Wish I Knew Myself in School

All my life I have been very (very) lucky.  Over the years I have met so many wonderful and interesting people.  A few in particular have given me the opportunity to develop my career.

Two of those people, Paul Grant (RG) and Dean Masters (YR) gave me a chance to work with Equilibria back in 2007.  If you are not familiar with Equilibria our company developed a fascinating program called the E-Colors.  This system helps to identify a person’s instinctive behaviors.  For more information and to learn about your E-Colors, please visit www.equilibria.com

It is uncanny how accurate the Yellow/Blue descriptor depicts most of my behaviors – as an adult – and as a kid growing up in a small town in north eastern Canada.  If you would please read on you’ll find what I believe to be tangible evidence concerning the predictability of the E-Colors.

Well before the digital age of the Internet and smartphones, my loving GR mom was collecting the bits & pieces that have become part of my history on this planet.  In addition to hundreds of pictures, my mom preserved all of my report cards from elementary school right to university. 

Below are extracts from Kindergarten to grade 6 which highlight the attributes of a very enthusiastic and outgoing child.  In the realm of the E-Colors, this would be amount to a top Yellow.

By the time I entered Jr. High in 1977 computer systems had been introduced.  Teachers no longer wrote their comments.  Instead they selected “inattentive” from a predefined list of behaviors to describe me.  Quite appropriate since I preferred to do all the talking and always tend to rush through my assignments. 

 As a result of not being able to manage my “potential limiters” my grades suffered as did the opportunities to attend many post-secondary institutions.  My mom, being a perfectionist, did not allow myself or my two brothers to fail.  She made sure all our homework was done on time and made sure we got through high school in one piece.  She even managed to get me accepted into St. Thomas, a small university in Fredericton, NB.  My grades at STU were however mediocre.   It was not because the curriculum was too difficult.  Rather it was the same inability to slow down, pay attention and listen. 

Knowing that behaviors are predictable begs the questions “What if the E-Colors had been around when I was in school?”  Had this been the case I am certain it would have given me the ability to manage my eagerness and overly social tendencies.  Just as importantly, the teachers would have had a better understanding of their students along with tools to help them address those adverse behaviors which prevent students from realizing their potential.

Danny Kellar (Y/B)
IT Solutions Manager
Equilibria Services

If you haven’t established your E-Colors yet please visit www.equilibria.com and complete your PDI– it’s free!

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If I knew then what I know now …


This evening I went for a walk in a beautiful little pueblo (village) called Albir, close to our home in Spain.

As I was walking down the pebbled beach I remembered an accident I had years ago in the 70′s, well before I knew anything about E-Colors, strengths, potential limiters, how I could get hurt, SWA, Personal Intervention etc.

In those days, on my time off from the rigs one of my hobbies was to help a friend of mine exercise his horses. He was an up and coming “Rejoneador” and most of his horses were very highly strung. For those of you who may not know, a Rejoneador is a person who basically does the same work as a matador (bullfighter) but on horseback.  The horses are extremely well trained and the equestrianism is a fine art.

In the winter we used to take the horses down to Albir for training and then go for long walks.

One of the horses I rode was always the more ‘frisky’ and so when there was a danger of rearing and bolting, my friend would keep himself and his horse between me and any way to bolt. This always worked well until one day we got OVER-CONFIDENT. My friend suggested we walk the horses across the pebbled beach and let the horses walk in the sea water, which would be good for the legs and fetlocks.

It was the middle of winter and I remember having a couple of sweaters and a jacket on, so for sure the sea water was going to be cold. Was there an opportunity to exercise SWA (Stop Work Authority) before allowing ourselves to get close to the water – yes, so why would we do that?

I don’t know if you can see it too clearly but the pebbles run right into the sea and there is actually about a four foot drop maybe 6 – 10 feet into the water. As we edged closer to the water walking side by side my friend put his horse on my outside so I was between him and his horse and the sea. All of a sudden my horse started to slip on the pebbled slope edging closer and closer to the sea. As my horse struggled to gain a footing (impossible on pebbles) the under-current of the sea caught him and before I knew what was happening we were both (horse and me) in the sea and I was under the horse!
As you can imagine the horse was panicking in very cold water, and still couldn’t get a foothold on the pebbles and there were legs and hooves flying in all directions.

Fortunately, neither of us sustained any permanent damage but as I was walking past the place where it happened today, over thirty five years later the memories came flooding back and I just got to thinking how many ‘tools and barriers’ I have today that would keep me from getting in that situation again.

