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Personality Dimensions® Re-Aligned My Life
Every Personality Dimensions® Facilitator Has A Story
We all have a past and a present that points to a preferred future. That story becomes the lens by which Personality Dimensions®, and other assessments are focused. The primary focus when I use Personality Dimensions®, both personally, as a career consultant or in my Leadership & Team training is ‘Alignment’.
I’ve been a Personality Dimensions® facilitator from its launch in 2003 and used another similar tool prior to that. Before being trained as a career counsellor, I went through the process of being counselled as a key part of my career transition. This temperament or behavioural study became the tipping point, the fulcrum of my life before and after my transition.
Here’s my story in a nutshell
I’m a Preacher’s Kid, and before I was eight years of age, my mother suddenly passed away. This caused me to cling to dad, my surviving parent. I, too, chose to be in the ministry. Being so young, I both watched and listened to my father closely, so I could be like him, a very loved pastor. I desired the same outcome. The problem was that we were very different people. What he taught me was his way of doing things…on my part, learned behaviour. It wasn’t bad or wrong, just different from who I really was. Unfortunately, he taught me how to live as a workaholic because that was how he dealt with the loss of his beloved wife. Yes, I was successful in ministry but there always seemed to be a level of discomfort. After 25 years, I hit a wall and really wasn’t certain what to do with my future. The transition process was slow, ten years slow. It wasn’t one I ever thought I’d go through, but I cautiously decided to check out another world. This brought me face-to-face with temperament, type, and interest studies.
When You Are Successful
Though I did things the way my father did, in retrospect, my most successful ventures in ministry were the ones that I did out of who I really was. This happens when the real you, subconsciously, kicks in. This became evident during my counselling process when we discussed past successes. Getting a grasp of the Patterns of Human Behaviours, which Personality Dimensions® does, was a great awakening for me…a series of Ah-ha moments which introduced a process I call ‘Life or Personal Realignment’. As important as ‘understanding who you are is’, equally important is ‘understanding who you are not’. If you’re living too much of life in the latter, Personality Dimensions® is my tool of choice for ‘Life Alignment’. This happens when you bring what you do in line with who you are, your hardwiring. Not once did I have to comply with the Personality Dimensions® result. I saw the pattern it presented and ‘there I was’. I released the dominance of well learned behaviours (which I still use), and fully embraced the real Murray that was quietly working in behind them.
One Thing That Always Amazes Me
When I was in my mid to late teens two things happened. Someone introduced me to the book, Transformed Temperaments by Tim LaHaye. It fascinated me. I always wanted to know what made people tick so I could impact their lives. In Grade 10, I had to write an essay on a topic of my choice. I wrote it on, How to Find a Career. Thirty years later, I became an ‘Assessment based Career Development Practitioner’. When I realized this, it blew me away. Do I regret those 25 years in ministry? Not in the least. Those years provided me with all the illustrations that make the concept of Personality Dimensions® a reality. What really stands out is the consistency of how I have lived life. Whether the teen years, the ministry or the years since transition, the attitude and way that I do things, while tweaking on the fly, has remained constant.
Personality Dimensions® Plays Out This Way In Me
Within me is a deep NEED to make a difference…an Impact. I call it my helium balloon that does what is natural…Goes Up! There is my Introverted Resourceful Orange. That has never changed. Pointing back to this is the way I COMMUNICATE, by sharing with others what I know, not only with academics, but with the wealth of what I have learned in life experience. That is my Extroverted Inquiring Green. That is what people see, but not what really drives me. What my dad taught me well was the Organized Gold factor of how to work well within organizations, the ENVIRONMENT in which I work. And finally, he taught me how to treat people with respect, dignity, and compassion, because PEOPLE ARE IMPORTANT…Yep, my Authentic Blue. There is ‘My Plaid’. Whatever I do, that is the way my pattern of human behaviour has always played out, and there is no reason to think that will change.
Have you taken a deep dive into your pattern? It is MORE than worth the effort. (Reach out if you out need help)
Murray is a husband to Heather for 46 years with 2 adult children, a Papa to 4 Boys, Personality Dimensions® Level 2 Trainer, Career Consultant, Leadership & Team Developer since 2001, and loves life. He is the creator of CareerFitForYou.com online video training, and owner of LifeConcepts.ca and LifeConceptMinistries.com.
