I Said This, You Heard That

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I Said This, You Heard That

Managing Different Personalities In The Workplace

If you have ever felt a disconnect with your coworkers or classmates, maybe you’re not speaking the same language. Different personalities have completely different ways of communicating, and by better understanding yourself and others, you can become a more effective team. Working in a group setting is inevitable in your early career, so learning the skills to cope with several different temperaments can give you peace of mind when challenging situations arise.

A few days ago, I came across an author named Kathleen Edelman, who recently published a book titled “I said this, you heard that.” It outlines 4 different colors as temperaments: blue, yellow, red, and green. Each of these colors is equally as important, and they are all needed in the common workplace, whether that be your English class or your Monday marketing meetings. It is imperative that you are able to understand these 4 colors and their matching temperaments, so you can find out their underlying motivations, what makes them tick, and how each of them solve conflicts.

The Reds: These people are confident, show leadership extremely easily, can be impatient, and are extremely driven. This person is your boss that snarls at meetings and always checks their watch. However, they get the job done. They love creating strategy, and have the courage to make all of the tough decisions. Pointing out their successes and showing admiration is the key to connecting to a red.

The Yellows: These are your enthusiastic and popular cheerleaders. They will sacrifice to be well-liked. They are usually the life of the party and the voice that makes the company or class fun. They are your sales-people, and work great in teams. A yellow is happiest when they feel heard, and they tend to interrupt if they aren’t.

The Greens: If you fall under the green category, you are usually very easy-going. These people are patient, kind, and diplomatic. Yet, they can be lazy and indecisive. They are normally tolerant of everyone around them and their needs. If you are a green, you are reflective and usually have a type B personality.

The Blues: A blue person enjoys solitude. They are normally creative people, and tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. They are very empathetic towards others, but are known to be moody and critical at times. Right brained people, like artists or writers, normally have blue in them.

Remember, you are all on the same team, no matter what color block you fall under. A lot of people can be categorized under more than one color, so finding tactics to understand what makes your team members or fellow employees work their best will be extremely helpful to everyone as a whole. At the end of the day, your team is all working towards the same goals and outcomes as you are. Try your best to be tolerant and patient, and learn about your coworkers and classmates, so that you can become a successful group member or coworker when need be.


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