“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.

Johnny Rose
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Johnny Rose
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!

Moira Rose
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Moira Rose
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.  

Alexis Rose
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Alexis Rose
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!)

David Rose
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”.

Patrick Brewer
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Patrick Brewer
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!

Stevie Budd
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Stevie Budd
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.

Ted Mullens
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Ted Mullens
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

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.

Colourful Resolutions

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.

Authentic Blue

“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.

Inquiring Green

“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.

Organized Gold

“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.

Resourceful Orange

“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 Pandemic Pastimes – PD in the Wild

People around the word have had to adjust to a new reality over the last 16 months or so, and make the best of what we are able to do. Next up in our series of Personality Dimensions® Pandemic Pastimes with Master Trainers is Angela Shik. Angela is the director of Dr. Motivate, the Personality Dimensions® distributor in Hong Kong and Macau SAR, People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan. Angela checked in with us after completing her first PD in the workshop…

As we are rearranging our lives around COVID-19, we are experimenting with new ways to keep our training alive, while maintaining social distance. More importantly, we would like to bring positive energy to our clients through the Personality Dimensions® training program. We hope people could take their minds off the stress related to COVID-19 in the few hours they are learning about Personality Dimensions® and enjoying the outdoors.

Although we have been conducting Personality Dimensions® training for many years, we have never delivered a PD workshop in the wild outdoors. Therefore, we consulted Plain Hiker, a company which specializes in designing trail journeys to meet different learning goals.

After detailed planning and route testing, we finally conducted our first PD in the Wild at Tung Chung on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. We had 12 participants and to minimize social contact associated with the distribution of assessment materials, we asked them to complete PD-Online prior to the outdoor workshop. This not only saved us from having to carry all the assessment materials to the outdoor site, it also allowed the participants to complete the assessment in a location of their choice.

In terms of activities, we designed them with social distancing in mind. For brightening, we modified the Survivor Challenge from the Team Building Toolkit by asking each brightened group to find 10 essential items for their survival on the island. For blending, we developed a Campfire activity, and asked blended groups to start their own campfire with the materials provided. We then finished the day with Circle of Self.

We did not have a computer and screen to go through the PowerPoint presentation in the outdoor setting, but we used the PD for Youth pamphlet as a guide to go through the core needs, characteristics, likes, skills, strengths and potential weakness. We also decided to just give out the score sheet from the online report on the day of the event, and send out the soft copy of the full profile report after the event has been completed.

Overall, we had a lot of fun, and the feedback was positive for PD in the Wild! I think using PD-Online is a good way to minimize contact, and holding activities in the outdoors is a great way for our participants to get a breath of fresh air. We still have a lot of improvements to make for PD in the Wild, but I think we are off to a great outdoors start!

Angela W. Y. Shik is a Personality Dimensions Master Trainer. She is the Director of Dr Motivate, the Distributor or Personality Dimensions® training materials and programs in Hong Kong and Macau SAR, People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan.

All three cofounders of Plain Hiker, Judy Chen, Heyman Chan, and Ferdinand Tsang are certified Personality Dimensions® Level 1 Facilitators

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays from all of us at CLSR and Personality Dimensions. 2020 has been a challenging year, and we would like to thank everyone that has stuck through it with us. We look forward to working with you again in 2021 with a new set of challenges and successes. In the meantime, wishing you and your family a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season.

Our office will be closed from December 23rd, 20202 until January 4th, 2021.

~The CLSR & Personality Dimensions Team

Professional Development for Personality Dimensions Trainers

A few months ago I was catching up with Sandra Summerhayes and she mentioned that she had just finished a great Personality Dimensions… online! At that point we had been kept very busy answering some often frantic “how do ” calls from Personality Dimensions facilitators. Sandra mentioned that she was thinking about putting something together to help facilitators take their training online, and asked when we thought she should start offering it. My immediate thought was “yesterday!” Because this workshop is designed to address the very issue we had been getting calls about, I thought I’d share this information.

Since then, Sandra has offered this workshop many times to sold-out audiences. I just checked with her to see how registration for the September Delivering PD in the Virtual World workshop is going and was surprised to learn that there are still a small handful of spaces available.

