Participating in a True Colors® session is exciting because you’ll learn to understand your color spectrum and that of your teammates. As you peel back the layers, you’ll have “Ah-ha” moments about each other’s motivations and styles. Portions of this knowledge might even be put into practice at meetings or in individual interactions. Instead of letting this excitement fade as projects, deadlines and work continues — use it to kick start the new year!
January is often used to create resolutions or goals. This time can also be used to renew a commitment to using True Colors®. Your team can revisit the foundational material and reassess how to energize each other in workplace. Mary Miscisin (2010) noted in Showing Our True Colors a brief example of brightest color descriptions that may be helpful. She stated that Blues shine brightest in compassion, Golds focus most on being responsible, Oranges are spontaneous and Greens are conceptual.
Spend a few minutes during a staff meeting to revisit stressors, joys, needs and strengths. Contemplate how staff can be most successful based on True Colors®. Consider these tips about communicating with all color spectrums:
- Share True Colors® with everyone.
- Pause and pay attention.
- Learn from the past but avoid over generalizing.
- Look for the positive intention behind the behavior.
- Give others the benefit of the doubt.
- Keep experimenting — there is no such thing as failure, only results.
- Be prepared to adapt.
- Decide what is important to you.
A library of True Colors® books and other materials are available by request in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. For example, the tips above are from Showing Our True Colors pages 116-119. Supervisors can also request True Colors® Communication or Teambuilding workshops specifically for your team. Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to check out items and request a workshop.
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