Listen to Your Personality Unlocked
It seems like everyone is busier than ever these days, and have less time to spend on doing something for yourself. Audiobooks are great for busy people who really want to enjoy a good book, and have the best intentions to learn new things, but don’t have the time to sit down and read. You can easily listen to an audiobook while still doing your other day-to-day activities like exercising, commuting, or doing household chores. It really is an easy way to get most of your time and fit reading into your daily life.
We are thrilled to announce the release of one of our bestsellers in this format. Your Personality Unlocked, by Anne Bulstrode and Susan Geary will give you an understanding of who you are and the differences between you and other people, in all aspects of your life. Based on the popular Personality Dimensions® assessment, the authors take you through a journey of self-awareness.
Narrated by a professional voice actor, this audiobook is a must-listen for anyone looking to learn more about themselves and the important people in their lives. Whether you are a student, professional, or simply a curious individual, “Your Personality Unlocked” is a valuable addition to your audiobook library.
Available now on Audible, Apple Books, and other major audiobook platforms, Your Personality Unlocked is sure to engage and enlighten listeners. Don’t miss out on this insightful and practical guide to self-awareness.
Personality Dimensions in Organizational Culture
People are an organization’s most valuable asset. After all, how would anything get done without people? While it’s true that AI has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years, the workforce hasn’t yet been overthrown by an army of sentient machines. For now, at least, it’s people that make things happen. The job market has changed drastically, and priorities have shifted. A recent survey showed that the number one reason why people want to leave their current jobs has to do with company culture.
Organizational culture is the set of shared values, beliefs, and practices that define a workplace, while personality is the unique set of traits and characteristics that define an individual’s needs, wants, and behaviours. Whether you are in a position of leadership that can make decisions on how an organization’s culture unfolds, or you’re an employee looking for your best fit, it’s important to understand how each of the four personality dimensions thrive or struggle in certain organizational cultures.
CLSR founder, and director, Denise Hughes has long said that someone’s preference towards Introversion or Extraversion is the first thing you can tell about their personality. When thinking about workplace culture, this is the place to start. Extraverted personalities thrive in environments that are social and collaborative. They thrive in open-plan office spaces, or worksites that require consistent teamwork. They are energized by interaction, and do their best work when they can bounce their ideas off each other. On the other hand, Introverted personalities thrive in environments that are independent and reflective. They need space to work so they can stay focused and pay attention to the details. Introverts do their best work when they conceptualize, and create, on their own, then share their work with the workgroup. The four personality dimensions all have their own preferences for Introversion and Extraversion; how that looks will be different for each of them.
Authentic Blues tend to excel in supportive organizational cultures that emphasize collaboration, empathy, and harmony. They are often sensitive, empathetic, and caring, which can help them build strong relationships with coworkers and clients. In a supportive organizational culture, Authentic Blues can use their emotional intelligence to navigate conflicts and build a positive work environment.
Inquiring Greens tend to excel in competitive organizational cultures that emphasize innovation, risk-taking, and strategic thinking. They are often logical, rational, and analytical, which can help them excel in a culture that is future focused. In a competitive organizational culture, Inquiring Greens can use their strategic thinking skills to find new solutions and help the organization stay ahead of the competition.
Resourceful Oranges tend to thrive in dynamic organizational cultures that emphasize innovation, creativity, and adaptability. They are often, flexible, spontaneous, and go-with-the-flow, which can help them in dynamic environments. In a fast-paced organizational culture, Resourceful Oranges can use their comfort with uncertainty to respond quickly to changing circumstances.
Organized Golds tend to thrive in structured organizational cultures that emphasize efficiency, organization, and predictability. They are often decisive, organized, and goal-oriented, which can help them succeed in a culture with strong traditions. In a structured organizational culture, Organized Golds can use their planning and organizational skills to help the organization achieve its goals.
We humans are pretty complex, and understanding the relationship between personality type and organizational culture can help us find a workplace where we can thrive. By understanding our own personality, and the characteristics of different organizational cultures, we can make informed decisions about where to work and how to navigate the workplace. But just as important, individuals in leadership positions can use this knowledge to create a diverse and inclusive workplace where employees can use their unique strengths and skills to contribute to the success of the organization.
