Personality Dimensions – Remembering Kate Jones

kateIt is a sad day for the CLSR family today; it is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Kate Jones.  Kate was an amazing person that touched the lives of many individuals, and was many things to many people; trainer, author, editor, coach; but most important, she was our friend.

Kate together with her husband Wayne have been continuous supporters of us over the years. Their contributions have been valuable in making Personality Dimensions what it is today.  Kate was always up for a new project and tackling new challenges.

There was no such thing as a quick phone call or visit with Kate, but for good reason. Her upbeat personality and positivity was no short of amazing, and you would just want to keep talking. Conversations that started out as business would turn into conversations about family adventures, until she would eventually say “we should probably get back to business.”  While we’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Kate and Wayne’s children and grandchildren, we feel like we already know them. Kate was also their greatest cheerleader and so proud of their accomplishments.

In honour of Kate, go out today and do something positive; be someone’s cheerleader and don’t be afraid to take on a new challenge.

Kate’s family is planning a celebration of life in the near future.

Personality Dimensions® – More isn’t always better

PD-PictureWhile I have had the chance to meet with lots of great people at conferences, workshops, and networking events, my role at CLSR is very much behind the scenes. If you call our office, and I pick up the phone, it’s usually because the customer service team is busy with other clients; we really try our hardest to not let calls go to voicemail.  In today’s world of AI and automation, it’s kind of nice to connect with an actual human from time to time. Since I don’t often have the opportunity talk to clients and find out what’s going on in their individual worlds, I need to talk to our customer service team to know what’s up.  Really they’re great people and they’ve got interesting things to share as long as they’ve had their morning coffee.

One of the questions that keeps coming up has to do with the number of Personality Dimensions® Cards that should be used in an introductory workshop. In addition to the Picture Cards there are Life Values, In Communications, At Work, In Conflict, Relationships, and In Communications Cards. All of these cards were developed to be used in specific contexts, and for the most part shouldn’t all be used at the same time.  There are some guidelines about this in the manual, but as a general rule of thumb, more isn’t always better. From my personal experience I like to recommend the Picture, Life Values, and In Communications cards if you’re leading an introductory workshop; the one in Building Blocks.  If you’re working with one of the Toolkits, or any other kind of applications then you can add in the appropriate cards.

Personality Dimensions® Online through CLSRassessments.com has really taken off over the past few years with more and more trainers making the switch all the time. If you’ve ever tried it, you’ll know why; it frees up a bunch of time when you have face-to-face time with your clients, and it lets you know their personality preferences before you start your training. It’s very tempting to click the checkboxes beside each of the cards when you’re sending your clients the invitation to take the assessment; why not, it doesn’t cost any extra. But in reality you might be doing your clients a disservice and missing out on an opportunity for yourself in the future.

PD-RelationshipsSelecting all of the Personality Dimensions® Cards means your clients will have to spend more time focusing on the assessment, and we all know what is happening to attention spans these days. It doesn’t make the assessment any more or less valid. In fact Personality Dimensions® was validated using the Life Values in combination with two other cards.  When your clients get to see their results and see blanks on their score sheet, someone will inevitably ask why. That’s your chance as an entrepreneur to sell them on an application session, and let them know that they will get a chance to experience those, when you come back. Isn’t it great to turn a question into an opportunity?

When you come across things you’re not sure about with Personality Dimensions® reach out to us, we’re always happy to have a chat.

 

Brad

Brad Whitehorn – BA, CCDP is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator at CLSR Inc.  He was thrown in to the career development field headfirst after completing a Communications degree in 2005, and hasn’t looked back!  Since then, Brad has worked on the development, implementation and certification for various career and personality assessments (including Personality Dimensions®), making sure that Career Development Practitioners get the right tools to best serve their clients

Personality Dimensions® Meet the Authors

Lynn DennisWhen I look back on my career I am often reminded how fortunate I’ve been to know so many great people. And it always amazes me how often the same people have shown up at various points throughout my working life (which, let’s face it, has been rather long so I guess the odds are in favour of this happening, but I still find it surprising). One such person is a colleague who, if I recall correctly, I connected with through a now-defunct professional association in the late ‘80’s or early ‘90’s. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Lynn Dennis, co-author of PD for Youth Foundations Facilitators Guide.

Lynn Dennis was introduced to temperament theory in 1992 when she started working at the Etobicoke Career Centre with Carol Tumber. This knowledge and self-awareness has benefitted all aspects of her personal and working life.

Lynn continues to use Personality Dimensions® with career counselling clients, colleagues, friends and family.

In training, Lynn never shares her dominant colour. Rather, she wants everyone to think that she is “their colour” and therefore understands the integral parts of their temperament. It is always important that the workshops are delivered honouring all four temperaments … and that the workshops are well organized, delivered in a timely fashion, with lots of practical handouts.

Degrees:  B.P.H.E (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (University of Western Ontario), Ontario Teaching Certificate with Guidance and Physical Education Specialist, OCT (Ontario Colleges of Teacher), Certificate in Guiding Circles, Personality Dimensions Level III Master Trainer, and is qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

 

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 CLSR and Personality Dimensions® take.

Personality Dimensions® for Youth Foundations

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As many Personality Dimensions® facilitators are aware, we have an ongoing commitment to continuous research and development of Personality Dimensions® materials. For the last year or so we’ve focussed that commitment on recognizing the diverse needs of the youth population and developing materials that support the very timely and much needed Youth Employment initiatives across the country.

