Years ago, on a leadership trust retreat when I was serving as a dean, the group had to play some silly trust games and then be told what our leadership colors were. I don’t remember mine—green or blue, I think. What I do remember is that a vice president in the group from a different college (thank goodness) was a real jerk—competitive, self-serving, little evident respect for his team. From my view, he was loud and obnoxious as well.
His color was identified as orange. You know, like fluorescent orange traffic cones. He was pegged as loud, aggressive, and demanding. That assessment was probably true about him—he seemed like a real jerk to me. But it was so demeaning to the color orange.
Although orange is often noticed in the natural world—from my view—it is assertive not aggressive. It is very natural, heartwarming, energetic, even strong and forceful. The psychological associations with orange include strength, resilience, optimism and spontaneity. Those qualities make sense regarding the color orange, since orange is the color of southwest vistas, spring flowers, fall leaves and gorgeous sunsets. Here are a few photos to prove my point about how special orange is!
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A COUPLE THOUGHTS ABOUT ORANGE
“’I feel a little dizzy,’ said Orion. ‘But also wonderfully elated. I feel that I am on the verge of finding a rhyme for the word orange.’” Eoin Colfer
“I can throw an orange like a baseball, but I can’t eat a baseball like an orange. Let that be a life lesson for you.” Jarod Kintz
“If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable—each segment distinct.” Letty Cottin Pogrebin