E-Colors in Sports says #screwthetaboo – Part II

In keeping with Equilibria’s best practice of documenting our journeys, Ian Collin’s has prepared Part II of his Mt. Kilimanjaro report.  Please join me in congratulating Ian and his awesome group of friends for all their time and efforts in raising awareness for the #screwthetaboo campaign.

Did We Meet Our Objectives?
Yes. The team successfully reached Uhuru Peak at 6:45am on Sunday 21st December. What started out as a team of individuals had developed by the end into a cohesive unit, walking the final excruciating steps to the peak arm-in-arm, willing and supporting one another onto the end. Each individual and the team as a whole fully realised their potential, and in the process raised over $20,000 for the #screwthetaboo campaign and affiliated charities.

What Went Well?
• We achieved our goal of reaching the Peak and did so as a team. The sense of support and camaraderie was phenomenal.

• A multitude of E-Colors conversations along the way, particularly around managing potential limiters and Personal Intervention as altitude and fatigue seems to bring out behavioral tendencies in a big way.

• We raised over $20,000 for the #screwthetaboo campaign.

How Could it Have Gone Even Better?
• Two of our support team got altitude sickness and had to turn around on Day 4, even though they’ve made the climb 10+ times.
• One of our team suffered badly from altitude sickness, possibly due to a lack of water on the first day, and battled from Day 2 onwards. He managed to reach the summit thanks to the support from the team and guides.
• The team suffered a few knee injuries which became particularly painful on the descent.

Lessons Learned
• Altitude, lack of oxygen, physical, mental and emotional exhaustion bring out our behavioral tendencies. It is so critical at these times that we are strong and adept at using Personal Intervention and choosing an appropriate response rather than reacting to events.

• The human body shuts down before the mind does and can be willed to go further than it knows is possible. Each of us had times when we wanted to quit, yet we found something deep within and in the support of the team. Like Sir Edmund Hillary said, ”It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
• We had a mix of E-Colors in the team, and understanding the dynamics and needs of the different personalities helped us work together and become an effective unit. Being aware of the different communication styles and different need for information for each member helped us to gel quickly and work together to accomplish our goal.
• Everyone has some of each of the different E-Colors within them. There were times when we all particularly had to draw on our Blue energy and play the role of supporter. For some, this came more naturally than others, but most importantly we all had it within us.
• The context is so decisive. “… people don’t have one permanent thing called character. We each have a multiplicity of tendencies inside, which are activated by this or that context.” Brooks, David. “Where The Wild Things Are” column in The New York Times, 20 October 2009, p. A27. Being present to and remembering why we were doing the climb, to raise money and awareness for #screwthetaboo and changing the way people talk about suicide, helped shift the context of how things were occurring for us and helped us overcome the physical and mental exhaustion.

Excerpt from one of the team:
I have never seen a more beautiful sight in my entire life. The sun rising above the clouds that sit thousands of feet below us, all light and fluffy blanketing the earth like cotton wool. Orange and red stretching out as far as the eye can see spanning across the curvature of the planet, words cannot begin to describe such beauty that transcends all I have ever known and you can’t help but feel humbled by its enormity. As I look over my right shoulder I can see the shadow this great mountain casts rising above the horizon. I never would have believed that anything could cast a shadow above the horizon. Arm in arm, in front and behind me, eight brave souls will each other forward, half step after grueling half step. It takes minutes just to walk a handful of meters and its about 12 degrees below freezing. Beginning our summit attempt at midnight it has taken everyone of us to find something deep inside of us we never knew we had, every drop of physical endurance, mental strength and emotional capacity just to keep moving in the direction of our goal.

Roles would often switch, someone only minutes before who could not go on a step more would soon become the shoulder that another depended on. We had battled through headaches, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, sleep and oxygen depravation and overwhelmed by our emotions. At almost 6000m above sea level the human body doesn’t cope well with the lack of oxygen and without our incredible team of guides and each other none of us could have made it even this far. At 6.45am we reach our goal, the summit of the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Just a short few minutes for contemplation, celebration and photos before beginning our rapid descent. I couldn’t contain my emotions any longer and cried almost the whole way down. My body just needed to express the gravity of my experience. Just like life, the mountain is tough and will bring you to your knees. None of us can do it without the strength and support of those around us. Quite symbolic considering the reason we decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in the first place, to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of suicide, the highest cause of death of Australians under 44.

