COLORFUL Masterpiece-Begining the Series

October 22, 2008

The COLORFUL Masterpiece Series will focus on the four temperaments that categorizes all of our personalities.  “The concept of temperaments in Western medicine finds origin and early elaboration in ancient Greece; subsequently, it was developed and expanded by the Arabs, followed by Galen and the Romans.”  If you were to take a simple approach to understanding this, most ancient philosophies centered around items they could understand.  These ideals would be things like wind, water, rain, animals, or other forms of nature they could observe.  Galen observed these items to be hot, cold, moist, dry or Melancholic, Phlegmatic, Choleric, Sanguine.  So, would you be able to remember those terms?  I know I can’t.

Patti Fant, after studying the writings of Galen along with some of the studies by Robert Cloninger, with Dragan Svrakic’s contributions, designed a much easier way to remember these settings… COLORS.  Let’s first descuss the items the go into the behavior model for the COLOR Signatures.

The first measurement we will look at is the Pace of the individual.  This is fairly simple to observe, but do not be to hasty to only consider their movements.  Also be sure to include their speach patterns, gestures, and task completion.  All of these items are to be considered when determining if they are either face or slow paced.

The next items we consider is the individual’s focus.  Is this person focused more on people or the task they are assigned.  If you are having difficulties trying to understand which one you fall under, consider this question.  If you were asked to complete a particular task, let’s say, cleaning the kitchen, would you stop to talk with someone if they needed something, or would you simply talk with them as you are cleaning.  Chances are, if you were to stop a task in order to full engage in a conversation, you would be more focussed on the person than the task.  The opposite is true if you were to focus more on completing the task than simply talking about someone’s issues.  Understand, the world needs balance and having everyone focussed on the same thing would not be effective.  This is where the Scpripture verse Ephesians 2:10 comes into play.

So how does all of this work out?  What does it mean if you are fast paced and task focused?  Well, if we put the two sections together, we will have four quadrants.  Based on the four quadrants, we have four distinctive characteristic personality types that we have assigned colors to in order to help us remember them better.

Over the next several posts, we will explore each of these distinctive personality sets to gain a better perspective of our interactions with coworkers, family, and our spouses.  We will explore what it means to lead a group of “blues” or “lavenders” as well as discuss how to change or modify some of the traits we have to better communicate with those around us.  This will be a fun series and can be applied in most any circumstance in your business or personal life.

If you would like more information on this COLOR Behavior Model or would like to have someone facilitate a training for your group, be sure to contact Christian Management Consulting for more information.



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About the Writer:


Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.


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