Similar to starting controlled forest fires to maintain healthy ecosystems, building positive relationships is a continuous process that we must regularly ignite to keep healthy and continue growing. True Colors® and the knowledge acquired through the workshops can help us build and maintain healthy relationships and an even healthier Student Affairs community.
After experiencing the True Colors® program, it is clear that the training provided improves relationships at work, at home and other areas in life. Over 800 Student Affairs employees attended the intro workshop and now share a common language within our Division. When a question or a reference is made about “True Colors®” or “color spectrum,” it is like lighting a fire-starter log. Conversation is fueled and the dialogue begins. This is simply because we, as a Division, have a common language, a jumping off point for learning more from and about one another.
Because I know that there is common ground, I give in to my curiosity and often ask individuals about their True Colors®. As a result, I have learned much more about my colleagues and appreciate them immensely. I am also in human resources, which makes me a “bridge builder,” so I call on my True Colors® knowledge often.
Inquisitiveness pays off and I have experienced the following changes first hand.
My relationship with Greens is improved by:
- Recognizing their need for independence
- Valuing their abstract thinking
My relationship with Golds is improved by:
- Doing reasonable planning
- Responding to important dates
My relationship with Blues is improved by:
- Being open and responsive
- Expressing my feelings
My relationship with Oranges (including myself) is improved by:
- Recognizing the need for freedom
- Realizing that stress comes from lack of excitement
Out of curiosity, do you know the True Colors® of colleagues within the Division of Student Affairs outside of your immediate office? If not, that’s great — we already have a common language which gives us a wonderful opportunity to fire-up that dialogue. So go ahead, start a good, little fire and let’s continue positively building our relationships.
Human Resource Assistant II
Division of Housing & Food Service