Personality Dimensions® – Musings from the Back Office

aurora welcome signAfter 17 years at one location we finally pulled up stakes and have moved to Aurora, Ontario. And, we are almost at the point of knowing where things are! This is marvelous; we have spent the last three weeks tripping over boxes and just generally trying to find things – it’s been a great team-building experience as we’ve all gone off on various scavenger hunts for just about anything and everything! The shelves are now full, the boxes are folded up and stored away, plants are being coxed back to life and we’ve even got a few pictures on the walls.

One unexpected, and very pleasant, bonus has been how many clients have dropped by to visit!. We’ve been quite amazed. I guess that they, like us, appreciate not having to get into the traffic heading into Toronto. It’s been truly great seeing old friends again – and meeting people we’ve spoken with on the phone or kept in touch with via e-mail, but haven’t actually met in person. If you are ever in Aurora we hope you’ll drop by to say hello. As the motto of the Town of Aurora states: “You`re in good company!”


Denise Hughes is the Director and owner of Denise HeadshotCareer/LifeSkills Resources Inc. and general editor of Personality Dimensions® materials and products. She just noticed the calendar and realized that not only is this the first day of Autumn, but it also is just past the 41st anniversary of her introduction to career and type and temperament materials. Those experiences and the expertise she gained through her years with the Guidance Centre, University of Toronto, and now with CLSR, continue to shape the direction that both Career/LifeSkills Resources and Personality Dimensions® take.

Personality Dimensions Statistics

Did you know that we have been collecting Personality Dimensions® workshop statistics for over 10 years?  We ask that every time you conduct an Introductory or Application Session that your keep track of your participants’ Primary Colours, and Introversion/Extraversion preference.  You can find a convenient form on the disk included with your Building Blocks/Manual to do this.  Statistics can then be faxed in to 905-760-0113, or emailed to  You can also submit your statistics through the web at!submit-your-statistics/cyo7.  Once received at our office, our PD Stats Robot (patent pending) diligently processes and categorizes every number and colour submitted!  Also 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.

PD Stats Robot (Patent Pending)
PD Stats Robot (Patent Pending)

Why do we collect statistics? 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 10 years, you will notice  very little change with them over time.  Full statistics for the Canadian market are published every year in July and are posted at:!published-statistics/c1rkp

Collecting workshop statistics also helps us in creating new products.  For example, the job categories found in Career Dimensions™ were taken directly from the statistics reported to us by Certified Trainers. Your statistics also helped us in developing the recently released PD for Youth™.

Next time you run a Personality Dimensions® workshop don’t forget to send us your workshop statistics.

“It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.” 

~George Bernard Shaw

Personality Dimensions In Action with Wayne Jones

In this guest blog post by Wayne Jones, co-author of Great Parenting Skills for Navigating Your Kid’s Personality, shares with us his reflections on presenting at the APTi conference with wife, and co-author Kate Jones.  The APTi conference held every two years attracts Personality Type professionals from around the world, and features well-known and respected speakers from the field.

Reflections: APTi Conference in Miami

Kate and I had the honour of being invited to the Association for Psychological Type International (APTi) Biennial Conference in Miami Florida, to speak about our recently published book, Great Parenting Skills for Navigating Your Kid’s Personality. The conference theme was “Growing Type Expertise”, and there certainly was a wide range of workshop options to address that topic. For me, it was initially a bit overwhelming – you see, Kate is trained in the 16 Personality Types and knows it and Personality Dimensions®, but I am a relative newcomer to this field and certainly don’t profess to know much about the world of the 16 Types. That said, we made up our minds to get the most out of this event and enjoy the heat and sunshine of Miami as well.

Our journey began with a delayed flight, a very slow airport shuttle and lost luggage, but we made it just in time to register and attend a keynote by Linda Berens, a reviewer of our book. She brought us some of the latest research and set the tone for what was to follow. A highlight of the conference took place the same evening when Kate and I attended a reception and had a wonderful chat with Kathy Myers and Linda Berens. Kathy (Katherine) is the daughter-in-law of MBTI co-creator Isabel Myers and her leadership led to the creation of APTi. Linda is a past president of APTi and a leading practitioner and author. That inspiration propelled us through the next four days of workshops and seminars.

From my perspective, this conference covered everything you ever wanted to know (and then some!) about the 16 Types. There was a great variety of content and approach; the learning curve for me was steep but interesting. By the time we were delivering our workshop, I was even beginning to “speak type” to fellow delegates. We found everyone to be positive and supportive, always ready to share ideas and talk about furthering practice. The organization of the conference was superb – conference chair Fay Roseman and executive director Stephanie Polakiewicz ensured that sessions were on time and speakers were accommodated well.

The conference facility was the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Miami. When not attending sessions, we were in the pool or strolling beside the Miami River. On our fourth day, we presented our workshop, highlighting how our book evolved from Kate’s Personality Dimensions®-based workshops for parents. It was a challenge presenting to an audience of Personality Type practitioners; however, we found them to be keen to learn and responsive to our ideas. The workshop was well attended and we met many fascinating participants from the U.S., England and Australia.

As we bid farewell on the final day, we found ourselves reflecting on how much we had learned, how pleased we were to participate as speakers and how we might incorporate this new-found knowledge into future directions for our practice. While we focus on temperament, it was refreshing to see how open APTi was to our work and we will be considering returning to the next conference in two years.

Wayne JonesWayne Jones is an experienced educator, having taught students from Kindergarten through secondary school as well as adult education. Wayne has been a principal in the Peel District School Board as well as for a faculty advisor for Nipissing University. He currently does contract position work for the Peel DSB.

Wayne has excellent oral and written communication skills, incorporating a dry sense of humour in his presentation style. As an Educational Consultant and Personality Dimensions® Level 1 facilitator, as well as co-author of Great Parenting Skills for Navigating Your Kid’s Personality, Wayne Jones draws on over 30 years educational practice and numerous life experiences to enrich his writing and presentations.