As we have recently created E-CHP (E-Colors in Human Performance) in collaboration with FisherIT, www.e-chp.net, I now see other factors such as Performance Modes, Traps, Triggers or appropriate tools that could also have influenced a different set of actions and consequences.

Help me out please, what do you think — what could I do today knowing what we know, as opposed to what we knew then:
1. E-Colors (Yellow/Red)
2. Strengths
3. Potential Limiters
4. How I could get hurt?
5. What makes it difficult for me to exercise Stop Work Authority (SWA)?
6. Personal Intervention – Pause or Play and do what?
7. E-CHP – was there relevance in considering E-CHP principles?
8. Which “performance mode” was I in?
9. Which “triggers” were probably in motion?
10. Which “traps” do you think were prevalent?
11. Which “tools” would have been appropriate to use?

Thank you for your feedback.  You can leave your comments below.
Lewis Senior (Y/R)
Co-CEO & Senior Executive Coach

If you haven’t established your E-Colors yet please visit www.equilibria.com and complete your PDI– it’s free!

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Powerful Leadership Testimonies from the Greenville E-Colors Super Session

Recently the Equilibria team put together a cross-industry summit of leaders called the E-Colors and Personal Intervention Super Session in Greenville, North Carolina. The five day session not only introduced E-Colors to all the leaders present, but challenged them with the motto, Know You. Know Others. The leadership sessions ended by inviting each of the participants to share their experience and to dream about a society where the E-Colors were widely implemented.

Watch the following video with great excerpts from the powerful videos from the time in Greenville:

A few of the memorable quotes from the video:

We started with a vision and our number one goal was to know you, know yourself, and know others…” – Ron Harrell, CEO Leadership for Learning & Communication

This is ground zero for hope and change for people…” – Ben Slate, Professor at Texas Tech

This is the simplest, clearest, quickest method I have ever been exposed to, to improve relationships with people— whether they are the person that you serve or the person that you serve with…” – Marilee Kinahan, Tax Preparer

I’ve taken a lot of personality and charachter assessments, but during all those assessments no one has ever told me how to utilize those skills.” – Dwayne Beason Sr., Director Wounded Warrior Careers Program

Thank you for watching and we hope this inspires you to complete your PDI assessment and begin the process of knowing yourself and others better with E-Colors. 

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Have You Experienced Brain Drain?

According to the writers of Train Your Brain to Thrive, “In a healthy brain, cognitive decline occurs because we let it. Science is now showing that unhealthy habits and workplace culture are key culprits for unnecessary cognitive decline.”

multitasking brain drainThese common workplace-driven happenings are definite brain-drainers:

Cubicles – prevent focus and zap productivity

Unfocused Meetings & Unproductive Calls – they are a time drain and can interrupt individual workflow

Too Many People – involving others may look like consensus, but actually the project or decision could have been resolved with less people

Other brain-draining factors to consider, as put forward by the CenterforBrainHealth.org:

• Are you tethered to technology, for instance, your smartphone?

The need to respond instantly to every email, phone call, text or social media post, as quickly as possible, is rewiring our brains to be addicted to distraction.”

• Are you still convincing yourself that multitasking is productive?

“Our brain is not wired to do more than one task at a time. When you believe you are multitasking, your brain is actually switching quickly from one task to another.”

• Are you ever at a point at which you have information overload?

“Our brain is exposed to an unrelenting stream of information via various sources of technology and media as well as an overabundance of input from family and social responsibilities.”

Story by: Rosalinda Mercado-Garza (Y/R)

If you haven’t established your E-Colors yet please visit www.equilibria.com and complete your PDI– it’s free!

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Voices from the Rig – Meet Ezekiel and Andy

Equilibria coaches thrive on feedback they hear when they’re in the field. We sincerely believe honest conversations can lead to safer workplaces and build a culture of operational excellence. In this week’s blog, we’re sharing voices of Ezekiel and Andy, who tell of their experiences with E-Colors as crew members on offshore rigs.

“Safety First, Safety Last” – Ezekiel

I feel good about the E-Colors training that I received on my rig; it was a wonderful experience for me to understand my own behavior. I was not surprised by the result of the PDI (personality diversity indicator), as it depicted me as just the kind of person that I am. I am a thinker and a relater (G/B), and I see myself as a kind person who likes to listen to things that are positive for my well-being.

I also like to ask questions, when necessary, to get a clear understanding of what I need to know. I do not like to hurry unnecessarily, as there are associated safety implications. I like to think and to relate to people because no man is an island; we need each other to get things done in a positive manner. Safety first, safety last; I am so happy to be working for my drilling company!

