Keeping the Spirit of True Colors® Alive Every Day
This column is the latest installment in a series features by Division staff that will offer tips on how to integrate the True Colors® curriculum into your workplace.
Our staff at Texas Parents is working to keep the spirit of True Colors® alive so we can enhance our work and strengthen our team. To do this our team set a realistic goal given our hectic schedules and unpredictable days. We now try to integrate a True Colors® activity into our staff team meetings once a month.
For our first meeting I picked something simple and fun. I put the colors on separate sheets of paper in a bag for each staff member to select randomly. I charged each person to “plan the perfect party” for the color they picked. After five minutes of think time each person shared. That led to a lively discussion full of laughter, debate and enlightenment. The activity also reminded us that even those of us who share the same primary color are different and we should not stereotype.
The next activity delved deeper since we were about to embark on a very busy and stressful time. Still, we kept it simple. We took turns sharing how each of us experienced stress and what we need from our colleagues during a stressful time. Since we had worked to build a foundation of trust, we were all able to feel comfortable sharing our feelings. We walked away with more trust and tools to help us manage stress and support each other.
As you can see, activities can be simple and fun but can still lead to insightful conversation that enhances our work and office culture. I encourage you to find ways to bring True Colors® into your team’s day-to-day work whether it is a simple 15-minute activity or a deeper discussion. If you commit just a little time once a month or even a few times a year, your team will continue to reap the benefits.
Let’s keep that True Colors® spirit alive and well within our teams and the Division.