The dynamics of the colour energies are the most powerful aspect of the whole colour energy model.
What do we mean by the dynamics of the colour energies?
We all know, don’t we, what happens when you put opposite poles of magnets together? The magnetic force creates an attraction that brings the opposing poles together. Similarly, when you put two common poles of a magnet together the magnetic force repels each pole twisting one to the opposite pole.
Think of the energy between the opposite colours in our colour energy model in a similar way.
What are the Opposite Colours?
Within the basic four colour energy model there are two sets of opposite colours. Now let’s be careful here. A lot of confusion and mis-understanding occurs when this aspect of the colour energies is not explained very well.
The dynamics between the opposite colours give rise to the level of performance within your team. If you are using the traits and the gifts of the people that manifest each colour energy positively, you will be successful. If you are ignoring the gifts that your colleagues bring then you will miss out on your goals.
Within the 4 colour energies the two sets of opposites are:
This does not mean that people with opposite colour energies do not like each other. If that is your understanding you have been ill-advised. It is in the nature of opposite energies that you will find the strongest and longest lasting relationships. However, within each set of opposites a ‘tension’ exists. This tension, purely and simply, is energy. What each person in this dynamic chooses to do with this tension creates the results that they achieve.
What are the Dynamics of the Colour Energies?
To understand this we look at some key values and capabilities of each colour energy. When different values are brought together this can result in conflict of some sort. However, conflict is the underlying positive driver that creates collaboration. So conflict is a good thing. This point is worth remembering.
What is the Blue / Yellow Dynamic?
Where Blue Energy values being correct and enjoys working logically using well structured processes, Yellow Energy values being involved in multiple activities working at building connections and relationships using their natural warmth and positive communication talents. How can these two colours combine to create a positive dynamic?
Well, Yellow Energy through it’s many connections and activities will always be identifying new methods of working. New ideas, new designs. Yellow Energy is constantly scanning for the next opportunity. Blue Energy, prefers the tried and tested ways of working. These methods work and can be relied upon, they are as low risk as possible. If the new ideas and opportunities brought by Yellow Energy are constantly rejected, then Yellow Energy will depart to find the satisfaction and recognition they crave elsewhere. If this happens, Blue Energy, in the absence of new thinking will seek to refine and hone what already exists. In a vacuum of no innovation, your organisation will STAGNATE in an ever changing market…this may well result in your organisation ceasing to exist.
When Yellow Energy brings new ideas and opportunities and Blue Energy can work towards identifying how these can be developed into a robust process or strategy, then innovation occurs. As new processes, products and strategies are developed the organisation can continue to develop. The relationship between Blue & Yellow Energy can become more robust when they both recognise that they drive the DESIGN of new ways of working.
What is the Red / Green Dynamic?
Following on in the same manner, Red Energy values the Achievement of Results and Green Energy values working in Harmony with others. Red Energy enjoys being the strategic decision maker, Green Energy enjoys being at the heart of the community /the team, working towards meaningful goals and a compelling purpose.
When Red Energy sets a stretching set of objectives and at the same time demands more be done with less resources, we typically see Green Energy come together into a tightly knit group, stubbornly refusing to engage. Objectives get missed, achievement of results has not happened. Red Energy can become more agitated, when this happens Green Energy can withdraw all good will. Your team, or organisation will end up in a STRUGGLE. A power game will develop to see which side wins. Will Red Energy succeed and see the Green Energy accept new conditions and terms or will Green Energy win and see a new leadership take over?
How about if both Red Energy and Green Energy valued the DELIVERY of the Vision of the organisation? If this was the case, Red Energy could still occupy the Strategic decision making roles and Green Energy would still enjoy all the cohesion from a high performing team. Together through the exercise of ‘Listening’ and being ‘Responsive’ to the demands of the environment Red & Green Energy can become the DELIVERY dynamic that always gets the job done.
How do you create the healthy & constructive dynamics within the colour energies?
In all our 25+ years of working with the Colour Energies this has always been the most interesting part of our work. All too often companies want to spend some money giving their employees a ‘fun’ day out. This usually involves giving employees a Colour Energy profile (we recommend the C-me Profile) and a fun and interactive workshop. The workshop is usually focused on understanding the colour energies and becoming familiar with the profiles and the team wheels and graphs.
Whilst, these days are great fun, very little is achieved in addressing the underlying dynamics within a team. Organisations that choose the ‘fun’ day out are missing the opportunity to really get value for money and achieving transformed team dynamics.
Earlier on in the post I suggested that ‘conflict’ is a positive driver of collaboration. This point is essential in addressing the dynamics contained within the colour energies in your team. Now conflict itself is a word that will create an instant negative feeling in some people. Many organisations are developing policies that effectively eradicate the word out of their organisational lexicon. This leads to a culture of passive aggressive and passive avoidance where performance is lost. I’ve seen this occur many times.
You can have Respect, Equality and Diversity and Conflict all at the same time. Infact, if you seek to avoid conflict at all costs you will end up in the biggest struggle and stagnant situation you will ever know.
Steps to create constructive dynamics within your team
There are many models and approaches out their for developing what we commonly call high performing teams. Lencioni, is one of our favourite models. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of our foundations, this is like our bible!
Whatever approach or model you use certain fundamentals will be required. Constructive dynamics are achieved when all your team members fully respect all the traits and attributes of every other team member. A vital step here is appreciating how each team member uses ‘TIME’. Being able to utilise each individual’s specific TIME orientation will bring enormous benefits to your team. Each colour energy utilises TIME differently. How one person uses TIME relative to how another uses TIME is one of the biggest sources of conflict within a team. We’ve got to get our head around how each colour energy can achieve Mastery of TIME.
When each team member can communicate assertively what they want, there is no space for passive or aggressive communication. As each team member is able to welcome challenge to their ideas and is able to constructively challenge their colleagues on their ideas. Challenging is…challenging! If all this happening and each team member is capable of holding each other accountable for their performance, then you will be on your way to achieving the positive dynamics contained within the colour energies.
This requires a lot more than a ‘fun’ day out looking at graphs and wheels.