Valentine’s Day with Personality Dimensions
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you don’t want to leave it until the last minute to get your special someone the perfect gift. While you can get some surprisingly nice flowers and chocolate from your local gas station, it may not be what your partner will appreciate the most. Whether you have been with them for decades or only a few months, having a little inside knowledge (of their personality) will help you find the perfect way to surprise them on the day.
You can easily say that Valentine’s Day was created for the Authentic Blues of the world. They are, after all, Hallmark’s best customers. Authentic Blues are known for wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and showing great concern for the emotions of others. They like to know that other people care about them as much as they care for others. Authentic Blues tend to be sincere creative types; when choosing a gift, remember it really is the thought the counts. So break out those pencil crayons and put some effort into making a card instead of buying one.
More than anything, Authentic Blues want to know that you are thinking about them. Consider something the two of you can do together. While a picnic in the park followed by a long walk on the beach may be a little out of the question for the Extravert in your life, while it’s -20 out, an indoor date at their favourite indie coffee shop or restaurant will be a hit. For the Introverts, check out your favourite maker’s market, or social enterprise for something unique that matches their creative personality.
Believe it or not, Inquiring Greens can be some of the most romantic amongst us. They may not show their emotions as easily as the other dimensions, but Inquiring Greens care deeply for the people close to them, and will go to the end of the earth when needed. They have notoriously high standards; the fact that you were chosen by an Inquiring Green is high praise… you just won’t likely hear them express it. When they open your gift, don’t fret when they don’t seem excited about it, rest assured that they really are. You just need to pay attention to their subtle signs… sometimes VERY close attention.
Inquiring Greens can be difficult to buy for at the best of times; if they really want something, chances are they’ll already have gotten it for themselves. Give them something that shows you’ve been paying attention to the things they care about and their love of learning. The Introverts will appreciate a subscription to a master class or the latest gadget that’s part of their favourite hobby. For the Extraverts, you can’t do wrong with an escape room.
Organized Golds fully embrace the motto “be prepared.” If you’re stopping on your way home on the 14th to pick up a gift, they’re going to know! They are dependable, loyal, and practical. They aren’t generally fans of grand gestures, but traditions are hugely important. When choosing a gift for your Organized Gold partner, remember that practical gifts can be a hit; but take my word for it, small appliances are never a good choice. For most of them, there’s nothing wrong with a card from the dollar store. It still shows you care, but it also shows that you don’t need to spend $9 on a piece of paper that gets looked at once, to show you care.
Time is a precious to Organized Golds, so giving your undivided attention is key. Turn that cellphone off, and do your best to keep interruptions to a minimum. For the Extravert in your life, tap into their nostalgic side and re-create your first date; go back to that old restaurant and share the same bottle of wine, even if your tastes have matured… as long as it’s practical to do it! For Introverted Organized Golds, stick with something classic; a bouquet of flowers and chocolates are usually a hit. But also consider a gift a relaxation; because Organized Golds are known to put a lot of time and effort at work, and taking care of others, go with something to help them unwind. A spa gift card or their favourite personal care products for an at-home spa experience are greatly appreciated.
If you have a Resourceful Orange partner, you may have just lucked out if you’re reading this on February 14th, and haven’t done anything for them yet. You may have blinked, and ended up in a long –term, committed relationship with a Resourceful Orange, but that’s what makes them so great. Resourceful Oranges don’t beat around the bush, and are quick to tell you how they feel. This goes for whatever gift you give them, and your relationship as a whole. They need to hear that you appreciate them back, just as quick as they tell you. Resourceful Oranges aren’t as big on traditions as the other dimensions, so don’t wait until Valentine’s Day to show your love and appreciation.
If you are going to mark the day with them, now is the time to be spontaneous, or break out that grand gesture you’ve had up your sleeve. Resourceful Oranges tend to like surprises. For the Extraverts, go to a restaurant without a reservation… and when you realize that everyone booked weeks ago, take a walk through a new neighbourhood and try the first restaurant with a free table, and talk your way in. Remember, it’s about the adventure, not the destination. For the Introverts, get them a subscription box, so they can try something new every month, and think of you when it arrives.