- Tim Guest, Founder #screwthetaboo

Action Items
Align with #screwthetaboo and inquire into how the E-Colors and Personal Intervention could be used to assist in talking about and preventing suicide. 

 

 

 

 

 

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E-Colors in Sports says #screwthetaboo

Ian Collins is one of Equilibria’s most dynamic Coaches whose E-Colors are Blue/Red.  He recently participated in a major endeavor to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for a very serious matter effecting people around the world.  Please welcome Equilibria in congratulating Ian and his entire team.

WHAT was the Objective?
Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. Our objective was to hike Mt Kilimanjaro as part of the #screwthetaboo campaign, while using the E-Colors principles to understand the team dynamics and put in place measures to ensure that both the individuals and the team collectively realize their full potential.

WHY Did We Do It?
#screwthetaboo is an organisation that was founded to empower the community of people who are committed to changing the way we talk about suicide.

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.  Men account for three out of every four deaths by suicide. Deaths by suicide have reached a 10-year peak.  The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) reports deaths due to suicide at 2,535.  This equates to almost seven deaths by suicide in Australia each day.

For every completed suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt. That’s around 200 attempts per day. That’s more than one new attempt in Australia every 10 minutes.  It is estimated that around 250 people make a suicide plan every day. It is estimated that around 1,000 people think about suicide every day.

We all have a role to play in suicide prevention and we can start just by talking about it.  Please visit https://www.facebook.com/suicidepreventioncampaign for more information.

WHO Are We?
A team of 8 individuals (7 from Perth, myself from Cape Town) who have been affected by suicide and/or are committed to impacting it as part of the #screwthetaboo campaign, and an even more amazing team of local guides & porters.

HOW We Did It
Starting our climb on the 17th December, we spent four solid days climbing high and sleeping low through a multitude of different environments and climate zones. What started as intense heat, humidity and rain, quickly turned into hail, snow and freezing temperatures. As altitude increased, the pace became slower and slower as we attempted to adapt. As the guides kept reminding us ‘Pole, Pole’ which means ‘go slowly.’

The summit push commenced at midnight on Day 5 and, after almost 7 hours of grueling step after step, we reached Uhuru Peak to watch the sunrise over the Serengeti from the Roof of Africa.

 

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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

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If I knew then what I know now …

Hi,

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

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How is Team Work Disrupted for You?

They say in coaching if you learn something about yourself, you had an good coaching experience.  Well I had an amazing coaching experience I wanted to share with my fellow coaches and friends.

I had been working on site when I observed as a crew member, who I had gotten to know somewhat, become frustrated and upset. I never would have predicted the upset Blue/Yellow crew member would be the person most frustrated in the situation. I took the obvious coaching opportunity to discuss his reaction with him.

We discussed what happened and how he felt.  He related to the Blue/Yellow section of the IFO Pocketbook concerning How is Teamwork Disrupted for Me, especially the notes which read:

– Others not doing their work.
– Others not showing accountability.

Until that moment, I have always viewed the section of the coaching book on teamwork as more of personal preferences on teamwork. But that was the first time for me to witness someone who exhibited such a strong reaction to this part of the E-Colors profile and I began to understand more deeply they were personality characteristics which could lead to people getting frustrated and upset.

The encounter made me think about a recent email from another coach, Steve McGrath, who shared about his personality when it comes to driving. He said people often familiarized his behavior when driving with a more adamant persona, instead of a his Blue/Yellow E-Colors. After my latest coaching experience, I began to understand his driving behavior may also relate to How Teamwork Disrupted for Me if other drivers had not for instance been showing accountability, not paying attention, driving under the influence, etc.

In his email Steve wrote, “For me it comes back to the bigger picture. Do I want to be at risk in traffic? No is the answer. So although I may display more aggressive behavior, my motivation is all true to those characteristics.”

