All Colors Styles are “essential” on a team, but this article will focus on our Gold friends.
Boy, is it ever hard to imagine any company, or even a work team, that does not include Gold members. After all, one half of the world is Gold.
Sure, there a few very small groups of entrepreneurs who have no Golds whatsoever. For instance, I frequent a 60’s-style jewelry shop run by three people whose Colors are so clear that no formal personality assessment is necessary. The Blue owner can never say no to any request. Her Green husband hangs at home to play on his computer all day. The Orange brother has the customer service skills of Dr. House but can rival Tiffany’s in jewelry design.
How they’ve stayed in business for forty-plus years is something I never used to understand. They toss cash in a coffee can, write receipts by hand, and seem really sloppy about inventory.
But I learned recently they have secret. The secret is they hired a Gold accounting vendor outside the family whose job it is to sort the income, put the receipts and bills in order, create a Quicken spreadsheet, then deal directly with another Gold person who happens to be the tax guy. The only “Gold job” that the owners have is to toss all the paperwork into a shoebox for Ms. Gold to do her magic with.
So, yes, Golds are essential to any business – even when they must be outsourced.
How can we count the ways that Golds are essential? If you want the system you created to work, ask the Gold to run it. If policies and rules matter, let the Golds enforce them. If you don’t want your customers to die from the food you produce, have Gold people inspect it. When a steady income depends on steady hard work, hire Golds. If there’s a chance outside forces will hurt you, look for Gold safety people to protect you.
Returning to the free-wheeling jewelers, they would feel cramped and uncomfortable with Gold people actually working alongside them in the shop, but they were smart enough to pay for Gold skills when it mattered.
In my workshops, most participants agree that the world would turn to chaos without Gold thinking, Gold values, Gold principles, and Gold leadership. That is probably true, but what’s more important, I think, is knowing that the Gold people who work for you not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk of duty and responsibility. They believe in it. They care about it. They act on it.
What’s it like in your world? What do Gold folks contribute to your company? Or are you a company that lacks Gold behavior and would benefit from hiring more Golds? Please comment on this blog entry.