preferences. David Keirsey Maryland Bates 1978 “Please Understand Me” Attempted to figure out how the different types would behave in a given situation and what they can do under varying circumstances. Building off of Myers and Brigg’s research and using Plato’s classification system, he called his new typology “Intelligence Types”. Don Lowry 1978 True Colors Studied the works of David Keirsey and recognized the value of being able to understand the personality types of those around you. He began to look at the common language we used to describe those close to us, like “good as gold” or “true blue”. He also began to read much of the existing research on the effects of colors. This work led to him choosing four colors that represent the four Keirsey personality types (Gold, Orange, Blue and Green). He felt that entertainment could be used as a means for introducing people to Keirsey’s four personality types. 1. People are intrinsically different and each individual strives to achieve a sense of self-worth from their individual perspective. 2. Identifying individual differences can be accomplished through the use of colors and characters as metaphors for those differences. 3. Entertainment is the most broadly appealing and universal context for communicating these messages. Your True Colors Test 2. Go on to the next horizontal line of categories and do the same. 3. Be cautious and make sure you rank these according to who you truly feel you are rather than who you would like to be. The Results A, H, K, N, S = ORANGE B, G, I, M, T = GOLD C, F, J, O, R = BLUE D, E, L, P, Q = GREEN 5. Remember the purpose: this is not to stereotype people; this is to identify commonalities and differences, which will then help us collaborate and expand possibilities 4. Using the letter formula at the bottom, add up the specified letters. 1. Look at each row of horizontal categories of words. Rank the 4 categories from 1 to 4 (4 being most like you and 1 least like you). BLUE
Whatever Blues decide to do with their lives, it must involve people! Caretaker Optimistic Passionate Enthusiastic Imaginative Cause oriented Peacemaker True romantic Need to be unique Cooperative rather than competitive Strong sense of spirituality People oriented Communicating with a blue When Blues listen, they focus on more than words. Acknowledge them Show Appreciation Include Them Have patience Don’t “bark” orders Blue Leadership Strengths Accepting
Acting as a catalyst
Intuition Leading
Training The World vs. Blue Creating STRESS for Blues…
Broken promises
Too much negative criticism
Not discussing what is occurring
Completing paperwork as a priority
Placing the “system” as a priority above people
Being constantly compared to others and not evaluated as an individual
Too much conformity without outlets for individual expression Succeeding with the Blues…
Spend quality time one-on-one with them
Be aware that they wear their heart on their sleeve
Listen to them as they listen to you
Be supportive
Share your thoughts and feelings
Praise their creativity Good as Gold Most comfortable with a structured environment Prepared Loves to plan Detail-oriented Punctual Strong sense of duty Strong “shoulds” and “should nots Belief in policies Values traditions Conscientious Conservative and stable Well-organized Gold Strengths Accounting
Collecting data
Family Following directions
Handling detail
Planning ahead
Supervising Communicating with Golds Golds can come across as businesslike.
In conversation, they want structure.
“Can we do it the way we have always done it?”
Golds listen for details.
Golds are thinking right now, “Slow down! I am still writing notes on Blues!” The World vs. Gold Creating stress for Golds…
Incomplete answers or ambiguous tasks
Too many things going on at one time
Changing details
Haphazard attitude
Lack of structure/direction Succeeding with Golds…
Remember to be on time
Try to be extra efficient and organized
They are generous but like things to be returned
Do what you say you will do
Be dependable and loyal
Respect their need for security Just do it! ORANGE Extroverted Orange:
Tigger (everyone knows when he is around and very little stresses him out)

Introverted Orange:
Winnie the Pooh (goes with the flow and only major concern is HONEY!) OUTRAGEOUS ORANGE Energetic Natural entertainer Pushes boundaries Master navigator Playful Desires change Most productive in non-structure environments Accepts challenges Impulsive Spontaneous “Just do it!” Appreciates immediate feedback Able to take charge
Being the master of tools
Dealing with chaos
Direct communicator
Doing many things at once
Eclectic, diverse, changing Orange strengths Going with the situation
Keeping options open
Proficient, capable
Receptive to opportunities
Welcomes new ideas Communicating with Oranges Oranges are confident, loud, and casual
“Now” oriented
Oranges listen for entertainment, usefulness, and relevance
Great in crisis situations They want forthright communication
They are trying to accomplish a goal with all communication
When talking to an Orange, encapsulate your information into bite-size pieces
Give Oranges choices and ask for their suggestions The World vs. Orange Too much responsibility
Rules and regulations
Being stuck at a desk
“how to” directions
Too much attention to product and not enough to performance/results
Abstract concepts Be active and don’t slow them down!
Be spontaneous and fun
Compete in fun when appropriate
Be adventuresome and optimistic
Be energetic and ready to go! Feelin’ Green Analytical Problem-solver “Why” mentality Very complex Standard-setter Cool, calm, collected Approaches interpersonal relationships in a logical manner Intellectual Work is play and play is work Need for independence and private time Driven by competence Perfectionist Green Strengths

Diagnosing Analyzing Conceptualizing Confidence Designing Determination Developing
Mapping out Intellectualization Inventing Problem solving Reasoning Researching Technical know-how Thinking Communicating with Greens The World vs. Greens Creating stress for Greens…

Not being in charge

Lack of independence

Elaborate use of adjectives


Emotional displays

Lack of options

Inability to use or display knowledge

Small talk


Social functions Succeeding with Greens…

Be aware of their curiosity about life

Give things that challenge their problem-solving abilities

Respect their need for independence

Know that they are caring even though they may not show their feelings much

Respect their ideas Greens communicate for the purpose of gaining or sharing information.

Their favorite line is, “And your point is?”

Greens listen for information and want to know the purpose for that particular communication. Greens usually don’t show emotion.

When talking to a Green, be prepared to defend your position!

Greens are thinking now, “How will this help me with people, again? I don’t need help with people. Why would I?” Your primary and most dominant: the characteristics listed for this number one spot indicate the ones you feel most comfortable operating with. These are the attributes you use when you are truly being yourself.

Your second color has a major influence on the first. In some cases, it shines as brightly as your dominant color (internal introvert vs. external extrovert).

This one does not make as much of an impact. Sorry, “third”!

Because these characteristics are least natural to you, you may admire them in others. Or, on the contrary, because they are the least natural, chances are that they are also the least understood, and therefore they are the characteristics that cause the most conflict with others. People often condemn what they themselves lack. How to use True Colors in every area of your life: In Leadership Work Personal Relationships With your students Great for Orientation How to impart True Colors to your specific populations: Student Activities Health and Wellness Career Services Academic Advising Color” watching is only one filter through which to view human behavior.

True colors should alter your interactions as you become more aware.

It helps you understand values, needs, and actions of others.

True Colors is not supposed to provide you with one strategy for changing yourself or others but to help you understand more fully behaviors and people.

Learning the True Color language and customs of others not only lowers tension and resistance levels, but it also demonstrates the utmost respect. It helps you build relationships and collaboration. Why True Colors? “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford Some Inspiration References

Miscisin, M. (2005). Showing our True Colors. Sacramento: True Colors, Inc.

www.true-colors.com LaKisha Tillman Creating Stress for Oranges… Succeeding with the Orange…
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