Personality Dimensions® – Meet the Master Trainers

Continuing in our series of introducing our Master Trainers, it’s truly a great pleasure for me to introduce Dr. Roberta Neault. I’ve known Roberta for so long now that it’s hard for me to remember a time when we weren’t working on, or refining, some project or other. She’s a soft-spoken but powerful and extremely effective force in shaping career development in Canada and been recognized and awarded for her commitment nationally and internationally. It’s actually very difficult to keep track of Roberta. When I send her an e-mail I never know from what part of the globe she will respond! For me it’s been a tremendous pleasure and privilege to know and work with Roberta. Most recently we had a few brief moments of catch-up time while registering at the hotel for the Cannexus conference – and in truly wonderful Authentic Blue fashion she greeted me with a great warm, open smile and a hug.

Roberta’s been involved with Personality Dimensions® from long before we actually published any of the materials and I am very grateful to her for sharing her expertise with all of us and her commitment to Personality Dimensions®. If you ever get the chance to hear Roberta at a conference or have a cup of coffee with her count it as a real privilege, I know that I do.

In her own words …

Roberta-Neault-160x240“It’s interesting to reflect on my history with Personality Dimensions® – I can recall providing feedback on some of the earliest materials before the tool was even officially launched. Then there was a transitional period when I had training booked for True Colors Level 1 and 2 and had to sort out what to do when I knew that Personality Dimensions® was almost ready to go public. We gave those participants “two for the price of one” and certified them in both models at the same time – that took a lot of binders! I then provided Bridging training for hundreds, perhaps over a thousand, True Colors trainers to equip them to transition to the new tools. Our Level 2 trainees have come from the UK, the US, and all parts of Canada and I’ve facilitated Personality Dimensions® workshops with clients from throughout Asia, South and Central America, North America, Europe, and Africa – it resonates with groups of diverse ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.

I’ve had the privilege of expanding the Personality Dimensions® suite of resources by writing and/or co-authoring most of the Personality Dimensions® Toolkits for Trainers, working on the Retirement Dimensions tool and toolkit, and co-developing the Level 1 Online Training with Dr. Deirdre Pickerell and the support of our team at Life Strategies Ltd. One of the most challenging projects was developing PD Basics as it was intended to be useful for two very distinct audiences – English language learners and individuals with low literacy. We had to ensure that the language was clear and simple but not insulting, suitable for adults who might speak English fluently but struggle with reading but also for adults who might be very well educated but struggle to understand English. We also wanted the tool to be useful in a mixed group, not singling out individuals who would have struggled with the regular package but seamlessly equipping them to keep up with the assessment activities. The PD Basics materials have achieved all of those goals!

I’ve been especially impressed with the publishers, Career/LifeSkills Resources – they have been so open to feedback, supportive of extending the suite of resources, and responsive to trainers’ needs. I also appreciate the enthusiasm of the family of Personality Dimensions® trainers. I recall attending a conference in the Maritime region where one exhibitor was eagerly introducing me to the Personality Dimensions® products at her table and all of the benefits of using Personality Dimensions® until she suddenly noticed that my name tag matched the author’s name for most of the books on her table!

I’ve used Personality Dimensions® in a variety of settings but one of my most memorable moments was with a group of hospice volunteers. As you’d expect, many of them had strong preferences for Authentic Blue and, of course, kept trying to engage their dying residents and family members in the types of creative activities that Authentic Blues tend to love. They were frustrated by the lack of interest and appreciation that they were getting from some people – what an “aha moment” when they recognized that not everyone wants to spend their final days scrapbooking or telling stories! Personality Dimensions® is SUCH a wonderful tool for helping us to recognize and celebrate both similarities AND differences!”

 

Credentials: Canadian Certified Counsellor, Certified Career Development Practitioner, Global Career Development Facilitator – Instructor, Personality Dimensions Master Trainer

Degrees: PhD (Educational Psychology), MA (Counselling Psychology), BEd (Special Education / Psychology)

You can reach Roberta through the Life Strategies website: www.lifestrategies.ca, at roberta@lifestrategies.ca or the Life Strategies office:  604-856-2386  Follow her on Twitter: @RobertaNeault

Personality Dimensions® – It’s World Creativity and Innovation Week

wciw_full_num_73kDid you know that World Creativity and Innovation Week is April 15th to April 21st?

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone felt the strength, and the social and emotional support to navigate life’s challenges?

World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) April 15 – 21 and World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 (WCID) reminds us to make solving problems in new ways an annual event.

The overall purpose is to encourage and remind people to use their creativity (generating new ideas, making new decisions, taking new actions and achieving new outcomes) for innovation that makes the world a better place and makes their place in the world better too.

