How to Work Well with Conflicting Personalities
Every day, 45 different personalities walk into the agency, and are asked to work together to reach a common goal. Somehow, we’re shocked when we don’t see things the same way.
But there’s a reason you may think that one co-worker is difficult to get along with – it’s just that they aren’t like you.
So what’s the secret to understanding that crazy co-worker and embracing the strengths they bring to the table? Speak to their color.
True Colors is a personality assessment that has been used successfully for over 26 years to foster positive personal development that improves communication, team building, leadership, morale and conflict resolution skills.
Here’s a quick look at the personalities the different colors represent:
But let’s get down to it: Here’s a quick guide to communicating with the different colors in your office.
Working with GOLDS
- Clearly establish expectations, in detail.
- Identify short- and long-term goals.
- Provide clear, written, specific feedback.
- Offer tangible rewards like raises, bonuses and promotions.
Working with GREENS
- Assign tasks that require thinking up new approaches.
- Identify expected outcomes, but allow them to accomplish the task their own way.
- Forgo hoopla; give them a sincere “job well done.”
- Praise their knowledge.
Working with BLUES
- Clearly outline expectations in a friendly but frank way.
- Recognize their contribution often.
- Give them a pat on the back, literally!
- Praise their creativity and depth of feeling they put into their work.
Working with ORANGES
- Outline short-term goals.
- If possible, create a little competition.
- Focus on behavior and performance more than the finished product.
- Reward them by giving them freedom.
- Tell them the impact their performance has on the organization.
By implementing a True Colors program, you’ll see individual performance improved, workplace and personal stress reduced, greater levels of employee satisfaction, a more harmonious work environment, and more successful leaders.
Having trouble guessing the colors in your office? Contact us for a True Colors workshop. We’ll help identify your colors and how to use them to improve team building, conflict resolution and interpersonal communication.