Steve’s email and this coaching experience gave me greater insight on how people can become agitated in the workplace. From now on I’ll certainly focus more on how teamwork is disrupted for me and people of other E-Colors combinations.

Do you know how teamwork is disrupted for YOU

Article byJames Herbert (G/Y)

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Switch Off Auto Pilot Anywhere with 360 Degrees of Safety

In our recent DIFO (Deliberate Incident Free Operations) meeting we struck upon an idea that is super easy.

It’s a 3 second activity that people can use anywhere they are to assess the safety of the area around them.

While sharing some of the incidents that occurred in the field we all noted auto pilot often takes over when doing tasks on the job.

During this time people become oblivious to their surroundings.  Thus, in an effort to bring us back to conscious awareness the team came up with what they’ve termed ‘a three-sixty.’

If everyone took 3 seconds to stop, look up, down and all around (360 degrees) to note what could possibly affect their safety or the safety of others, many incidents could be avoided; a rock that could cause someone to trip, a loose piece of clothing, grease on a tool that could cause it to slip, etc.

The brainstorming continued and team members suggested doing a whistle blow and yelling, “ 360!” so everyone would do a personal Stop Work Authority (SWA) and check their space.

The simplicity of the idea is having a powerful impact already. Crews have found it fast, easy and effective and most significantly, it’s a three second activity that works in any environment.

For example, recently as I was spending time with my family and the 360 degrees of safety kept popping into my head as I prepared food for friends and family.

Quick 360’ — oops, a knife too close to the edge of the kitchen counter that could be reached by little hands, a drawer inadvertently left open, and is that cranberry sauce on the floor?!

So I am grateful to our DIFO team for such a quick and easy safety activity that I can use anywhere!

Article By: Janet Wren (Yellow/Green)

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Danger! Turn this Rig Around!

My first Equilibria E-Colors experience happened around 2008. At the time, I had just taken on a new role as the Night Safety Advisor. The company had created this new role due to it’s poor safety record and wanted extra support in this department.

Our safety record was so dismal, the Government Regulator was threatening to kick us out of the country if things didn’t improve dramatically.

We had been in operation for about one year and had not gone longer than 23 days without a recordable incident.

People were getting hurt on our rig. Efficiency was down, morale was down, and if we continued down the path we were on, someone was going to get killed. 

This was the first point Equilibria coaches made to the crew.

Were we willing to let that happen to one of our team mates?

As each of the crew members contemplated the grim possibility of losing a team member, something magical happened.

The Derrickman stood up and declared ‘I am not willing to let this happen on my rig!’, and he was right.

One by one, we all stood up and declared we were drawing a line in the sand and turning this rig around.

To do so, we needed to confront our beliefs and attitudes. With help from the Equilibria coaches, we determined that fundamentally, there existed a belief onboard the rig that the oilfield was a dangerous place, and that incidents were part and parcel with what we do. This affected our attitude towards work and had us take actions consistent with those beliefs, taking short-cuts and exposing ourselves to risk.

Until we confront our predictable future and its underlying beliefs and attitudes, we will continue to get the same results we have always gotten. Following Equilibria’s first visit to our rig, they introduced the E-Colors and I got to see the predictable nature of human behaviour. Until we become aware of these predictable tendencies, we tend to act by default based on our personality in a completely predictable manner.

The coaches shared their work on a rig in Nigeria, not too dissimilar to our own, where somebody had been killed. After shifting their beliefs, they operated successfully for a number of years without incident and there was no reason we could not do the same.

Armed with the knowledge that safety was possible, we were inspired to change. Later we became one of the safest, most efficient operations off the coast of Western Australia. I worked on the rig for a number of years following the first visit from the Equilibria coaches and I’m happy to say we NEVER lost a crew member!

E-Colors helped us realize that each of have a set of predictable behaviors. These tendencies in themselves are not bad. In fact, mine have produced some outstanding results in my life. However, without awareness, they are the only way I know to get results. The ability to tap into behaviors I may not naturally be inclined to choose, means I now have a choices and control over how I behave. I can choose to keep doing what I have always been doing based on my tendencies, or like the rig I was on, can choose a different path and ultimately get different results.