Whatever you and your partner end up doing or gifting each other on Valentine’s Day, remember it’s about recognizing the two of you. These are just some suggestions, and don’t reflect everyone. Remember that we’re all a unique blend of the four dimensions, and you know your partner best… except for the part about small appliances… definitely don’t do that no matter what you’re thinking.
Personality Dimensions® at the Engagement Forum WA
As always, The Engagement Forum WA held at ECU Mt Lawley every December was worth its weight in gold.
The Welcome to ECU delivered by Glenda Campbell-Evans (Dean of the School of Education) was a hoot – she certainly was an inspiration to listen to, followed by the Keynote – Professor Chris Brook of Profectus Education, Consulting and Coaching, who took us through the stats around disengagement of students in Western Australia. Although there were some ‘Yep, I already know that’ moments, there were some moments of hope and some ideas about how we can move forward in a more positive manner, by applying what we know to develop the conditions for student engagement around:
- creating purpose
- unconditional positive regard
- unconditional self acceptance
- unconditional other acceptance
- unconditional life acceptance
After his presentation, I ran after him like some rock star groupie and made time to chat further about his presentation. We certainly share the same set of values and drive to assist our young people make meaning out of education and life!
In the afternoon, Annette Garlett (Keipa Boodja Aboriginal Corporation), Lidia Cavallaro (Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation) and I gave an interactive Personality Dimensions® presentation to over 60 attendees. We put them into groups of four (one per colour) to go through the associated images and come up with suggestions about what each set of images represent.
One participant asked how young people interpret the images.
My response, ‘exactly how adults do’.
No matter what background you come from, how young or old, your gender, your preferences, everyone interprets the images exactly the same (clearly there are some minor differences across cultures). She found that hard to believe so we showed the responses from our cohort of kids. It was exactly the same!
I received a beautiful email from Lidia later in the day, ‘Jenny thank you for having invited Annette and myself to attend today…For me I experienced something that I thought I could never do. Again thank you’.
Jenny Gleeson is the Empress of Ideas and Queen of Honesty. She has built a career out of helping people find their authentic selves, and get the most out of their teams. She has a strong focus on Aboriginal communities, not-for-profit organisations, youth services, and charities. Jenny is a Personality Dimensions Level II trainer, and distributor for Personality Dimensions in Australia and New Zealand. Connect with Jenny through her website at https://www.jennygleeson.com.au/
“Ew, David!” Personality Dimensions® on TV with Schitt’s Creek
Schitt’s Creek, created by Eugene & Daniel Levy is a brilliantly created story, depicting the tale of a well-to-do family and their downward spiral due to a crooked accountant. Many recurring characters have allowed for an ample opportunity to review their individual personalities, and how they interact with others.
Personality: Organized Gold
The patriarch of the family is an exemplary businessman. Turning $2,000 into a thriving, national video rental business (only second to Blockbuster), he also showcases superior budgeting skills by trying to negotiate the best possible price for the family car. Johnny also spends a lot of time coming up with new business ideas with sound independent research (i.e., no Bob’s Bagels will be happening here!) and is also very family oriented, as seen by his caring deeply for his wife and children’s wellbeing. He loves engaging in traditional family celebrations (both Christmas and Hanukkah), helping David prepare for his job interview as a bag boy, and begging Moira to swallow her pride to accept a cheque from her sister during the family’s most difficult financial times are all key examples that highlight the Organized Gold’s personality type beautifully!
Personality: Organized Gold /Authentic Blue
Moira is also a detail oriented individual as we see her keeping a spreadsheet to track all her wigs, ensuring that the cheese is folded into her prized enchilada recipe properly, and detailing the requirements of a contract to film the latest instalment of “The Crows Have Eyes 3: The Crowening”. Disarray causes her a lot of distress—where is her brown bag exactly? Organized Golds value belonging dearly amongst their family and peers, and not belonging or “feeling relevant” also caused her to hide in a closet for multiple days.
A close secondary colour for Moira would be Authentic Blue. While organized, structured, and wanting order on the movie set, Moira is a very creative individual. She enjoys the creativity with her wigs, directing Cabaret, and shows her warmth towards her husband, children, and neighbours in later seasons.
