more confidence to deal with people and built more relationships. Q4. What types of developmental experiences do you think would be especially valuable for introverted leaders?
If you were to walk around one of Transocean Sedco Forex’s oilrigs off the NewOrleans coast, you’d see something that might puzzle you. Most of the workershave three stickers on their hard hats. One says, “Start to understand me”. Theother two are colored dots. What’s this all about? The colored dots are there totell co-workers about the personality under the hat. The company believes thatworkers are better able to understand each other & get along if they know thepersonalities of the people with whom they work.Transocean has hired an outside consulting firm to provide personalityassessment to its 8,300 workers worldwide. For instance, employees arepresented with 28 sets of four words. Each worker picks a word that describeshim best and a word that describes him least. A typical set: fussy, obedient,firm, playful. Employees then are shown how to score their test and find outtheir two dominant colors. For instance, reds are driven. Yellows are emotional,talkative and have a fondness for people.Reds are strong willed and decisive. And Blues dislike change and can be a littlewishy-washy. Rig workers wear their dots on their hats, while land-basedemployees post theirs outside their office doors. No one is forced to displaytheir colors and some think the program may be too intrusive. Tim Callais, aTransocean advisor for operational safety, says those who question theprogram’s credibility are “probably blue people.”Many employees seem to find the dots helpful. Thom Keeton, a red-green rig
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