- By Ezekiel Nimely 

“I now use the E-Colors as a useful tool on a daily basis.” -Andy

I was first introduced to the Equilibria E-Colors program back in 2005, when working as a roughneck in the North Sea. I recently retook the E-colors online assessment, and was interested to see that my E-Colors have remained the same. I now use the E-Colors as a useful tool on a daily basis.  Not only do my E-Colors help me to realize my strengths, but also highlight my potential limiters. When dealing with other people, I can now identify and relate to the E-Colors on the hard hat of the person I am talking to.

In general, when offshore, I see a much more positive attitude towards the E-Colors than I did nearly a decade ago. The Equilibria coaches onboard are very motivated and enthusiastic, and bring out the best in people. If you take the time to believe in the E-Colors for what they are, you will benefit by understanding yourself and the people around you more.

- By Andy Robins 

Thanks for reading about E-Colors and the impact they’re having on people around the world!

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E-Colors Help Integrate New Crew Members

Since December 2013, Equilibria coaches have been on board the rig where I serve, coaching and assisting expat crews. This support has been invaluable, as recently over 150 new Chinese crew members joined the vessel in Korea on rotation. The new addition of so many crew members proved challenging, as they were not only new to the vessel, but also to the company.

The biggest challenge has been breaking down personal barriers, because with so many new faces, company supervisors didn’t yet know the people working on their teams well. This has really been a situation which has allows the E-Colors program to shine. Supervisors working with new people and personalities used E-Colors to help them communicate with new crew members, expediting the length of time normally needed to get to know everyone.

As a result of that time, the E-Colors have shown me that an understanding of each other’s personalities and personal strengths enhances communications between all crew members, and can only lead to better performance. I personally have learned about all the E-Color combinations, and how different combinations can help in certain scenarios. I have learned that knowledge of the E-Colors can add value to toolbox talks, and can make a huge difference in planning and executing tasks.

I am grateful to have worked alongside many of the Equilibria coaches. I have found all of them to be very motivated with a great passion for developing others. They are always looking at different ways to assist onsite supervisors in developing their personnel. I personally think they have done a fantastic job on this rig, and I know they have left a lasting legacy.

Story by: Neil “Puds” Gooding (Y/B)

If you haven’t established your E-Colors yet please visit www.equilibria.com and complete your PDI– it’s free!

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Learning to Coach People NOT Techniques

As someone who has coached sports for all of his adult life, I have learnt a lot about different methods and techniques, systems and styles. I have read books by famous coaches, and attended clinics run by sporting legends. I have tried to bring everything I have learned to the field, and to make sure my players are ready for game day.

“I wanted to give them more but I didn’t know how.”

I have always been heavy on the fundamentals and development. However, a few years back I started to realize that something was missing. Yes, the athletes knew how to play the game I had coached them in, but I felt I there was more to give. I spent more time with them than I did with my own family, yet it felt like I hardly knew them. I wanted to give them more but I didn’t know how. I wanted them to understand me and my methodology, but I didn’t know how to explain myself.

That all changed when I was introduced to the E-Colors. Before learning about the E-Colors, our training sessions were poor. I decided to call a team meeting and work out what was going wrong, because on paper we were ticking all the boxes, but there was no spark, no chemistry. This was best summed up at the team meeting when someone stood up and said, “Well, we’re not having fun.”

My E-Colors are Green/Red, so my first reaction was to think fun comes once we complete our goals and do well in a game. However, once I had considered the differing E-Colors traits and characteristics, I realized that I was fulfilling all my needs, but had not considered anyone else’s. Yes, we were getting the work done, but at what cost?

“…of the thousands of coaching methods and techniques, none of them are any use if you don’t know how to communicate them to your players…”

I needed to change things. I realized that of the thousands of coaching methods and techniques, none of them are of any use if you don’t know how to communicate them to your players in the way which best suits them. This is important because at the end of the day, they are the ones on the field, not the coach.

That’s when the power of E-Colors in sport hit me, and inspired me to develop E-Colors in Sport. There are many coaching books out there, but as coaches we need to learn to coach people as well as we do the plays.

Story by: Ben McMahon (G/R)

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Enterprising Seven Year Old Makes E-Colors Accessories

I’m very proud of my daughter, and there’s no doubt she has inherited and absorbed many of my character traits. She’s competitive, has a short attention span for details, and will always try to negotiate to get what she wants, even from her teachers! She has more than a few hobbies, including swimming, taekwondo, and the violin, which she said she chose just to irritate her mother and me.

