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® – PD on PD

pexels-photo-1059120.jpegI have been thinking a lot about professional development lately… I can’t help it, I’m up to my eyeballs in it being enrolled in two courses, and going to the Perspectives Conference on June 11th -12th.  As professionals, consultants, and trainers we are often so focused on the professional development needs of our clients, and overlook what we can be doing for ourselves, and our coworkers, using the skills and materials that we already have at hand.  How many of you have set some time aside to do a Personality Dimensions® Awareness or Application session with your colleagues?  Not only does it help build a better understanding of ourselves, but help understand the motivations and behaviours of clients too.  Also, don’t forget that attendance in a Personality Dimensions Workshop counts towards CEUs for a number of organizations, including CCDP (Certified Career Development Practitioner) re-certification across Canada.

With staff constantly reporting higher caseloads, and the pressures of home increasing, consider facilitating a Personality Dimensions® Work-Life Balance workshop with your colleagues, where they will:

  • Identify how each of the four colours perceives
  • Identify unique ways others prioritize roles and responsibilities
  • Learn strategies and techniques to ensure a level of balance that is personally “just right”
  • Recognize different ways people act and react when they are struggling to find balance in their lives.

Not only will this help the attitudes and productivity in the workplace, but this knowledge can be taken home and shared with partners, family, and others who are important.

Of course part of achieving a solid work/life balance includes having a cohesive work team. To help this along, consider a Personality Dimensions® Team Building workshop.  Your colleagues will:

  • Identify their personal styles and preferred methods of communication
  • Recognize and appreciate the diverse styles of colleagues
  • Learn strategies for adjusting communication to be heard by others
  • Minimize destructive conflict while maximizing understanding and open communication
  • Recognize behaviours that indicate that a team member is stressed or struggling
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the individual contributions to the team and how collaborations can make the team’s results greater than the sum of individual contributions

Work teams that have a better understanding of each other just makes for a more pleasant workplace.  Understanding why people act the way they do, makes us less likely to take things personally, and see things from a different perspective.  Not only does this help us in the workplace, but in all areas of life as well.

Let us know in the comments below if you have run a Personality Dimensions® workshop for your colleagues.  How did it work out?  Were there any great “ah ha” moments?  What kinds of professional development are you and your staff engaging in?

BradBrad Whitehorn, BA is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Career/LifeSkills Resources 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® – We’re More than Personality!

CLSR Logo_colourPersonality Dimensions® was officially launched 14 years ago, after many years of research and development; but did you know what else helped influence its development over the years?  Personality Dimensions®  is published by CLSR (Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc) – a company now located in Aurora, Ontario Canada.  We’ve been in Career Development for a long time; our company’s Founder and Director, Denise Hughes has been in the industry since 1974.

While Personality Dimensions® is a great tool to use for Career Development, Career Management, Professional Development; however we recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to resources.  That is why we publish and distribute a variety of different resources for different needs.  If you are looking for Assessments, Videos, Curricula, or Workbooks, we’ve got you covered!

 

Molly
Molly Hughes, Office Dog, and Head of Human Resources.

Have a look at www.clsr.ca to see the variety of resources we carry.  Got any questions? Give us a call at 1-877-680-0200.  While you’re at it, check out our blog on Career Development Resources http://clsresrources.wordpress.com.  If you find yourself in the area, drop by to see what we’ve got, and spend some time with the office dog, Molly.