Daksha Patel 
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"As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people” - Joseph B. Wirthlin 
Know Yourself 
How well do you know yourself? Self-awareness helps you to identify your strengths, how you work best, communicate, influence and respond to different situations. 
 
We are all different. By understanding the characteristics that make us all unique, we can play to our core strengths and develop our limitations. This way we work better together both in our workplace and personal lives. 
 
I have come across and completed many personality assessment tools used to identify core skills, strengths, behaviours and traits throughout my working career. 
 
 
Driving Core Motives 
The one tool that I like to use when working with clients is the Colour Code Personality Assessment tool developed by Dr. Taylor Hartman which enables you to understand why you do what you do, which is motive-based. 
 
The tool uses 4 colours -Red, Blue, White and Yellow. The key point to remember is what MOTIVATES each of the Colours. In other words, what is the driving force behind the way that you think, behave, and feel. This is called the “Driving Core Motive” or “DCM” for short. Here is a list of the DCMs by Colour Code: 
 
Reds are motivated by Power 
Blues are motivated by Intimacy 
Whites are motivated by Peace 
Yellows are motivated by Fun 
 
There is no Colour that is better or worse than any other Colour. Every Colour has its strengths and limitations and there is no right or wrong Colour combination in a relationship. 
 
The key is understanding what makes you tick and what motivates you to do what you do. With this understanding you can communicate, influence, inspire and connect more effectively. 
 
It’s also important to remember that just because you maybe a Blue, it doesn’t mean you like the colour Blue. The Colours are used simply to describe the core driving motives. 
 
What Do the Colours Mean? 
 
Reds (Motive: POWER) 
Reds are motivated by POWER. It is true that Reds like to be in control of their circumstances and are attracted to leadership opportunities, however the word ‘Power’ generally means getting from point A to B as quickly, productively and efficiently as possible. 
 
Reds are generally confident, proactive, and visionary, but can also be arrogant, selfish, and insensitive. When you deal with reds be precise, factual, direct, AND show no fear! 
 
Blues (Motive: INTIMACY) 
Blues are motivated by INTIMACY. They seek to genuinely connect with others, and need to be understood and appreciated. Everything they do is quality-based. 
 
Blues are dependable, thoughtful, and analytical, but can also be self-righteous, worry-prone, and moody. When you deal with blues be sincere and make a genuine effort to understand and appreciate them. 
 
Whites (Motive: PEACE) 
Whites are motivated by PEACE. They seek independence and require kindness. They resist confrontation at all costs. To them, feeling good is more important than being good. To a White, Peace is all about inner harmony and balance. 
 
Whites are even-tempered, diplomatic, and the voice of reason, but can also be indecisive, unexpressive, and silently stubborn. When you deal with whites be kind, accept and support their individuality, and look for non-verbal clues to understand their feelings. 
 
Yellows (Motive: FUN) 
Yellows are motivated by FUN. They are inviting and embrace life as a party that they're hosting. They love playful interaction and can be extremely sociable. They are highly persuasive and seek instant gratification. 
 
Yellows are charismatic, spontaneous, and positive, but can also be irresponsible, undisciplined, and forgetful. When you deal with yellows take a positive, upbeat approach and promote light-hearted, creative, and fun interactions. 
 
When you consider the four Driving Core Motives of Power, Intimacy, Peace, and Fun, please remember that none of these motives are positive or negative. All the DCMs are neutral, however how you apply them in your life is what makes them positive or negative. 
 
Top Tip: 
It’s important to remember that all personality assessment tools are just a predictive framework which provides a baseline of information of your thoughts, behaviours and patterns that come naturally to you. The key is to become more rounded in your character. 
 
Character is essentially anything you learn to do, think, act and feel which is outside of your comfort zone. Character is reflected in the in changes you make in order to become the greatest expression of yourself. You can take a free colour code personality test by clicking on the link below: 
 
 
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Over to You 
I would love to hear whether you took the free test and what your Driving Core Motive is. Please share any insights. Leave a comment below. 
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