Whoever put ‘fun’ and ‘triathlon’ in one sentence is one of two things; sadistic, or lacking in their grasp of the English language! Or so I thought, until I took part in the Stratford 2014 Fun Triathlon having signed up alongside six other Colour Workers last year.
I consider myself to be relatively fit – I run regularly with a running club, (although lolloping best describes my running style), and I know I can run 6 miles so my head was in the right place for the 2.5km stretch of the triathlon. As for cycling, I very much align with John F Kennedy in saying “Nothing compares to the simple pleasures of a bike ride”, but I was actually really looking forward to the challenge of 15 miles. Everyone has an Achilles Heel, however, and mine is most definitely water. Swimming. I come out in a hot sweat thinking about it. Knowing this, I arranged to take some lessons to better my chances of completing the 200m swim without being scooped out by the lifeguard’s fishing net, and practiced frog legs with my dolphin-like daughter but always knew that I’d find it difficult.
In the workplace, you will inevitably have your own running/cycling prowess and your own Achilles Heel. We work with a model of behaviour derived from Carl Jung based on colours which helps individuals develop their emotional intelligence and understand their behavioural preferences.
I regularly play to my strengths of being friendly and sociable, interacting with others, seeking variety and working towards being inspirational with the programmes I run – my Sunshine Yellow energy. This is me in running/cycling mode; it comes naturally and, most importantly, I enjoy it! My swimming demon at work is my lower levels of Cool Blue, the logical, precise, analytical side of me with fantastic attention to detail, and this really puts a brake on my effectiveness. I know this about myself, and following instances where I haven’t managed to follow up with clients in a timely manner or set aside time to plan and have the right information to hand, I should definitely know better! It is a challenging journey to build in discipline and systematic ways of working when I naturally hover towards variety, new things and enjoy those distractions, but, like my swimming lessons, I have a LOT of work to do to be more effective in my style.
So, what is your Achilles Heel? And how can you play to your strengths?