How to Begin: Method # 1 card sort
Check out your behavioral strength with the Winning Colors® Communication Identification cards.
For maximum efficacy, actual reality evaluation and usefulness, it is crucial that you begin the card sort with as little explanation as possible. Example: “In order to assess your communication strengths, we begin with a simple card sort. An explanation of the significance will be explained after sorting the cards.”
If you are a person who likes to talk, or control others or are detail oriented, you may feel it necessary to give long explanations beforehand. This is a waste of time and is, in fact, damaging for the integrity of the results. Your individual biased explanation will skew the results. If everything else fails, follow instructions!
In order to communicate successfully with customers, clients, peers, executive or anyone, you must first know your present behavioral communication strengths. Socrates said: “Know Thyself!” A quick and easy card sort assesses your present people power and communication effectiveness in seconds.
Take the four colored cards and place them in the formation of a clock.
2. Read the words, look at the illustrations.
Which Card Is My Strongest Behavioral Communication Strength?
We give you the process for understanding self!
READ the back of the card you chose as #1.
Is this like you?
If not, go through the cards again,
making new choices.
Sample of one person’s selection.
PLANNER or FOX PART OF ME (GREEN)
BUILDER or BULL/BEAR PART OF ME (BROWN)
RELATER or DOLPHIN PART OF ME (BLUE)
ADVENTURER or TIGER PART OF ME (RED)
The above gives you a thumbnail sketch of your own behavioral communication strengths
The order of the cards indicates your PRESENT Character, Comfort Zone and Primary Communication Behaviors.
Imperative: Always sort the cards in the formation of a clock. If you sort them in a linear manner, there is a subliminal message that states the first card is more important than the others.
On the other hand when sorted in the formation of a clock, is 12 o’clock more important than 9 o’clock or 3 o’clock more important than 6 o’clock? NO!
It depends upon the situation, the personal relationship or what are appropriate behaviors for that specific time.