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Arizona’s Personality

Arizona’s Personality


Do places like the State of Arizona have a unique personality like a person does? The best way to guess is to look for core values. What do you think the core values of Arizona are?

I’d say the core Blue value of human harmony may occur among subgroups like families and certain communities like Tucson, but the Arizona’s rep for Blue approachability, diplomacy, diversity, and idealism ranks low in the whole U.S.

Green values too might be average at best. All-important Green knowledge and competence should come from a strong educational system, multiple hi-tech industries, and spirited dialog among political groups. Arizona continues to struggle in those areas.

Gold and Orange predominate in the Grand Canyon State. Both Gold and Orange values reflect hands-on, concrete, can-do characteristics.

Gold is all about responsibility and logistics – doing the right thing and recognizing that there might be an appropriate place for everyone and everything. When you enter Arizona, you can’t help but notice that even mother nature seems overly organized, as if even the distance between cacti were preordained. The colors between sky and mountain and canyon and wash could only have been conceived by a god specializing in logistics. The cities are clean and spacious, the roads and signage designed for excellent flow, the walls relatively free of graffiti. Government at all levels seems more user-friendly than counterparts in places like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Part of Arizona’s Goldness is its political conservatism — a joy for those who relish tradition; a burden for progressives.

Orange screams all values associated with personal freedom. Arizona may have the fewest laws preventing folks from doing what they want and the fewest law enforcement officers nosing into folks’ personal affairs. If you crave personal independence and privacy, Arizona is for you. If you are a gunslinger or an outrageous artist, Arizona might be the haven for you.

Yes, places have their own personality. Come to Arizona and enjoy its spectrum of Gold, then Orange, then Green, then Blue.

Gold People Are Essential Players on Your Team

Gold People Are Essential Players on Your Team

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.