Why it’s important to recognise different personalities. What makes you, you?

June 5th, 2017 by Charley Downey


Lego heads

It can sometimes seem too obvious.

You may have a friend who you naturally get along with, but when it comes to certain situations, you struggle to get on their wavelength. Or perhaps you and your partner can never see eye to eye on certain subjects, because you wouldn’t handle something in the same way as they would. It’s normal for people to have completely different traits, just because we get on it doesn’t mean we must agree all the time, right?

We recently had our Boutique Away Day and one of the exercises focused on Colour Energies. This is the theory that, as humans, our dominant personality traits fall within one of four groups. Once we determine which group ‘leads’ our personality, we can identify our strengths, weaknesses, and how we would work with or against other personalities in other groups.

According to the theory, your personality will mostly be made up of traits/characteristics from two of the colour groups. You may have characteristics from all four, but you will have two colours that are the most dominant. Here are the colour splits…

colour personality wheel

Your two most dominant colours are likely to be next to each other in the pie. For example, you may be more aligned with red and yellow, or blue and red – but it’s unlikely that you’ll be red and green, or blue and yellow.

So, let’s have a look at the actual traits of each group.

Reds: Competitive, demanding, strong-willed, purposeful, determined.

Yellows: Sociable, dynamic, demonstrative, enthusiastic, persuasive.

Greens: Caring, encouraging, sharing, relaxed, patient.

Blues: Cautious, precise, deliberate, questioning, formal.

If you’re still unsure about which groups you might fall into, there are tonnes of quick quizzes online such as this one.

Have you worked out your most dominant colour? If so, let’s look at the pie for the colour that’s opposite – as this is the most different personality to you. For example, if you’re mainly a red, look at green. This bit it the most important, as it enables you to understand how to work with other personalities.

When working with reds:

Do – be direct, to the point, focus on results and objectives. Be brief, be bright, be gone.

Don’t – hesitate or waffle, focus too much on feeling, try and take control of the situation.

When working with yellows:

Do – involve them in decision making, be open and flexible, be entertaining and fun in your approach.

Don’t- bore them with details, tie them down to a routine, leave them out of the picture.

When working with greens:

Do – be patient and supportive, slow down and work at their pace, ask their opinion and give them plenty of time to answer.

Don’t – take advantage of their good nature, push them to make quick decisions, throw them into an unexpected situation.

When working with blues:

Do – be very well prepared and thorough, put things into writing, let them consider the details of what you are saying.

Don’t – go off on a tangent, invade their personal space, ignore important details.

 

Interesting stuff, isn’t it? You can find out more on the official Colour Works website.

The exercise really highlighted how different we are as a group, and it was funny to see how accurate some of the findings were. Humans are the most complex and advance species on the planet – yet sometimes we can forget the obvious and assume we’re all the same.

The away day was great. We reflected on our progression and more importantly our goals. We focused on culture, our clients, the team and everything and anything we can do to ensure we’re always thriving to be better. We also laughed, drank, had plenty of fun and worked out our colour energy. And as a little take away, we’ve each popped a Lego creation on our desks to represent our colour traits in descending order. So that if ever we feel like someone just doesn’t understand our vibe, it’ll remind us that ‘hey – they’re not out to get us, their brain just works a little differently’.

Here’s to being different!