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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.

Green People Are Essential Players on Your Team

Green People Are Essential Players on Your Team

All Colors Styles are “essential” on a team, but this article will focus on our Green friends.


I was once an HR trainer on a team that had hired only one identifiable Green person. The lack of other Greens did not bother me a lot at the beginning because I don’t enjoy the company of Greens all that much. I say that because I have traits that repel Green folks: I’m a hugger, very spontaneous with unsubstantiated ideas, and quite happy wearing my emotions on my sleeve.


To me, Green people are knowledgeable but often impatient when it comes to sharing the knowledge with folks who are not as “deep” as they. They ask hard questions and appear overly critical – even icy at times. They’re not big on small talk, warm relationships, social events, or spur-of-the-moment fun and games.


If you are Green and have your dander up right now, you may indeed consider yourself quite warm and “fun” – and you may very well be!!! – but I’m here to tell you that the general consensus of people of the three other Color styles bears me out.


I started this article saying my team of trainers had only one Green. An enormous problem was that she was the only team member who primarily concerned herself with strategic planning, deep research, needs analysis – in a phrase, with gathering important knowledge and figuring out how to keep the bar raised on our team.


Because we were blessed with only one Green, a committee consisting only of Orange and Blue people ended up being tasked to choose a Civil Treatment program for New Employee Orientation. The student evaluations later revealed the program was exciting and wonderfully people-centered, but it lacked focus, a good system to follow, and it was embarrassingly short on up-to-date information.


A team lacking Green is very likely to be a team lacking scholarly depth. Without Greens on board, important questions may not be asked. Don’t expect a lot of research. Don’t expect folks to be looking five or ten years into the future. When a study has been made, you have to ask if the real experts have been found.


Eventually a couple of other Greens joined the staff. A Civil Treatment program was created that today serves as a model for corporate and government training programs around the world.


Green people are not “smarter” than other people. And non-Greens are not incapable of thinking and acting like Greens either. What Greens do generally possess, however, is a natural inclination for strategic thinking, scholarly study, and the ability to create complex systems for use in the everyday world. An organization with big ideas would be foolish not to actively recruit people with clear Green styles to help with big-picture thinking, planning, and creativity.


So, how many Greens are part of your team? If you have a few, how are they contributing to building your team and meeting your goals? If not many, or none, how are you coping without them?  Your comments are very welcome.