Results from the Primary Color Assessment process (from the book The Leap: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great by Rick Smith)
ROYAL STRAIGHT — Intuitive Interaction
Congratulations! Your primary color is that specific area of the spectrum that best represents the intersection of your greatest strengths and passions. Be sure to check out the So What?! and Now What?! tabs for additional information and resources.
You are a person who pays close attention to your feelings about people and situations. You are likely to be skillful at handling people issues and may have excellent insight into the development potential of others. Interaction intensive roles such as those in human resources, health care and other service industries could be an excellent fit for you. However, you are in no way limited to these career options as this color family plays well in a broad spectrum of possible contexts. Planning, organizing and managing projects characterize this color group.
You are thoughtful, and are generally known for your strong follow-through and good negotiating skills. You may also enjoy physical and intellectual challenge as you are likely to be competitive. In general, people in this color group need more feedback and affirmation than would be obvious to the casual observer. You tend to be a loyal, dedicated, hard worker who does not often like to call attention to him or herself. You would rather just get the job done and let the results speak for themselves. Most people in this group prefer stable, traditional, predictable work environments that have well defined hierarchies and structure.
Percentages: Curiosity = 43%, Execution = 67%, Leadership = 89%
Career Alignment: Yellow — AdaptabilityBelow is a summary description of your job color cluster, the area of the spectrum that is most aligned with your current role as you have described it. This area is independent of your Primary Color (may or may not be in the same area), and is designed to highlight the degree with which the two are in alignment.
Jobs and careers that populate this part of the color spectrum are a nice blend of the operationally focused opportunities found primarily in the "Execution" portion of the color spectrum (characterized by expediency, planning, structure and process) and the more cerebral demands of the curious inventor (characterized by "what if," "Why not?" and information gathering). People who fit well into these jobs and careers tend to be drawn to the role of individual contributor capable of working alone with little supervision while, at the same time, contributing to the team effort.
These positions generally require logical, analytical professionals who are able to identify or anticipate immediate needs in setting a logical path to an end result. The ability to be intensely focused and single-minded when pursuing tasks or issues is a valued asset in these settings. Frequently, being a perfectionist capable of doing the job oneself with an idealistic view of what constitutes an acceptable outcome is also seen as an asset. If you have a penchant for achieving high-quality results that have an idealistic edge and a very practical application then this area could represent your best fit.
Copyright © 2009 Rick Smith. All Rights Reserved.
Excellence, not average, is your measure. Taking something from below average to slightly above average takes a great deal of effort and in your opinion is not very rewarding. Transforming something strong into something superb takes just as much effort but is much more thrilling. Strengths, whether yours or someone else's, fascinate you. Like a diver after pearls, you search them out, watching for the telltale signs of a strength. A glimpse of untutored excellence, rapid learning, a skill mastered without recourse to steps-all these are clues that a strength may be in play. And having found a strength, you feel compelled to nurture it, refine it, and stretch it toward excellence. You polish the pearl until it shines. This natural sorting of strengths means that others see you as discriminating. You choose to spend time with people who appreciate your particular strengths. Likewise, you are attracted to others who seem to have found and cultivated their own strengths. You tend to avoid those who want to fix you and make you well rounded. You don't want to spend your life bemoaning what you lack. Rather, you want to capitalize on the gifts with which you are blessed. It's more fun. It's more productive. And, counter-intuitively, it is more demanding.
You are a conductor. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, you enjoy managing all of the variables, aligning and realigning them until you are sure you have arranged them in the most productive configuration possible. In your mind there is nothing special about what you are doing. You are simply trying to figure out the best way to get things done. But others, lacking this theme, will be in awe of your ability. "How can you keep so many things in your head at once?" they will ask. "How can you stay so flexible, so willing to shelve well-laid plans in favor of some brand-new configuration that has just occurred to you?" But you cannot imagine behaving in any other way. You are a shining example of effective flexibility, whether you are changing travel schedules at the last minute because a better fare has popped up or mulling over just the right combination of people and resources to accomplish a new project. From the mundane to the complex, you are always looking for the perfect configuration. Of course, you are at your best in dynamic situations. Confronted with the unexpected, some complain that plans devised with such care cannot be changed, while others take refuge in the existing rules or procedures. You don't do either. Instead, you jump into the confusion, devising new options, hunting for new paths of least resistance, and figuring out new partnerships-because, after all, there might just be a better way.
Relator describes your attitude toward your relationships. In simple terms, the Relator theme pulls you toward people you already know. You do not necessarily shy away from meeting new people-in fact, you may have other themes that cause you to enjoy the thrill of turning strangers into friends-but you do derive a great deal of pleasure and strength from being around your close friends. You are comfortable with intimacy. Once the initial connection has been made, you deliberately encourage a deepening of the relationship. You want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fears, and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours. You know that this kind of closeness implies a certain amount of risk-you might be taken advantage of-but you are willing to accept that risk. For you a relationship has value only if it is genuine. And the only way to know that is to entrust yourself to the other person. The more you share with each other, the more you risk together. The more you risk together, the more each of you proves your caring is genuine. These are your steps toward real friendship, and you take them willingly.
Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or "types" because you don't want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals. You instinctively observe each person's style, each person's motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person's life. This theme explains why you pick your friends just the right birthday gift, why you know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why you tailor your teaching style to accommodate one person's need to be shown and another's desire to "figure it out as I go." Because you are such a keen observer of other people's strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team "structure" or "process," you know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well.
You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person's perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person's predicament-this would be sympathy, not empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to express their feelings-to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons, other people are drawn to you.
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Role = Priest (Inspirational Leader). Influences: Casting = Scholar (Learning/Teaching), Essence Twin = Artisan (Creativity)
Overleaves: Perspective = Teaching, Goal = Growth, Mode = Observation, Center = Intellectual, Attitude = Pragmatist, Dragons = Arrogance, Stubbornness.
Full Casting = Underlying Motivation = Communication (Sage), Global Job = Cooperation (Warrior), Community Responsibility = Competence (Scholar), Side = Truth, Casting number = 214, Entity = 6 "Unusual sensitivity to ethics, justice, corporate politics and integration of many different views" (Priest)
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