As John Maxwell once said ‘Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.’ As Personality Dimensions facilitators adapting to the new normal, (whatever that’s going to become) this growth opportunity lies in taking the original Personality Dimensions content and adapting it to an ever-evolving virtual landscape. The content remains the same, the delivery method is changing.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this growth opportunity visit https://sandrasummerhayes.com/virtual-training/

Yours, from the back office…

Denise Hughes is the Director and owner of 

Denise Headshot

CLSR Inc. and general editor of Personality Dimensions® materials and products. She just noticed the calendar and realized it is just past the 44th 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 CLSR and Personality Dimensions® take.

Personality Dimensions® – Happy Holidays

Processed with VSCO with q1 presetDo you remember that old ‘blessing’ – “May you live in interesting times?” Well, 2018 has been “interesting” indeed, but in a good way!

In January we went to CANNEXUS – it really is an essential place to catch up with many of our colleagues, friends and clients, despite the winter weather that Ottawa can throw at you. So many people dropped by our booth, renewing acquaintances or introducing themselves, and from all parts of this great nation, that it was both an exhausting and exhilarating experience. Events such as CANNEXUS often provide the genesis of new ideas for ways we can better serve our clients and this one was no exception. We look forward to seeing everyone again at CANNEXUS 2019 this January.

A good part of this year has been spent creating new online versions of Personality Dimensions® and we launched PD Basics (the lower literacy version of Personality Dimensions®) Online in the late spring. Immediately we swung into developing a PD for Youth Online assessment and report which is currently in the final stages of beta testing. PD for Youth Online material, along with the PD for Youth Foundations Facilitator Guide and PowerPoint, by Emil Boychuk, will be available early in 2019.

Another new initiative that we are working on is creating a Personality Dimensions® “Ambassador” program. The first of these, under the Ambassadorship of Jane Harnadek, is the Conversations in Colour event scheduled for April 26, 2019. These short learning and networking events will set the standard for opportunities to learn more about specific applications from coast to coast – and beyond – once we figure out the intricacies of recording and broadcasting.

We have also been working with the publisher of the COPSystem to provide online access to this incredibly powerful suite of tools, complete with Canadian NOC codes. This new system is now available and the initial response to it has been both very encouraging and exciting.

Our 2019 catalogue, which is going to press as I write this, will feature new assessments and videos from JIST Career Solutions. Many of you will recognize them immediately for their very well-known and respected instruments such as the BESI, the RESI and the CEI and CEI-EZ to name but a few.

As you may know, I am particularly keen on supporting good quality resources from Canadian sources and the materials from the Winnipeg Transition Centre are no exception. In fact, very shortly into 2019 we will be adding 3 new workbooks to our offerings. These are great, “where the rubber hits the road” workbooks that clients can work with independently or in groups to supplement or reinforce their work with career development professional.

In addition to attending selected conferences, like CANNEXUS and Perspectives, CLSR is also committed to supporting opportunities for professional growth. To that end we work closely with several organizations to support their work, including the CDPCBO (Career Development Professionals Certification Board of Ontario) and we had the pleasure of once again attending their AGM/Professional Development event this past Fall.

You know, when I sat down at this computer and stared at the blank screen I had no idea what I was going to write, now I’m lapsing dangerously into “putting the reader to sleep” territory so I’ll cut it short with this.

barefoot2Each of us at CLSR is proud to support local community initiatives so, in place of sending Holiday greeting cards we have made a contribution to the local Salvation Army for their work in our community. As well, our small staff of 5 people has collected over 150 pairs of socks to be distributed to homeless individuals in Aurora/Newmarket by Inn from the Cold as well as 40+ hats/scarves and mittens. It is important to us to be available to help others.

Our wish for you at this Christmas time is that your heart and home will be richly blessed with love, joy and lasting happiness this joyful season and throughout 2019.

Yours, from the back office …

Denise Hughes is the Director and owner of Denise HeadshotCLSR Inc. and general editor of Personality Dimensions® materials and products. She just noticed the calendar and realized it is just past the 44th 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 – Visit us at CSTD!

Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. publisher of Personality Dimensions® is a proud supporter of the Canadian Society for Training and Development and we’re excited to be a part of the 2014 Conference and Trade Show.

We would like to invite you to visit us at booth # 204 at the CSTD Tradeshow. The Trade Show is open Thursday November 13th from 10am-6pm and Friday November 14th from 9:30am-1:30pm and is free to attend!  Online registration is now closed, but you can still register at the door for free!

We will be debuting Sales Dimensions™ at the show, and will have special pricing on select Personality Dimensions® products!

Looking forward to seeing you there!