True Colors helps military and civilians ‘see beyond the badge’ at Andrews Air Force Base and beyond.
“We use True Colors as a way to provide a way for close cooperation among the military services by corroborating ways to effectively communicate based on their personality types.”
– Tonya Abrams
EEO Specialist at Andrews Air Force Base
Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, Maryland, experiences many of the day-to-day challenges that are familiar to all branches of the U.S. military.
“We have military and civilians working together and that’s just a systemic problem because we work under two different regimes of discipline but we work in this same environment. Individuals aren’t looking at each other beyond the uniform.”
The barriers created by a civilian-versus-military mentality can create dissent and frequent miscommunication among peers. The inability to “see beyond the badge” is a challenge that requires creating familiarity and camaraderie between the two segments of the base.
Andrews Airforce Base used True Colors’ fun and intuitive system as a way to create a path for individuals to relate to one another beyond a professional title. Prior to True Colors, it was difficult for members of Andrews Air Force Base to see past rank and status.
Abrams uses True Colors in focus groups and mediations series that are sought out by participants. Individuals and groups are able to request a True Colors Workshop because Andrews Air Force Base has three Certified True Colors Facilitators on site as well as additional Facilitators throughout the division.
“We just can tell that it’s doing something because people are asking for it,” says Abrams.
She is also able to use True Colors to determine the most effective mediator for a situation based on their True Colors personality color spectrum.
“[True Colors] allows us to overcome some of the unique challenges that we have based on our differences. Bias, being able to synchronize these personalities and these work centers, they have a broader understanding of how they can accomplish something and completing the mission is what they’re here for. So is it just turns out to just be a huge win-win for everyone.”
“There have been so many relationships developed here,” Abrams says.
“Now we have military and civilians working together and they’re both blue and so they see each other as having similarities after going through the bright color exercise versus ‘You’re a civilian, and I’m in the military’. It really does bridge that gap. It proved a bond communication-based based on personality types versus your rank and what you contribute to the military.”