The RGB Way with CapacityWare
2007 Issue 08 - August 28, 2007
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ARTICLE - BEING A JUDGE - THE RGB WAY!
UPCOMING EVENTS - REGISTER NOW
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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BEING A JUDGE - THE RGB WAY! by Joe Lacroix
I've just completed my fifth year as one of the judges of the Best
Places to Work in Hampton Roads contest, sponsored annually by INSIDE
BUSINESS. I enjoy the role and have the opportunity to learn from
every application that makes it into the top 25. Normally, there
are five of us on the judging panel. One of my learnings this last
year was the revelation that every applicant has already been judged
but may not think about it in these terms - they've been judged
by their workforce. The best workers seek out the best
organizations! The best organizations attract the best workers. It
seems to be just about that simple. So what does this have to do
with the RGB? Plenty, I think. Here's how.
It has amazed us for decades that the RGB is intuitive. Once we put
a label on the thinking patterns and behaviors that result, it is
clear to most workshop participants that, even without the labels,
people understand the reality of these predispositions. When we
make the giant leap to a composite organizational profile the light
bulbs begin to burn a bit brighter - it takes all three color
tendencies to create a balanced composite of the ideal capacity
organization. Ideal capacity meaning the ability to find and fix
problems with viable solutions. The next domino to fall is
as simple as those preceding it - Reds often find and fix
Red-oriented problems while Blues often find and fix Blue-oriented
problems. Greens often find and fix the Green-oriented problems.
Although this is not universal, it seems common practice. To the
contrary, a Red may find the Blue problem, but not be the one to
create a good Blue fix for it. It's the team effort again.
So, when the best employees are looking for the most attractive
organization, are the Red dominants looking for the Red dominant
organization? Perhaps, but it seems more likely that they are
looking for an organization culture that is balanced because they
intuitively know that a balanced organization will do more than just
survive, it will thrive. Although we don't likely think of
attractiveness in RGB terms consciously, I think there is an
unconscious pattern we look for, nonetheless. We look for the
human side that lets us know we'll be treated well(GREEN), we look
for the vision (BLUE), and we surely want to know about the
stability of getting paid (RED).
Judging happens as we interact with people. There's no getting
away from it.
To read the INSIDE BUSINESS companion article, go to:
( http://www.ltodi.com/ib_2007_07.pdf )
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - CWPIN BOARD MEETING - AUGUST 10, 2007
The Board devoted a full meeting to the development of a tri-fold
marketing brochure that can be used by anyone to introduce the
CapacityWare(TM) Practitioners International Network (CWPIN) to
potential users. Copies available soon.
HAMPTON, VA - LEADERSHIP TRANSITION - PART II - AUGUST 3, 2007
The organization transition model is used to shift a workforce from
one culture (or cultures) to another of participant design. We
played ROCKS at the outset to dramatically illustrate the need
and the potential mechanics of the change effort. Our outcomes were
CLARITY and UNITY. The overall score returned a 7.8.
TRACE Success Consultants - RGB WORKSHOP - AUGUST 14, 2007
QWLC provided the opening segment with a slightly modified RGB
session to provided fun, team building, and insightful dialog for
the day-long session with a TRACE client. The remainder of the day
was connected to the RGB in many ways that made the patterns more
concrete and useful. RGB is a great theme setter. TRACE made our
portion of the program easy, and to them we extend a grateful
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - RESIDENCY PHASE I, FACILITATION TEAMS -
SEPTEMBER 25 - 27, 2007.
There are lots of courses that teach group facilitation. Most
courses have a concentration on group dynamics. The QWLC three-day
Facilitation Teams course is NOT a typical facilitation curriculum.
Only part of the learning is directed at the group/people being
facilitated. Of equal or greater importance is the focus on the
efforts of the team that provide facilitation services and the
interactive support they accrue by using a highly developed
capacity recovery and development Technology and Software. This
course treats Change Management in its broadest possible context.
