Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Characteristics & Behaviour



Questions to expect

Short / precise, objective, driven

Answers to expect

Short / precise, pointed

Response to threat

Anger – takes control


Results / action, steps / achievements, win / control

Small talk

Minimal to none / industry trends


Controlled, orderly, formal

Tone and Manner

Direct, forceful, energetic, aggressive

Proud of:

Achievements / working hard


Quick, decisive, calculated risks


Results, bottom line, proof

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Red Personalties


  • difficult to coach
  • like control
  • self-starters
  • dynamic
  • money-motivated
  • don't talk to them about 'family' or 'vacations'
  • will succeed in StairStep Break Aways
  • are well connected (referrals)
  • bossy
  • born leaders
  • organized
  • usually not Team players
  • impatient
  • driven
  • confident
  • 'challenge' them
  • stroke their ego
  • Corp CEOs
  • sales
  • types / biz owners
Action-oriented, spontaneous and focused on "now," Reds need freedom to follow their impulses, which they trust over the judgment of others. Cool headed and ever courageous, they are proud of their ability to handle a crisis better than most. They excel as negotiators and troubleshooters and are often found in careers that provide lots of freedom, action, variety and the unexpected. Work must be fun and the environment collegiate.

Reds resist schedules and hierarchies. Long term planning is a low priority as each day brings its own agenda. As leaders, They bring excitement and a sense of expediency. Reds observe the system, figure out where the breakdown and errors occur and rapidly implement the needed corrections. Famous Reds include President Bush, Donald Trump, JFK, Ronald Reagan and Christie Whitman. (Reds correspond to the Myers-Briggs SPs.)

Things You’ll Need:

  • Personality Test Results
  • A set of good ears
  • Open Eyes

Step 1:
I love competition! Recall some of the key characteristics of an Red or SF before you start observing. This personality type enjoys a challenge, multi-tasking, and showing talents in sports or artistic endeavors like music. Watch them in a crowd and they can be witty, charming, and say inappropriate things at times for fun. At work they are practical problem solvers, flashy, competitive, and are bold. Based on these traits, Red tend to stand out.

Step 2:
I get easily excited and love to do a variety of things.

Use your eyes first to observe key characteristics. What type of clothes does this person wear? Flashy, colorful and comfortable. Hmm..., could be an Red. What is their mannerism? High energy, excited, constantly moving, like to do physical things and/or to include physically touching. What does their office look like? Full of sports memorabilia, family photos doing "action oriented" activities, and/or fun games on the desk or on a shelf. All of these clues could point to an Red personality.

Step 3:
I keep my options open .

Use your ears...what are they saying and how are they saying it? Red love competition and are masters at making conversations lively and without much structure. They tend to bounce from one subject to the next. In fact, they abhor closure...that's right, they like to keep their options open. Think of a crafty fox on the edge of a field who is looking, waiting, and watching to strike the hen house at just the right time. Red are like foxes in that they keep their options open until the time is right to shift to another position. And yes, they feel quite fine with that...unlike some other personality types.

Step 4:
I'm introverted...most people don't understand that I'm Red until they get to know me .

By observing others, we can determine if they are an Red or not...to a certain degree. You never really know if people are an Red or not because of how they express these traits. An introverted person, one who gathers their energy from within, tend to show their secondary personality traits to the world and think with their primary traits. So if someone is showing Red traits, they could be introverted and showing Red as their secondary personality traits. How do you determine if they are introverted or extroverted? Ask them how do they feel after a social gathering, drained or ready to party more? An extroverted Red will generally say, "party on dude!" An introvert? "Oh, I'm so drained....I just want to go home and be by myself. Of course, a more accurate way to determine if someone is an Red or SF is to ask them or invite them to take the test. However, after teaching True Colors for several years, I can accurately spot people's primary and secondary colors with about 90% accuracy. Just think of the applications of acquiring this "Color Watching" skill in business, at home or play!

Tips & Warnings

  • Value Red for their:
  • Ability to operate without detailed instructions
  • Most likely of all temperaments to accept change
  • Excellent high-energy attitude and problem solving skills
  • Fun, freedom loving attitude
  • Help Red by:
  • Providing them flexible structure and few rules
  • Making work a fun environment full of physical activities
  • Varying the job and multi-tasking them
  • Give them a challenge

How to raise a Red/ Oranage's self esteem

Appeal to their sense of adventure

Appeal to their sense of adventure

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Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up each day and have a totally positive outlook? You greet your family at the breakfast table and they actually greet you back. At work, your co-workers build each other up and applaud each others’ accomplishments. When you get home, your spouse lovingly greats you and you listen patiently as your spouse details the day’s events and eagerly awaits while you share your day’s events. In this scenario, everyone is operating on all cylinders and is in “Esteem.” Esteem is how you see yourself as in “self-esteem.” Depending on your personality, there are hints when you are “Out of Esteem.” This article will help you identify an Red personality type, one of the four True Colors personality types, that is “Out of Esteem” and how to get the Gold type back in esteem. By identifying “Out of Esteem” traits and subsequently taking appropriate action to bring those traits into congruence, you will raise your “Self-Esteem.” Just imagine a world where people focused more on raising each others’ self esteem and just how life giving and rewarding it would be.

Tips & Warnings

  • Seek to determine the Red/Oranges specific joys, values, and needs. This requires exercising patience and excellent listening skills especially with Red/Oranges because they will bounce from one subject to another in a random order.

  • If an Red/Orange is out of esteem and you suspect their out of esteem behavior is more serious than a passing moment, consider referring them to professional help. Out of esteem behavior could lead to more serious issues that a professional is more equipped to handle, especially with Red/Oranges. Most students that are “at risk” are Oranges out of esteem.