That is the beauty and the power of the E-Colors!

Article By: Ian Collins (Blue/Red)

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E-Colors at Home? Yes Please!

E-Colors have made a big difference in my life, especially in my relationship with my daughter.

She learned each of the personality types during her freshman year in high school. At that time she was your typical American teenager who had difficulty communicating and interacting with others.

Her E-Colors report revealed that my daughter was a Green/Blue/Yellow/Red personality and she studied the other personality types in our household.

When she discovered how different many of our personalities characteristics were, she was able to identify the primary source of frustration when interacting with her parents or siblings.

This revelation caused her to be more understanding of us and strengthened all of the relationships in our family.

Outside of our house, we saw our daughter’s relationships with her friends and teachers also improve.

Not only was she more tolerant of others, but she began to appreciate herself more.

Since then she has become a more positive, balanced person and an effective daughter, sister, wife and mother.

Article by: Cort Dial (Blue/Yellow)

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Humbled and Loving It!

When I retired from the Pharmaceutical Industry I decided to place my efforts in helping people develop their careers.

I felt that the positive results in my career were in large part due to the efforts of a mentor I had at Fairfield University who “coerced” me into developing a career plan before I accepted my first job offer.

Being a Yellow/Green I thought I could simply tell people the importance of having a career plan and provide a system for them to develop on their own. I assumed people would jump at the opportunity, the same way I had.

However, there were MANY people who didn’t react the way I had.

I was becoming frustrated with people’s responses when my friend Matt Gell told me about Equilibria. I went to the site and did my PDI, got to know my E-Colors and had my A-HA moment. It was so simple. It just has to do with how each brain is wired differently.

I immediately got all worked up with the implications and trying to look back at different people throughout my career to understand their behavior better. 

A-HA, A-HA A-HA! It fit!

A Red/Green Country Manager, a Green/Blue Medical Director, a Blue/Yellow Sales Director. Now I could understand them better. It all made perfect sense.

So I joined Equilibria and studied to prepare myself for an E-Colors introductory program.

I thought I was ready to rock.

But when we sat people by their E-Colors, I saw all I had not noticed in thirty years of work and I was extremely humbled.

At each new interaction E-Colors were shouting, “This is why I behave the way I do.” And each time I was humbled more.

It is incredible how fast and effectively E-Colors can change behaviors and relationships, improving interactions and showing each individual person how they can hurt themselves or allow other people to be hurt.

I strongly believe understanding the insight E-Colors provides early on can make your career more successful. My advice is to take the PDI and have your co-workers do the same!

Article By: Carlos Gasparian (Yellow/Green)

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Can You Believe This Guy?!

5 years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to coach onboard an offshore drilling installation.  This rig visit was a beautiful example of E-Colors in action.

Coach X and myself were creating a PowerPoint presentation to deliver for the crew’s weekly safety meeting early one morning, when the familiar voice rang out, “You’ve Got Mail.”

His attention was quickly drawn to his personal email when he suddenly began giggling.  After a few moments he burst into full laughter and I peered over in his direction to see tears begin to trickle down his cheeks.  He quickly pulled me over to his laptop screen to show me a cartoon one of his dear friends had forwarded on to him.

After he calmed himself and we returned to the presentation development, he then received another email, this time to his work account.  His reaction to this message was very different. He paused a moment and spun his computer towards me saying,  “Can you believe this guy?!”

Here is what the email said:

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Coach X,

Can you send me the latest file?

Regards,

YZ
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The email was immediately placed in the bottom of his inbox.  We continued to work, consistently referring to the rude individual who sent the email.

He continued, “I haven’t spoken to this person in weeks and he doesn’t even greet me warmly.”

Would you be surprised to know Coach X is a Yellow/Blue?

It’s amazing the influence our personalities have on behaviors.

The knowledge E-Colors provides about how to navigate the varied personalities we meet in the workplace can’t be overestimated, even between coaches!

Article By: Jason Waugh

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