An integral part of our Student Affairs work is being able to interact with a variety of people, some of whom you may get along well with and some of whom you may disagree with or find challenging.
While you may not be able to control those you find challenging, you can control how you view or feel about them. That’s where I’ve found the True Colors® concept of “reframing” to be incredibly helpful in my everyday life.
Reframing is changing the way you look at something or someone and then viewing it from a different perspective. It’s easy to get stuck in a certain way of thinking, especially if that’s how you’ve always thought. For example, consider a colleague that starts every Monday by asking everybody in the office how their weekend was. Some people may perceive this as being nosy or wasting time.
True Colors® offers an alternative perspective. If that person is a primary Blue, they probably genuinely care about how everyone’s weekend was. That may be their way of helping build team coherence and unity. Isn’t that a much more positive and productive way to view that situation?
Reframing helps emphasize an important part of working with others. Even if you may not agree with them, their actions and opinions have value. Being able to step back and look at certain traits as positives instead of negatives is a skill that can help build relationships, ease tension and make your entire team more successful.
Check out this True Colors® Reframing resource to learn more about how to reframe each color and put this skill into practice. You never know how changing your perspective can impact your interactions and relationships until you try.
Health Promotion Coordinator
University Health Services