Pigeon Holes are for Pigeons...

I attended the networking event at Tower Hill last night and enjoyed the presentation by James Knight on Colour Styles. During his presentation we were introduced to his personality profiling model and had an opportunity to find our our colour preference (Blue, Yellow, Red or Green).

Whilst I enjoyed the talk, I felt a compelling urge to raise a few challenges. My efforts were thwarted by time but I am still left with a few concerns.

Firstly, is it just me or does anyone else see some of the dangers/challenges of this type of profiling? During the evening we were introduced to some new Clubs to join depending on your colour type. The idea being that like colours 'flock' together. Is joining a club that precludes 75% of your potential networking capability healthy?

Also, whilst I agree that they offer a fascinating insight into your personality type, we all have the ability to be all types, depending on our situation and moods. Which leads me onto another challenge. The profile is based on the response to ten questions to provide a subjective insight into a persons personality. In other words, our interpretation of language in the form of questions is the basis of describing human behaviour. I'm no psychologist, but is there not a danger that the tool is a little too simplistic to base your entire approach to human interaction (this probably applies as much to MBTI, Spiral Dynamics, Belbin etc)?

Don't get me wrong. I think any tool, used intelligently, that helps human beings interact more effectively is a good thing. I'm just not sure that the wholesale enthusiasm displayed at last night's networking event is an objective or healthy approach. But maybe I think that due to my Colour type!!

Nina Madden

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Pigeon Holes are for Pigeons...

"Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with a prophetic ray." Lord Byron. Human beings are beutiful, complex, diverse, fabolous, resourceful and adaptable. I trust the people I work with based on my own unscientific mix of intuition, performance, and what they promise. I was sad to hear a professional speaker promoted by ecademy (which has an enourmour amount of power and influence, I wonder if this is fully understood) discrediting an entire professional group of people based on a simplistic questionare. It is not the informaiton that is the problem but how it is used. Creating an "you're either in or out" situation through clubs, events, and automatically displaying it on profle and messages. All of a sudden I find myself projecting qualities onto people just because they have a colour next to them! The direct call to not work with a specific colour + profession combination in a public speech actually shocked me. In one fail swoop a group of professionals' excellence and ability have been brought into question. I can understand that with the vast amount of people on ecademy it is attractive to attemtp to define ourselves. I get a lot of random requests, and I too have connected in a random fashion. Ecademy opens up the vast vista of potential, then we got to find our route through it, and I guess our travel companions. (oh yes and a map, supplies...) But surely we can take enough time out to do this through our profiles, blogs and messages? By being as honest as possible we can put out who we are, what we do, what we are looking for, and how we like to work? With love Nina Nina Madden Master Practitioner of NLP, Time-Line Therapy & Hypnosis, Transformational Coach

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Peter Lewis

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Pigeon Holes are for Pigeons...

Thank you for your comments so far. I agree with all the above sentiment and was particularly struck by Ruth's take on things. I have been profiled using MBTI, Belbin, Spiral Dynamics & DISC. Whilst interesting reading on first receipt, none have influenced how I deal with people or how I have conducted my personal and business life. I dunno, perhaps I too am old fashioned and find that honesty, integrity, ethics, values and a genuine interest in people seems to get me by!! Perhaps I should read my stars tomorrow and see if neglecting these profiling tools are hampering my future o:)

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Ruth Edwards

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Pigeon Holes are for Pigeons...

I was registered to attend last night but another business appointment got in the way - but I must say I did not feel as though I was missing out. I did the colour test and could only agree in part with the result - as such I do not display it on my ecadamy profile as I do not think it of help to what I had written. Either that or it means I am too complicated a person to fit snugly in to one of the four categories! As such I fear that it is too simplisitic a way of connecting people and could be misleading. Whilst it is meant to assist in how we communicate with each other I think it is in danger of telling us to prejudge others before we meet face to face and adapt our own personalities accordingly. When it comes to doing business, people buy people - if we adjust our own personality to suit others and in order to do business are we surely being unrealistic as many will see through this? Let us work it out for ourselves, be ourselves and keep some sort of reliance on that thing called 'chemistry'. Ruth N Edwards LLB, eMA Smartstart Media Ltd smarter communication...smarter business

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Alan Stevens

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Pigeon Holes are for Pigeons...

Peter, I agree with you. On the speaking circuit, I've met plenty of people who use a four-group, six-group, or even more complex categorisation of people. It always seems to go down well with audiences. Whether it has any practical application is a matter of debate. If you accept that you are in a category, along with all its attendant characteristics, I think it restricts the way in which you think and behave. I prefer to deal with everyone as individuals, not as members of a "high yellow", "ENTJ" or whatever. Of course, by now, those who believe in these things will think they recognise which group I am in. As the old joke goes "I don't believe in astrology, it's a load of complete tosh " "Ah - That's because you're a Pisces". Best wishes Alan Alan Stevens, Author of The Pocket Media Coach. Click here for The Mediacoach Radio Show Director, MediaCoach Training and Coaching for Media Skills, Presentations and Public Speaking. Specialists in Crisis Management. Tel/Fax +44 (0) 20 8220 6919 Mobile : 07986 852621 Watch a video of me speaking to London Ecademy here.

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