What is in this article?:
How a personality-type tool called the PACE Color Palette can help you better understand how your colleagues (and bosses) think and perceive the world. Four CME professionals explored the PACE system at a recent ACEHP Leadership Institute, and are finding it a great resource for building stronger CME teams at their offices.
Better than the Yellow Pages: Beth Brillinger, CCMEP
If you need something organized, a problem solved, or a challenge conquered, I am the one to turn to. I love to get things done, to check them off my list. If I do something that is not on my list, I like to write it on my list just for the pleasure of being able to cross it off. I am very good at taking on a new task that no one else around me has ever done. I love to research the rules and processes for similar tasks in order to develop the outline and process for a new one. Once I “build the car,” I feel a huge sense of achievement. Often though, I am ready to hand the “car” over to someone else to drive so that I can find a new problem to solve or new car to build.
I am confused by lofty strategy discussions that weave a complicated theory without an end in sight. I like to get to the point and get it done. I respect competency and structure and often become impatient if I think that someone else is not being productive or not “following the process.” I appreciate when my colleagues use the correct vernacular and are aware of the rules of my profession. When I realize that a mistake has been made, I am less interested in punishment than in finding a solution or process so that the mistake does not happen again.
I will often forget about the more warm and fuzzy elements of human communication and I need to remind myself to ask how someone is doing today—and then I also have to remember to listen to the answer! I am a loyal friend and colleague and I appreciate respect from and for others. I feel that respect is earned and I thrive on the recognition of my successes.
The PACE Color Palette presented and confirmed some previously learned ideas about how best to work with my colleagues who have different joys and stressors, different perceptions, and different perspectives on a situation. It helps me to understand how others may approach or react to a situation. What I have learned allows me to find the best, most productive way to get the job done, and as a Yellow, that is one of my greatest joys!