For more information about the three-day course, go to:
( http://www.ltodi.com/Certification-PDF.pdf )
NOTICE - NOTICE - NOTICE - NOTICE - NOTICE - NOTICE - NOTICE
It has been our custom to send an invitation to potential Residency
participants separate from The RGB Way! announcement. Effective
with this issue we will be discontinuing that practice. This course
announcement is the only invitation to be extended for this course.
Registration must be completed/confirmed two weeks prior to the
course beginning date. Those interested in attending may register
for the course using the link below:
( http://www.ltodi.com/Event_Registration_Form.htm )
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PROVIDE REPEAT PARTICIPANTS WITH A TRANSCRIPT.
One of the handy features of CapacityWare(TM) Software is the
ability to better manage event participation by providing
participants with a transcript of their attendance
(and non-attendance) at events to which they were invited. The
transcript can be produced for the individual, or for an entire
organization. If event participation is a decision-making point
for any other eligibility, it is best to verify the attendance with
the transcript so that participants have the opportunity to audit
an official record before decisions concerning their future are
made. Access the transcript feature through the "Reports"
pull-down on the Main Menu screen.
GOING BEHIND THE SCENES.
As an aid to learning the subtle features of the time-tested RGB
Way! of doing things, we'll be producing several short DVD features
that have to do with behind the scenes issues. Why do we use the
"FAN" table arrangement? Why do we "BREAK" the chart borders? Why
do we "RECORD" simultaneously with dialog? Why do we ... ?
RESIDENCY OPTIONS EXPANDED.
At a recent Board Meeting we were struggling with the connectivity
between the Facilitation Teams course and the RGB Residency.
Additional Residency programs have always been in the offing: for
CAPACITYWARE(TM) ADMINISTRATOR, and for OD MANAGERS. One of our
Board Members, Donna Speller Turner, suggested that the Facilitation
Teams course be relabeled "Residency II" and that the RGB Residency
be relabeled "Residency II." This places most of the education
mission offerings in a residency context. Materials have been
rewritten to accommodate these changes.
( http://www.ltodi.com/Certification-PDF.pdf )
<<<<FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS>>>>>
WHY MIGHT RGB PROFILES ON THE SAME INDIVIDUAL COME OUT DIFFERENTLY?
There are several reasons that have to do with context. The RGB is
primarily a workstyle preference inventory. If the inventory is
completed with a context that varies from time to time, the results
will reflect the variation. Here's our latest learning about this
We added an excecise between playing SPOONS and the basic RGB
lecturette in the two-hour RGB Workshop design. It enables people
to complete a VERY informal worksheet that might be used to validate
the RGB Inventory results. Many times the results are almost
identical. But there are instances where the results vary
considerably. The difference emerges as a result of the context, we
believe. But here's the unexpected learning we believe to be true.
The new SPOONS worksheet asks participants to complete items
based on the game they just played. When the differences surfaced,
the SPOONS worksheet almost universally reflected a greater RGB
Profile balance. We think this may be the missing link between
having more fun in the workplace and being able to provide an
employer with more diversity of thought and behavior, and thereby
offer greater problem solving capacity. This revelation adds
potential depth to the quest for workplace balance between fun and
demanding job requirements.
DONNA SPELLER TURNER
Donna began her certification with QWLC in the mid-1990's with our
five-day Cultural Facilitation course and has just completed the
RGB Residency. Donna is a member of the CWPIN Board of Directors.
Her company is Advantage Business Strategies, Inc., where she
specializes in designing creative strategies for high performance
and sustained growth for her clients. Donna's former career as a
Federal employee has included Hawaii, Alaska and culminated in
AS A RESIDENCY GRADUATE, WHICH BLOCK OF TECHNOLOGY DO YOU USE MOST
_ 10-STAGE CHANGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
( http://www.qualityofworklife.com/monthly_survey.htm )
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