WCIW/D promotes taking the time to inspire new action, create novel ideas, make new decisions; to solve problems in new ways, using a new pair of eyes.  It provides time to educate, engage, celebrate and open doors that help people experience freedom from suffering and open up to new worlds of what’s possible.

Since its founding as World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2001 in Canada, people in over 50 countries in businesses, schools, associations, organizations, communities and homes have celebrated every year.

Source: http://wciw.org

 

marci2World Creativity and Innovation day founder Marci Segal has been a great friend of Career/LifeSkills Resources, and Personality Dimensions®; her work and ideas have either directly or indirectly influenced what we do.  Last year, Marci shared with us an article on how the four Personality Dimensions® influence creativity. It’s a great resource that is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t had the chance yet.

This year, we are pleased to share that On April 20, 2017, 10:00 am eastern, I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the United Nations from St. Vincent and the Grenadines will read a UN resolution on the floor of the General Assembly to include World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, among the UN Days of Observance which includes Earth Day, Water Day, World Humanitarian Day, and the like.

The great news is that it will be webcast Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 10:00 Eastern Time on UNWebTv.  The staff here will be gathering together to watch; we’re not quite sure how to make that happen yet, but I’m confident we’ll come up with a creative solution!

Find out more on World Creativity and Innovation Week at http://wciw.org.  Follow Marci on twitter @marcisegal.

Personality Dimensions® Master Trainers

Did you know that Personality Dimensions® has an elite group of master trainers?

The list of Personality Dimensions® Master Trainers is very small. This group is comprised of people who have made substantial contributions to the growth of Personality Dimensions® through research and development. Several of the longest-standing members have retired and periodically we award Master Trainer status to Level II facilitators who have made this type of contribution.

In the coming weeks, we will post more about the newest members to the group – something I am remiss in not doing a while ago; as well as more about the long standing members. We want to show you how Personality Dimensions® is truly a plaid in and of itself – created my an amazing team. You may want to connect with one or more if you have shared interests or with questions that they might be able to assist you with, or just to say hello and renew acquaintances.

Personality Dimensions® continues to evolve, in large part, because of the work and research that these people have put into it – and often in response to requests that other facilitators have made for more information. You asked for it, you shaped it and you continue to evolve it through your suggestions, comments and feedback.

 

Yours, from the back office … Denise

 

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 it 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® – I Have Bought In, aka Climbing Trees

dsc_0066During a train-the-trainer session a few years ago I had the opportunity to meet an interesting new facilitator.  At the end of the three days of training, he came up to me and said, “I see where this is going, but I just haven’t bought in yet.” He is a high Inquiring Green and I could see that he needed more time to process the information and see it play out in real time before he was going to commit to the model.

A few months later I received a phone call from him.  He started the conversations with, “I have bought in.” I immediately knew who it was … even though he didn’t say so … and couldn’t wait to hear the story that I was sure came with the conversion. This is what he told me.

‘I am working with a youth group. It is a week long program and we spend the first part of the Monday morning going over the agenda, general housekeeping issues, etc. We were scheduled to do the Personality Dimensions® workshop that afternoon. At the lunch break we were all outside; it was a nice day and there is a picnic table under a tree close by so everyone went there to eat lunch.

Three of the young men were chatting in a group and I overheard one say,“Bet you I can climb this tree!” the other two started to laugh as the tree didn’t look like one that a teenager would be able to climb very high in.  There were a few, “Cannot!,” “Can so!” comments going back and forth.

At the other end of the picnic table two other participants sat listening to this conversation. They both looked at the tree, and the young man and started to talk about the likelihood of him being able to climb, how high he might be able to go, the actual weight each branch could hold, if he should climb close to the trunk, etc.

Two other participants looked worried that he might actually attempt the climb. They voiced their concern, “What if you get hurt?” and “You might fall!”

One other young woman felt it was import to remind them all, “We are only out here to have lunch. We aren’t allowed to climb trees.”

Well, of course the young man wasn’t to be put off so up he went. Higher and higher he climbed. The two who had been part of the original conversation encouraging him all the way, “Go! Go! Lookin’ good!  Keep going!”  The two young women who were so concerned for his safety watched on with concern etched on their faces and fear in their eyes. The young men on the other end of the table continued to watch in total fascination as he passed the point at which they felt he could climb no more. The woman concerned that tree climbing was not on the agenda ran over to the Facilitator in the hopes he would do something and make it all stop.

It was at that moment that our young tree climber lost his grip and came crashing down through the branches, bounced off the picnic table, landed hard on the grass and immediately jumped to his feet with the traditional cry of, “I’m ok! I’m ok!”

