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Book Review: Colour Savvy – Helping You Achieve Success In Your Work Life

Would you like to interact with your co-workers, supervisors, friends and peers more positively than you have in the past while also achieving your personal and career related goals at the same time? Do you know what triggers cause your temperament stress and how you can cope with these stressors? Are you aware of your preferred temperament? would you like to learn how to fully appreciate the strengths and gifts that those around you contribute to your personal and professional life? Wouldn’t it be great if you could somewhat identify the preferred temperaments of your peers, friends and co-workers so that you could co-exist and communicate with them in harmony being conscious of their preferred temperaments?

These are some of the topics that are covered in the book Colour Savvy and so much more! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning even more about my preferred temperament. I am qualified to administer and interpret the Personality Dimension instrument but it never ceases to amaze me how much I still learn about myself and others through this tool.

In this book Susan and Anne take you through a variety of activities and assessments that will introduce you to the 4 Temperaments which are Inquiring Green, Resourceful Orange, Organized Gold and Authentic Blue and they help you to identify your preferred Temperament while also understanding more about yourself and others as it pertains to your areas of strength, possible stressors, your abilities, possible challenges and preferred Careers.

If you thought just by reading the 4 Temperaments that I have listed that you have already identified your preferred style, you could be wrong! What is important to keep in mind is that we are all plaids, which means that we are comprised of a variety of all of the temperaments, we just tend to exhibit some temperaments more than we do the others or even some equally together, which are considered to be our “preferred Temperament(s)”.

The book starts off with a quick questionnaire that will help you to determine which Temperament best fits you. (Please keep in mind that when completing such tools and questionnaires it is still very important to seek the expertise of a qualified professional so that they can work with you when you are reflecting on your findings and provide you with feedback and guidance where necessary).

Then the book goes on to discuss how each of the 4 Temperaments fare under stress and suggests stress coping mechanisms for each temperament style. Learn how to identify other peoples temperament styles so that you can communicate with them more effectively. However keep in mind that being an introvert or extravert can make a substantial difference in how a person’s Temperament presents, so a chart is provided in the book to assist you in identifying whether certain individuals would be considered to be introverted or extraverted.

Learn how to have a greater appreciation for the 4 Temperaments and recognize the differences between them. Remember we may have our preferred Temperament styles that present themselves the most but we also have “the ability to tap into our non-preferred Temperament’s associated skills and abilities and enhance our ability to use them” [Anne Bulstrode and Susan Geary, Colour Savvy, 2010]

I would encourage Counsellors, Career Practitioners, Human Resources Professionals, Educators, Trainers, Psychologists, Healthcare Practitioners, Co-workers, Managers, Friends, Spouses, Parents and Family members to read this book. It is a book that will benefit any and everyone who reads it in a different way. You may start to realize that your co-worker may not intentionally be trying to frustrate you or be difficult, they could just be being their temperament, and armed with the knowledge, information and resources from this book you can go forward understanding them a little better and have the knowhow to interact with them more effectively and positively. Now wouldn’t that be refreshing?

Once you’ve read this book please do come by and share your thoughts and your preferred temperament type with us over at


Examples of what can cause each of the temperaments stress and how the temperament styles can be interdependent on one another:

Inquiring Greens – Are all about facts and just the facts. So anything to do with emotions is potentially stressful for them. pg 89. An Authentic Blue can help a green temperament to understand and come to terms with the emotions they are experiencing.

Resourceful Oranges – Do not function well in environments with rigidly enforced rules, procedures and schedules with little flexibility. pg 91. Inquiring Green can challenge them to look at the big picture and not get bogged down in day-to-day details.

Authentic Blues – Can find conflict and anything that might lead to conflict quite stressful. pg 99. Resourceful Oranges can help Blues to become more emotionally resilient by bringing a sense of play and lightheartedness into their lives

Organized Gold – Their need for high standards can cause stress and guilt if they feel they are not doing enough or can’t get something right. They tend to take on too much work because they feel a sense of responsibility. pg 95. Authentic Blues can offer inspiration that can lift the spirits of an overwhelmed Gold.


ISBN: 978-1-894422-49-9

Publisher: Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc.

About the Authors:

Susan Geary – has over twenty years experience as a trainer, coach, consultant and corporate education manager. She helps managers and employees develop the necessary skills and knowledge to perform optimally within organizations. Susan has a Ph.D. in adult education, community development and counseling psychology from the University of Toronto. She has a B.Ed from Cambridge University in England.

Anne Bulstrode – is a learning consultant and international speaker. She has over 20 years experience helping people reach their goals. In her private practice, she works with individuals, corporations, not-for-profits and government ministries.

Anne’s formal education includes: Certificate in Adult Education, Diploma in Business Administration, Diploma in Human Resources Management, Business Management Degree with a major in Management Studies and a minor in Psychology. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.


Brief review completed by:

Scharlene Redway, a Job Developer working for a non-profit organization who has over 8 years experience in Recruitment and 3 years in the Career Counselling field. She is very passionate about the work that she performs on a daily basis with clients whether it be in the Counselling, social service, legal or Human Resources realm. She has learned to tap into her preferred Temperament and own it, and because of that every day is a welcomed adventure!

Certified level B assessor, Life Skills Coach, Career Counsellor and Personality Dimensions Facilitator.





Lucie Morillon
Lucie Morillon is the Bilingual Content & Communications Co-ordinator for CERIC. With a passion for quality content, she connects with her online communities and provides strong resources to engage members – and always encourages new ones to get involved. She identifies, creates and curates the content destined for the ContactPoint website, the weekly CareerWise newsletter and Careering magazine.

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