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PEOPLE LEAVE JOBS BECAUSE they dislike the people more often than because they dislike their tasks. “If it weren’t for my boss, I’d really love my job.” “If Mary would just stay out of my hair, I’d be able to complete my projects on time.” Certain Color Q personalities clash with others because they don’t recognize each other’s strengths. Believe it or not, your boss and your co-worker Mary can actually make your work easier… if you learn their strengths. In this chapter, you’ll learn how to do this using Color Q. Start by identifying the Colors of others (see Figure 3 in each of the “Overall” Color chapters), and then determine what they can do for you. Finally, there are tips on how to speak their languages.
Giving someone the Self-Assessment in Chapter 2 often is not feasible. So here’s how to do Color Q detective work. Follow the steps in Figure 25–1 to assess someone else’s Color. (These tips work outside the office, too; for example, on dates or when trying to improve relations with your spouse or parents.)
Once you have an idea about a person’s personality Color, you can begin to change the tone of your interactions. Two things will happen. You will get more help from your adversaries, and they will respect you more. You will come to appreciate their strengths, too (perhaps to the point of even liking them… a little!).