Personality: Resourceful Orange
So, like, have you downloaded the latest Bumpkin app? Time to have an impromptu, small, like, little motel party? Sure, we missed ONE little text message from David; besides, who has time for taking care of 6 Tamagotchi’s at the same time anyhow? This resourceful orange also was able to keep it cool and collected to get the family out of the escape room in record time in order to answer Johnny’s phone call immediately!
Alexis tells us all about her adventurous trips around the world, needing fake passports at the last minute to escape palaces, and wanting the freedom to date (without being tied down to just Ted…or Mutt…or?). We see Alexis’ stress about being tied down with being married to the same nice, albeit kind person and the thought of divorce really spooking her out!
Alexis is the epitome of our Resourceful Oranges; and how well they can adjust to difficult surroundings (albeit resistantly!)
Personality: Organized Gold
Who has time to curate a mood board for a shopping trip exactly? And Patrick’s parents showed up a whole 11 minutes early? How dare they!
From organizing bottles on a table according to size (and labels in the same direction), ensuring even numbers of participants arrive for game night for the “optimum game play experience”, and re-organizing your knits in your new cedar chest, David showcases the Organized Gold personality type perfectly!
Organized Golds’ value of belonging is essential for them; and when David did not feel like he belonged in his family anymore; he fled the town. Also, he revealed to Stevie that she was his only friend and saying that out loud was “very dark”.
Personality: Inquiring Green
Our Inquiring Greens are keen to get big picture outlooks and logically sound reasonings to their decision-making. We see this very beautifully done with Patrick! He was able to gather all the information that David shared over his 12 voicemails to complete David’s business application, inquired about purchasing a dream home that David wanted because of their future together, and Patrick knows all the detailed rules of baseball games to teach them to David for the baseball tournament.
Inquiring Greens are fierce competitors; and we see this with Patrick and Ronnie during the baseball game competition. Greens are often their own worst critics; and we see that with Patrick being disappointed with himself during their hike and picnic together to the top of the hill. In the end, Patrick was able to put everything into place, and have his happily ever after!
Personality: Inquiring Green
Stevie was quite difficult to figure out! However, I came to the conclusion that Stevie is an Inquiring Green. She exemplifies the aloofness that Inquiring Greens are often accused of being. She went to college to improve herself, wonders what she is going to do with the motel long term, expanding the business to other motels, and being worried she’s going to wind up like Aunt Maureen one day. She wants to do the best job performing Cabaret by rehearsing her lines over and over again, and spending time after official practice with Patrick to nail down the dance number.
Personality: Inquiring Green
Ted’s desire to consistently improve himself with veterinary conferences, and his desire to see exotic wildlife while working with the indigenous fauna of the Galapagos Islands, Ted showcases the exact qualities of our inquisitive Inquiring Greens very well. Always seeking answers to improving his relationship with Alexis, Ted is very future focussed and desires to understand himself and his relationship with Alexis as best as he can.
Who do you think are the Authentic Blues in Schitt’s Creek? Maybe Bob? Twyla?
What about some of the other regular characters? Ronnie? Jocelyn? Mutt? Or even Roland? Which types do you think they showcase?
What do you think? Was I “on brand”? Or was I a “write-off”?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Nancy Tavares-Jones, MC, RP, CCC, DCP (in progress) is a registered psychotherapist in Ontario and an Authentic Blue/Resourceful Orange. She has a thriving private practice, and is an on-site trauma responder for organizations needing immediate on-site support. She is a self-proclaimed “personality type geek” and loves to help folks learn more about themselves and others. Feel free to visit and connect with her at www.LifePathways.ca.
Making New Year’s resolutions is a time-honoured tradition where people from all over pledge to do better in the new year, and then promptly break those resolutions within the first week. Let’s face it, we’ve all done it at some point. As you read through this post, that may or may not be based on actual people in the author’s life, 😜 don’t take it too seriously. While the days are short, and the weather is less than ideal, now is the best time to have a laugh at our own expense.
“This year, I am going to start saying ‘no’ to the demands of others, and put myself first.”
Result: Ends vacation break early, and returns to work to fill in for colleague who took last minute holiday. Also ends up volunteering to coach U5 hockey team, despite having no children that age.