Following extensive beta testing this past Fall – with our sincere thanks to all who participated – it’s my real pleasure to announce that the PD for Youth™ online assessment is now available! The accompanying PD for Youth Foundations™ Facilitators Guide will be available on February 26th.

Want to take a test drive of the PD for Youth™ online assessment? Email or call us, and we’ll be delighted to provide you with a complimentary credit on your online account.

What makes the PD for Youth™ online assessment and Foundations Facilitator Guide unique is that they were designed for youth in youth employment and/or career development settings. Unlike the classic materials, PD for Youth™ is tailored to suit the needs and experiences of this age group, encouraging them to explore their values, how they see themselves while learning, with their friends and family and in the world of work. Facilitators can adapt the content of the Foundations guide to suit the direction and time frame that they need to work effectively with their youth group.

In addition to leading your participants through an introductory Personality Dimensions® workshop, the Foundations Guide also walks you through a career building application workshop.

Activities include:

  • Identifying key strengths brought to the workplace by each colour
  • Preparing for an informational interview
  • Exploring job search methods

Handouts and PowerPoint® presentation for both the introductory session as well as the career building workshop are all included. The PD for Youth Foundations™ Facilitators Guide is packaged onto a USB drive for portability and easy access on current technology.

I can’t speak for anyone else, of course, but I am personally delighted to be able to bring these great, immediately useful resources to you.

Yours, from the back office.

~Denise

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 CLSR and Personality Dimensions® take.

Personality Dimensions® – Meet the Master Trainers

emil photoOver the last few years it has become increasingly clear to me that we needed to do more to support Personality Dimensions® facilitators who were working with youth. To that end we have developed an online report as well as Youth Participant Packs. But it wasn’t enough. Having a facilitator’s guide, which took into consideration age and experience levels appropriate for youth, was the next logical step. I turned to Emil Boychuk for help. I have known Emil for many years and was well aware of the work that he and a core group of Personality Dimensions® facilitators within the Toronto District School Board had already done, including mapping out a lot of activities and workshops that would be extremely valuable for working with youth in either school or employment centre settings. Graciously, he agreed and the result is the new PD for Youth Foundations Facilitators Guide. It is my privilege to introduce you to Emil Boychuk, Personality Dimensions® III Master Trainer.

Emil has been fascinated by personality theories and personal and career development his whole life. He was introduced to David Keirsey’s temperament theory and another temperament theory model while working at the Toronto Centre for Career Action, Toronto Board of Education, in 1992. Along with getting certified as a facilitator and delivering many workshops for students and school staff, Emil was involved in training other teachers and counsellors to become facilitators. With the advent of Personality Dimensions® he upgraded his training to become a Personality Dimensions® facilitator and Level II trainer. In collaboration with Lynn Dennis, Emil ran Level I training workshops for teachers and counsellors for over 10 years.

Now retired from full employment with the TDSB, however, Emil continues to be involved in helping youth with career planning through individual counselling and a work skills simulation program called “WonderTech”. He is a long-standing member, and current co-chair, of the Association of Career Educators (ACE), formerly, Association of Career Centres in Educational Settings (ACCES). ACE has been focusing on delivering workshops for parents on guiding and supporting the educational and career development of their youth (www.aceofontario.ca). He continues to facilitate Personality Dimensions® awareness workshops for youth and adults and it continues to be a great delight for him to witness people discovering great things about themselves and others.

Emil reports that Personality Dimensions® is an integral part of his life and it has enabled him to be a better husband, parent, friend, teacher, counsellor and leader counsellor and leader and to maximize his strengths as an Inquiring Green and allow his Authentic Blue to shine. He is deeply grateful for all the people in the Personality Dimensions® fold who have influenced him through their writings, conferences, workshops and collaboration.

Degrees: Degrees: B.A. (Philosophy and Literature); B. Theology (and graduate work in Ethics); graduate work in Educational Psychology; Ontario Teaching Certificate with Guidance Specialist; Masters Certificate in Constructivist Counselling. Certificate in Narrative Counselling (CareerCycles).

 

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® – 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® – Making a Difference

pexels-photo-264636.jpegEvery once in a while we get little reminders that what we do makes a difference in the lives of others. A while ago I had just such a reminder. It arrived at a time when I was wondering if the work that we do researching, developing and, ultimately, adding to the Personality Dimensions® system really did make an impact. Let me tell you a little story…

I was standing in line at the grocery store, reading the headlines of the tabloids and looking at the pictures of the cookies displayed on the cover of a couple magazines and noticed that the cashier was looking up at me every so often. My turn came and after I’d finished loading my purchases onto the belt the cashier said, “I know who you are … you’re the colours lady.” I hadn’t a clue who she was.

She told me that she was, after several years working at various jobs, going back to school to get her ECE diploma so she could work with young children. She concluded with, “… and don’t you think that’s perfect for someone who is Authentic Blue?” I agreed with her that it sounded like a great choice and she was really pleased. I still didn’t know who she was.

Finally, I told her that I was delighted she remembered her temperament/colour but I hadn’t done any training in a while so I couldn’t place her. It turned out that she had been a member of a group of high school students who prototyped the earliest Personality Dimensions® at School materials twelve years prior!

I don’t know if this young woman is now working with young children, or perhaps she’s moved on to something different. What I do know is that learning her Personality Dimensions® was a memorable experience for her and has played a role in shaping her choices. I also know that yes, what we do does make a difference. I hope that every Personality Dimensions® Facilitator knows and appreciates this responsibility, I know that I do.

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 CLSR and Personality Dimensions® take.