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April 12, 2018

Self-Awareness in the Workplace: Effective Empathy

  In February we discussed workplace bullying, but like Charles M. Glow said, “One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient.” With so many issues facing the workforce today, it is important to recognize and understand the diversity of your workforce and empathize with the issues that they are faced with daily. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of others, psychologically, to understand their thoughts, feelings, needs and wants. More importantly, it’s using that information to build relationships, teamwork, and effective leadership. St

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February 27, 2018

Self-Awareness in the Workplace: Bullying

Most of us would be appalled if someone called us a bully and yet often the perception is there. You might not realize how traumatizing your behavior is, not only to the person you have singled out, but to witnesses as well. Not unlike playgrounds, high school halls, and social media, bullying does exist in the workplace. While the content might be different, the results are the same. Research indicates that persistent bullying can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair. 1 The company, too, suffers. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute2 one in four employees experience workplace

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January 31, 2018

Self-Awareness in the Workplace: 2018—A year of challenges

  As we come to the end of January, many of us have made, and most likely broken, New Years resolutions. In fact, statistically, only about 58% of New Years resolutions are successful past the one-month mark. If you find yourself falling into this statistic year after year, we'd love to offer a simple mindset shift that may help at least with 67.1% of your resolutions (those of self-improvement and relationships): QUESTION YOUR MOTIVES WHEN MAKING AND KEEPING RESOLUTIONS. According to statisticbrain.com, 44.3% of resolutions are self-improvement related and 22.8% are relationship related. So, based

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December 20, 2017

Do This One Thing Everyday For A Better Life. Guaranteed.

Not long ago, I met with a young man in his late 20's who told me that "things just don't work out for him". He had lost his father years before in a tragic car accident. He struggled to find a career path that excited him. And love always seemed to elude him. He watched as his friends and family members all seemed to move forward in life, yet he was left further and further behind. He detailed for me a number of grievances he had about his circumstances. As he talked on, it became absolutely clear in my mind what my young friend's struggle was. He wasn't simply unlucky or doomed in life. He was, however, in very short supply of a particula

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December 14, 2017

Harvard Study Finds Relationships Have Incredibly Powerful Effect on Our Health & Happiness

Here at Color Code we teach that life is all about relationships. Our main goal as a company is to help people understand themselves and others on a deeper level so they can improve both their personal and professional relationships. We've seen marriages saved, businesses prosper, families improve, etc., etc., all because people took the time to put an effort into building their emotional intelligence and relationship skills. With that said, you can imagine how we love research that further validates the importance of what we do. Today, we thought we'd share with our readers one study we find particularly fascinating and encouraging. Becaus

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December 12, 2017

The White Personality Type is Your Best Friend, and You Didn’t Even Know It!

My focus with Color Code has always been in the work and team-setting.  In every Color Code workshop or keynote speech I deliver, I share what each color brings to the team.  Everyone expects it when I say that “Red brings action,” “Blue brings the heart and quality,” “Yellow brings creativity and optimism,” but there is often a moment of surprise when I say, “The White type is your best friend.” Your best friend is that person who has your back.  They are the rare person in your life who will protect you from yourself.  With that definition of “best friend,” the White personalit

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November 15, 2017

How To Increase Employee Engagement Using Your Color Code Results

“Employee engagement has a direct effect on productivity, so it’s important for managers to understand the factors that help build engagement and the barriers that stifle it.” -David Sharpley No manager needs to be told that the difference between a disengaged workforce and an engaged workforce means the difference between a company that outperforms its competitors and one that fails to grow... In fact, a recent Gallup study shows that employees who have bad relationships with their manager can be up to a staggering 70% disengaged! That means that if you are paying an employee $50K pe

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November 14, 2017

Turning Life’s Lemons into Margaritas! — A Bit of “Yellow” Perspective to Brighten Your Day

by Maria Lesetz, Happiness Coach & Motivational Speaker “Ariel” is a woman who works at my local super market. She has quite the bubbly personality and always makes a point to say hello to me every time she sees me.  She yells out “Hey New York!” and blows me a kiss. She is a hoot! The other day I commented on her tan and asked her where she went. (You don’t get that type of tan in Oregon at this time of year!) She told me she went to Hawaii for her vacation but then proceeded to tell me what happened to her before she left for her trip. Her pocketbook was stolen. All her credit cards and checkbook were in there. She felt viol

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November 14, 2017

Ask The Expert: Fair Treatment vs. Equal Treatment – What’s best for my team?

  I recently had an opportunity to help out a friend of mine with some Color Code advice, and chances are, our conversation will likely be helpful to you as well. For the purposes of this article, I'll refer to my friend as "Jack". Jack is an entrepreneur and is currently building a technology consulting firm. He has about 30 employees who come from all walks of life with different skill sets, backgrounds, and past life experiences. In order for his team to work well with each other, there has to be a strong sense of trust, and Jack is always working purposefully to cultivate a positive culture within the organization. He is aware tha

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September 19, 2017

Ask the Expert: Limitations = Opportunity

Sometimes people ask me why we bother talking about limitations in our program. I hear things like, "Doesn't that just create negativity?" and "We want people to feel good about themselves, so can you just skip the discussion on limitations?" In fact, several years ago, we walked away from a very large client who represented a significant amount of ongoing revenue, over a similar question. I remember talking to the executive on the phone. I knew that they had vetted several personality-based programs (Color Code being one of them), and she called me to share their decision. She told me that they all "LOVE the Color Code program," and

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