1. An introduction to a Green persona

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A quick glance at a Green persona

Greens are the most detail-oriented type and often are nothing short of perfectionists. They are driven by accuracy and work well with system oriented concepts. Details are important to them, and so is getting to the bottom of everything.

Greens are very pleasant to have a conversation with as they are polite, well-mannered and sociable. They keep the conversation flowing and will be keen to know your interests. They love small talk, are knowledgeable about a lot of things, and are fun to be around socially. This is truer if they already know you than if you are a stranger, in which case they may keep conversation rather businesslike.

Greens are very organised, sometimes almost to the point of being pedantic. They are structured, diligent and punctual, and would expect everyone else around them to be the same.

Greens can impose such stringent rules and boundaries that their bureaucratic stance can cause conflict with others. However, they make up for their rigidness with an overall caring nature. Greens tend to be very loyal, except when things have been going wrong for them for a while in which case they can become cynical.

Greens come across as very friendly and outgoing; they will happily chat with anyone who would like to strike up a conversation. Don’t be mistaken, however, that their friendly front means that they are an open book. Greens keep their feelings to themselves and it is difficult to break down these barriers. Once they let you in and feel comfortable with you, they will share certain things with you. Just accept it as a given that this person will never want to sit down and talk about feelings.

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2. Managing relationships with Green personas

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How Greens interact

A Green persona makes good long-term friends. The paradox here is that Greens are strongly introverted, but because they are also loyal, they build solid and long-lasting friendships. Although they are likely to socialise fairly often, this will be mainly with their own circle of friends.

At socials or parties, they will be friendly and polite and well behaved but don’t expect them to be the ‘last-person-standing’ as their social batteries will already be expiring towards the middle of the evening, and they will be exuding ‘it’s time to go’ signals. With their own circle of friends, however, they would happily go away for entire weekends and talk until the small hours of the morning.

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Greens and timekeeping

A Green persona will want to plan everything weeks ahead of time and will not want you to impose any last minute changes on them. A person with a Green persona will tend to treat the commodities of time and money in a similar fashion – prudently. They are picky about punctuality and are likely to start and stop working by the clock! If they are not early for an appointment anywhere, they will not be too happy, and if you should be the reason for them arriving late, you will endure a relentless badgering of a lecture as a result.

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What Greens want from others

A Green persona wants to be associated with people who are kind, composed and friendly. They gravitate towards people who have a zest for life but don’t turn their lives into a rat race. They don’t appreciate woolly conversations, void of facts, and they aren’t comfortable with anyone getting too emotional around them. It takes them a while to open up and build up trust, but once they do, they can become rather considerate people to be working with. It is important for them to feel that they are getting the same in return.

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How to communicate with a Green

Green personas can often engage people on a wide range of subjects, Unfortunately, they can’t help but drill right down into every detail. They will take their time explaining something to you and will complete their story with numerous often-uncalled-for details. This type of detail may fascinate another Greens, but other persona types may find this tedious.

Socially and at home, they employ small talk, mostly to avoid awkward silences. In business, however, they may avoid such small talk, and in general fixations on detail can cause them to miss picking up the social nuances that may be going on around them.

Green personas generally write in short sentences, except if they are explaining something, then you may get into all the details. Greens value fairness and correctness, when things are a bit out of kilter for them they will become more verbose in how they talk and write because they want to get their point across. As we notice with Mints, Purples and Blues personas, you may see the occasional written misuse of question-marks and exclamation marks as they try and emphasise their points with ‘???’ or ‘!!!’.

Greens are often the trusted technical or economics advisors in their teams. If you were to overlook servicing their concerns if you are proposing solutions to their team, you may just be rewarded with failure. Greens can skilfully leave you thinking you still have a chance while they are silently shipwrecking any chance you may have had. In short, make sure you satisfy all of their concerns. If possible take along an equally detail-oriented person on your team when you meet with a Green.

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