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September 27, 2012

Confessions of a Red—Trick or Treat

I have two granddaughters, both born and raised in the same household by the same parents and yet, they couldn’t be more different. The oldest, age 12, is clearly a Red. She is determined, confident, impatient, and more than a little bossy. Her younger sister, age 8, is as Yellow as can be. She is happy, charismatic, and, yes, sociable. I love her with all my heart, but sometimes I want to ask her to please be quiet for just a minute to give her Red grandma a little respite. But, I don’t. As Halloween approaches, all the talk is about what they “want to be” on that magical occasion. My Red invariably goes for the creepy costumes

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September 7, 2012

Reduction In Force

SCENARIO: While the economy seems to be improving, and unemployment numbers are stabilizing, we are still seeing employers that are faced with a reduction in force. As difficult as it is for managers to give this terrible news, it is even more difficult to be on the receiving end. So what can you do as a manager? How can you make the news a little more bearable? Each color will prefer to have this conversation differently. LIKELY REACTION: REDS: In having this difficult conversation with a Red, don’t bother beating around the bush. Reds respond best to direct communication. Don’t ramble on with excuses, personal fee

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September 7, 2012

Ask the Expert

Dear Jeremy, I recently heard somebody referred to as a "Healthy Blue". Can you please explain what that means? Does it imply that somebody could be an "Unhealthy Blue," for instance? Thanks! Debbie Dear Debbie, How very observant of you! Thanks for submitting this question. I would love to explain what this means. Anyone who has been around the Color Code for very long has heard us speaking in terms of "Healthy," "Unhealthy," "Charactered," and/or "Dysfunctional". For example, we may refer to somebody as a "Charactered White". Whenever you hear any of these terms, we are re

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September 7, 2012

Confessions of a Red—Social Networking

Lately, I have been thinking about social networking and what personalities are drawn to it. For instance, I have accounts on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Eons, etc.--but don’t really participate. I don’t post, re-post, share, or poke. If anything, I am more of a voyeur. I will toggle through to see if there is anything interesting going on, and I do enjoy reading news from my scattered family. But, I have a hard time getting excited about the hen that my niece just bought for her Farmville farm, or working up a warm-fuzzy feeling about the plethora of cute cat posters that abound. And now, with the election heating up, I really don’

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