The ILearn workshop: attempting to teach you about you through a colour, which I did, kind of. I mean that in the sense that I didn’t really learn anything I hadn’t known about myself, but rather I better understood why I was who I am. I was “Blue Ocean”, a colour that on first read, I shook my head at because I didn’t believe it suited who I was. I wasn’t calm and relaxed, I was erratic and a busybody. But once Doug explained our colour in more detail, I began to see myself more and more. I understood that calm didn’t mean mediating calm but rather a desire for unity and peace, which is what I always find myself striving for in situations. I always listen to people and it’s because I seek calm and unity that I do. I began to better understand who I was and why I acted this way. I found it surprising how evenly each colour was split and how different we all were as people when we were evidently in the same program. I think this expresses the many faces and the immensity of the PR world.
In Relation to groups, I think this workshop expressed why some of us clash at times and why some of us work well in relation to one another. I found myself sometimes clashing with the Greens that are very straight to the point and the will in the operation because I am not the best in situations where I feel out of control. Everything I do does tend to involve emotion and perhaps that is why I do clash with both greens and Golds at times. They are more professional, detail oriented and direct while I find myself putting my emotion and heart into a project way more then I should.
In a professional setting, I think it is the combination of all four groups that would work the best. Every group needs a bit of detail orientation (which are the Golds), excitement and energy (which are the Oranges), a will in operation (which are the Greens) and an ability to keep calm and strive for unity in a group (which are the Blues). A group needs all of these dynamics to work together to achieve the desired goal of the merging of creativity and hard work. The problem arises when one group has all of one colour. For example, I will take into consideration a group full of Blues. We all attempt to avoid confrontation, keep unity and peace among our group and prove our loyalty. We might then be too calm and never speak our minds, therefore never moving forward in fear that we either destroy our group dynamic or hurt someone’s feelings.
I found Doug to be an incredible presenter and found myself learning a lot from him. He always engaged his audience and made it about us, rather than about him. Doug created a fun and interactive environment with his videos and mini-games at the end of each colour demonstration. He was animated and filled with excitement over what he was discussing with us. These are all traits I hope to have in my future endeavours. Now for “True Colours” over all, if I attempted to review it as a movie, I would say that it was “an exciting piece of work, always keeping you engaged while making you laugh at every turn and Doug was a fun and exuberant character full of life while the plot of the movie was smooth and interesting.”
Moving towards the Project Management direction, I would say that I have a better understanding of what planning and production schedule entitle. Planning is basically the start of your project. This is the stage where you are attempting to bring your dreams and goals to reality. Production schedule, on the other hand, is your list of goals and their estimated start and end times. Prior to taking this course, I had used these in my daily life without being aware of their proper terms and definitions. When I went on my Cuba trip, I was the one who did all of the planning of where we would go and what we would do. I was in charge of putting the trip together from scratch. I also built a schedule for myself in university without being aware by setting deadlines for myself in relation to homework and exams.
“True Colours” was a fun and interesting way of looking at yourself and the people around you.