“This year, I resolve to listen to the ideas and opinions of others without turning it into a heated debate.”
Result: Gets into an argument with an Organized Gold about the origins of New Year’s resolutions and the correct number to make. Resolves to think about it, and try again next year.
“This year, I resolve to be more spontaneous, and less systematic.”
Result: Unwraps new day planner book on January 1st, immediately fills out contact information on page one, and schedules weekly spontaneity for the next 12 months.
“This year, I resolve to focus and turn one of the activities I am passionate about into a successful side-hustle.”
Result: Dives head-first into researching how to start a business, but discovers 7 more things to be really passionate about along the way. Shifts focus to perfecting new passion before making it a business.
Broken New Year’s resolutions aren’t a sign of failure, they’re a sign that maybe the bar was set too high, or some things just don’t need to change. We all have our superpowers, but even superheroes have their shortcomings. As you navigate your way through the year, focus on your superpowers and the strengths you bring to the table. There’s always time for self-improvement…even if it is a year away.
Personality Dimensions® Statistics
It’s that time of year again… when the PD Stats Robot (patent still pending) pops out of its work cube and sees its shadow, it’s time to see this past year’s Personality Dimensions® statistics.
Many of you undoubtably will recognize the PD Stats Robot (patent still pending), the hardest working, semi-autonomous employee we have ever had! After many years of residing in the suburbs of Toronto, the PD Stats Robot (patent still pending) packed up their cube and headed east. But good news, they are still churning out statistics with us, while working part-time as a lighthouse keeper. I had no idea how many transferable skills there are between the two jobs until we sat down to go over this year’s report.
Once again, the staff at CLSR Inc. would like to thank all the Certified Trainers who took the time to send in their workshop statistics over the past year. Collecting workshop statistics allows us to do further research on the reliability and validity of Personality Dimensions®. If you look at the Primary Colour Breakdowns over the past 17 years, you will notice very little change with them over time; In fact, there was a less than 1% variance with two of the Dimensions over the past several years. That’s some pretty good reliability scores! Full statistics for the Canadian market, including this year’s, are published every year in July and are posted at: http://www.personalitydimensions.com/published-statistics
Remember, every time you conduct an Introductory or Application Session, even if you had your clients take the assessment online, that you keep track of your participants’ Primary Colour Preference, and Introversion/Extraversion preference. You can find a form on the USB included with your Building Blocks/Manual to do this. Statistics can then be faxed to 905-760-0113, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit your statistics through the web at: http://www.personalitydimensions.com/submit-your-statistics.
The PD Stats Robot is an amazing piece of computing technology, and a surprisingly good dog groomer, but can only work with the information that it receives. Please remember to submit your statistics, even if you are administering Personality Dimensions® Online. Remember that the assessment component isn’t the final word on an individual’s primary colour, especially if scores are close; clarification also comes from the Brightening Group exercises in a workshop.
Until next year, on behalf of the PD Stats Robot (patent still pending), stay dimensional, and keep those numbers coming.
Healing Relationships Through Personality Dimensions®
As many of us have realized through COVID-19, our core relationships are very important to us, whether they are with parents, siblings, friends, or co-workers. What is puzzling, however, is that these relationships can often cause us the greatest stress. Personality Dimensions® gives us a lens to examine these important relationships and find ways to improve them.
One of the ways that a knowledge of Personality Dimensions® can be useful is by helping us understand that personalities can be quite different – even within the same family. It acknowledges that there are four different temperaments, and each has both strengths and challenges. Once we understand that people are not being difficult, rather they are behaving according to their innate preferences, it generally leads to a greater tolerance of difference. To show how this works, lets look at a mother-daughter relationships that had challenges. Amelie, a 19-year-old, has had a strained relationship with her mother since she became a teenager. Amelie thrives on variety and loves change in her life. She is very creative and is pursuing a Diploma in visual arts at a local community college. She is not quite sure where it will take her, but she is spontaneous, fun loving and likes to go with the flow. Her mother, Maria, seems almost the opposite. Maria is structured and orderly and likes to make life as predictable as possible. She is an excellent planner and believes that you should work first and then play. She loves her daughter tremendously but worries about her because she is disorganized and seems to let life happen to her rather than to plan for it. She also worries because Amelie seems willing to take more risks than she would like. She wonders how a visual arts certificate will ever lead her daughter to a nice secure job. Amelie for her part, often feels constrained by her mother’s “shoulds” and “oughts” and frequently feels that she cannot be herself around her mom.
