What color is the personality of your team? As we talked about before, getting to really know your team can make all the difference. One book I strongly recommend to salon owners is What Color Is Your Personality? by Carol Ritberger, Ph.D. The exercises are fun and can truly put your team over the top on working together, handling challenges, and developing goals.
One of the best outcomes I’ve seen from the book’s exercises is a team in Florida that used the descriptions for each color to name their monthly awards. “Reds” are traditional, hard workers. They are down to earth and sensible. They believe in stability and structure.
“Oranges” are the caretakers, the “mother hens” of the salon. They are the most helpful, devoted team members.
Without “Yellows”, innovation wouldn’t even be a word! They are self-made, self-motivated, and intellectual. They love a challenge. Their lives are about endless possibilities. But they are also the ones who will challenge authority and the way things are done. They will always look for a new way of doing things.
“Greens” are what bring the color of the world to life. They’re the artists around us. They’re sensitive, love life, and are optimistic. “Greens” need to be liked and thrive when their egos are rubbed.
Think of what having an entire team vote on as the most helpful, most needed team member could do when the winner is an Orange and is announced by applause. That feeds right into what’s important to that person. Think of what using this book’s guide can do for your staff.
Use this book at your next meeting, get your team on board to have fun, and marvel at not only the uniqueness of the group, but also how easy they are to understand, motivate, encourage and grow!
—Heather, success coach