However, my seven year old’s latest pastime is creating rainbow looms. Making rainbow looms is a fun, craft activity in which kids sew together rubber bands of all types. When they are finished, the looms become funky, multicolored jewelry: rings, necklaces, bracelets and so on. Like the other kids her age, she is excited by being able to express herself this way, and recently decided she would create E-Colors accessories for my co-workers and me.

She said, “Daddy, since your E-Colors are Yellow/Red, I’ll make you a Yellow/Red ring to wear.

Then later she asked, “What’s Uncle Danny’s E-Colors?”

Yellow/Blue,” I said, so she made him a Yellow/Blue keychain for his birthday.

Little did I know, she was just getting started. Later she informed me she could make more E-Colors inspired items, but it would cost me. Her business plan is to sell them at $2 for a ring, $3 for a keychain, and $5 for a wristband.

Today, I got my new Yellow/Red wristband which my daughter made with her new, bigger loom. This must’ve been a free sample as she never mentioned the $5 :-) . I’m thankful she’s given me an extra special way to for me to be cognizant of my E-Colors, and it serves as a flashy reminder to others how best to communicate with me.

Now spread the word; I’m taking orders!

Story by: Dean Masters (Y/R)

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Victor Discovers His True Personality Traits

I am a Liberian living in a place called Congo Town, Liberia. I work as a roustabout and although my job requires a variety of skills, I was surprised to learn my team needed everyone to take a personality assessment. I was shocked again to find after taking the PDI, that the assessment described me exactly as I am.

How could this be?” I thought.

Before undergoing Equilibria’s personality assessment, I admittedly did not know much about my personality, but my experience with Equilibria has changed that.  Now I can tell everybody who I am; I can boldly tell you my qualities and characteristics, and my potential limiters.  I also know how I can get hurt when performing my job, or how I might disrupt teamwork.  I have truly changed my behavior when responding to my co-workers, relying on what I know about their E-Colors to decide how best to communicate with them. The E-Colors highlight the diversity of thought within a group; working with people and knowing their E-Colors makes the work easier, because you understand who you are dealing with.

This is true not only in the workplace, but also in all other areas of everyday life. My fiancée read the list of qualities and characteristics associated with my E-Colors, and said “That is exactly how you behave.  How did you find this out?

I answered her by saying, “It’s simple. Go to the Equilibria website, and do the E-Colors Personal Diversity Indicator assessment (PDI), then we will know your E-Colors combination too.

My fiancée and I used to quarrel regularly; it turns out her Green/Blue personality traits, are quite different from my Yellow/Green characteristics. Now things have improved and are much smoother between us, because we know each other’s E-Colors, and understand each other’s personality better.

I want to encourage everyone to read about the E-Colors, and to take an E-Colors assessment, because knowledge of the E-Colors gives people from diverse backgrounds the ability to understand each other. I hope my story shows you that the E-Colors not only help people to understand each other at work, but they also enable family, friends and relatives to understand each other better.

Story by: Victor Barry Sayon (Y/G)

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WATCH: The E-Colors Story Shared via Global Classroom

Recently Equilibria Co-CEO, Lewis Senior, had the privilege of sharing his knowledge of the E-Colors at East Carolina University (ECU). ECU in Greenville, North Carolina, boasts a global classroom capable of broadcasting interactive learning programming to students around the world.

Equilibria is excited to be featured on this platform, and to be able to use the opportunity to share E-Colors, Personal Intervention, and the Equilibria story with a worldwide audience. The message, “E-Colors …a Better Way to Communicate,” was broadcast live on Monday, June 9th, 2014. However, the video of the event has been made available at the link below for anyone to watch.

Click Here to Watch the Full Version of Lewis’s Message

Note: If needed, use the controls at the bottom of the screen to toggle the video playback. Lewis begins speaking near the 26 minute mark and ends by taking several questions from both people present at the lecture, and those listening around the world. 

The purpose of the video is to let more people know about the efforts Equilibria is undertaking to make workplaces and schools, safer and more efficient. Using our communication skills, including tools such as the E-Colors, each of us can make ourselves better understood, while better understanding others.

After the experience Lewis remarked thankfully, “From the emails that have poured in from across the globe this afternoon, it sounded like it was well received; your comments are most welcome.”

In addition to the broadcast, you can click here to read more of Lewis’ great story, including his biggest ‘Aha! moments’.

Thank you all for watching and sharing. Special thanks to hosts Dr. DeLeo and Ron Harrell. You’re welcome to leave a comment below. 

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