A breakthrough came in their relationship when Amelie attended a Personality Dimensions® workshop as part of one of her community college courses. She realized that she was a Resourceful Orange and that her mother was very likely an Organized Gold. She took this knowledge back to her mother, explained the four dimensions, and her mother agreed with Amelie’s assessment. They had a good chat about both their similarities and differences, and recognized that they needed to be more tolerant of each other in the future. While they both realized they had a long way to go to rebuild their relationship, they felt that this was an important first step in understanding each other better.
Susan Geary PhD. is a Personality Dimensions® Master Trainer and co-author of two books on Personality Dimensions® – Colour Savvy: Helping you Achieve Success in your Work Life and Your Personality Unlocked: Living Life to its Fullest. She has over 30 years experience as a management and communication Skills facilitator, and training consultant. She has facilitated Personality Dimensions® workshops to over 1,000 participants in all walks of life. Susan can be reached at email@example.com.
Your Personality Unlocked
If you haven’t already read Your Personality Unlocked – Living Life to its Fullest, what are you waiting for Personality Dimensions® Master Trainers, and authors of Colour Savvy, Anne Bulstrode and Susan Geary give us the book everyone has been asking for.
Your Personality Unlocked is a great introduction to using Personality Dimensions® in all aspects of life, and also makes a great leave-behind for clients who have participated in one of your workshops. Print copies are available now on CLSR.ca or get it for Kindle on Amazon.com /.ca/.com.au/.co.uk.
We asked Anne and Susan to share why they wrote this book, and what it will do for the reader. Here’s what they had to say…
Our goal was to write a book about Personality Dimensions® that was easy to read and understand and that everyone would benefit from. We wanted to make sure that even if you knew nothing about Personality Dimensions®, you could pick the book up, grasp the different dimensions and use it as a tool to become more self-aware and gain a greater understanding of others. Equally, our hope was that if you already understand the four dimensions, you could gain some additional insights into others.
To help those that are new to the dimensions, we start off the book with a self-assessment that allows you to figure out the different dimensions that you use. Then we shift our focus to the difference between introversion and extraversion and includes a self-assessment to help you decide what your preference is.
In chapter three, readers will be able to learn about the unique needs and values associated with each dimension.
The next three chapters focus on various aspects of communication. First, we give insights into how to communicate with different dimensions, as well as how you prefer to be communicated with. Then we look at relationships and examine what the relationship needs are for each dimension. And finally, most people find conflict with others stressful and are sometimes lost about how to manage conflict situations. As a starting point, chapter 6 helps us gain insight into what causes the different dimensions conflict, how each dimension causes conflict for others and how they behave when in conflict.
Work offers different joys and challenges, and we go on to discuss how each dimension can thrive at work, both as employees and managers.
People often ask us how to figure out the primary dimension of another person. While this is not an exact science, we offer some visual, verbal and non-verbal clues that can help you make an educated guess about other’s preferred dimensions.
Finally, we tie the whole book together by looking at the similarities between the dimensions, some of the differences and how to bridge these differences.
Anne and Susan are partners in Up Your Potential. They are international speakers, facilitators, personality experts, and coaches with over 25+ years’ experience, each helping people reach their goals by empowering them to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to perform optimally. They are the co-authors of the bestselling book Colour Savvy: Helping you Achieve Success in Your Work Life, and a number of Personality Dimensions® Online reports.
In their private practices, they have worked extensively with individuals and organizations. Their solutions are relevant, practical and results-oriented. They have been working with a wide range of clients in the area of Personality Theory, Management Development, Team Building, Interpersonal Communications,
Wellness, Resilience and Conflict Resolution. They embraced Personality Dimensions® in 2003, are both Master Level Personality Dimensions® Facilitators and whenever possible, they incorporate it into their work.
Anne and Susan will be presenting (virtually) at the British Association for Psychological Type in April, 2022 on Temperaments at Work in the Post-Pandemic World.