His two cohorts in crime were elated and whooped with joy; racing to him and thumping him on the back. All smiling broadly. The two young ladies rushed in saying, “Are you alright? Are you ok? You should lie down, you might have a concussion or a broken bone!” The two at the end of the picnic table didn’t even move, but were now comparing notes on why they thought he was able to climb even higher than anticipated and about how the branches worked to break his fall. Our young woman who had warned all this wasn’t a good idea in the first place stormed over to get her two cents in, “I told you we weren’t supposed to be climbing trees!! Are you trying to get us all in trouble?”

The facilitator, sitting back, made note of how each responded to the situation. Three Resourceful Oranges were involved in the climbing and the encouraging of it. Two Authentic Blues worried someone might get hurt.  Two Inquiring Greens analyzed the play-by-play. One Organized Gold tried to keep everyone on plan. He wrote down his findings and waited to see if these were truly the primary colours they discovered when they did Personality Dimension that afternoon and, of course, they were.

At the end of the week he called to report, “I have bought in.”

 

Karen KloibhoferKaren Kloibhofer, Level II Personality Dimensions® Trainer is a Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Consultant with Fanshawe College with over 20 years in employability – helping match good employee candidates with the right mentor/employer.  She feels that for any career, and apprenticeship in particular, finding the right personality match between a mentor and the new employee is the key to a successful mentoring partnership.  www.karenkloibhofer.com

Personality Dimensions® – New Web-Based Assessment Application

Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. Celebrates Launch of New Web-Based Assessment Application.

Leading Personality Assessment Publisher Creates New User Experience Application for Personality Dimensions Online.

main-page-monitorAurora, ON: Today, Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc., a leading publisher of career development and organizational development materials, specializing in personality assessments, announced the launch of their new web-based assessment application, CLSRassessments.co.  Since launching Personality Dimensions® Online 7 years ago, Career/LifeSkills has seen exponential growth with Certified Trainers around the world.  Existing clients who would like to switch to the new application today can contact info@clsr.ca or 1-877-680-0200 with their request.

Upon seeing the newly developed CLSRassessments web application, Career/LifeSkills Resources Director, Denise Hughes remarked, “After many months of hard work and refinement I am absolutely delighted to see the new, fully revised and mobile friendly, CLSRassessments web application. It has been a labour of love that came about as a direct result of the feedback that we’ve received from our clients around the world. The new look and feel, along with the new features are sure to benefit everyone.”

Redevelopment of the application has taken several months, mindfully incorporating the feedback and suggestions from Certified Trainers who have utilized the previous application as part of their toolkit.  New features include:

  • Full mobile accessibility. Facilitators and clients can access the application using a smart phone, tablet, iPad, netbook, laptop, or desktop anywhere in the world with internet access.
  • New assessment reports: Updated and refreshed, each assessment has a newly designed/researched report.

 

About the company: Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. is a publisher and distributor of career development and organizational development materials, specializing in assessments, curriculums, videos, and books.  Founded in 1998 Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. has prided itself in listening to its clients, and offering the best resources based to meet their needs.  Career/LifeSkills Resouces Inc. launched its premier resource, Personality Dimensions® in 2003 which has been experienced by over 1 million individuals to date.

Personality Dimensions – What You See, What You Hear

Big-Group-of-PeopleMichael Tudor (Personality Dimensions® Master Trainer) had his class of Teacher Candidates at the University of Toronto complete the face to face Personality Dimensions® assessment. Michael then asked them to select someone they knew to do the assessment. Could they gain some insight about their subject’s top colour preference by either the way they responded to the request or while they were completing the assessment? To this end the teacher candidates were encouraged to pay attention to verbal and/or non-verbal cues.

They were asked to document their subject’s reactions under the title “What you see, what you hear.”

Here are some of the more telling, revealing and amusing responses…

Authentic Blue:

1) Eager and willing participant. Very attentive. Closed by saying: “I hope you get a good grade.”

2) He said “I would be more than happy to help you”. Very inviting and welcoming. Concerned with final score. At the end said “Oh is that all? Do you want me to help you by answering any other questions?

3) She asked if the questions were hard. Was worried about doing well.

4) Very interested in helping me with the assignment. Attentive and conscientious throughout the process. Was happy to connect with the Authentic Blue picture card.

Inquiring Green:

1) Asked a billion questions. Was impressed that I actually had background knowledge. Analysed every word and looked them up in the dictionary. Took the entire process very seriously.

2) Although at the outset my subject had no preliminary questions pertaining to the exercise, he did begin to analyse the validity of the assessment and my subjectivity in administering it. He questioned the ability of this assessment to accurately define who he is.

3) Questions as follows: “How long will this take? Do I really need to do this? Should I leave the TV on or off? Why Me? I don’t need a long explanation. Just get to the point”

4) Seriously examined the pictures on the cards for a very long time. Then uttered “This is so stupid. Someone associated a picture with a colour? I mean the organized gold card should be the colour green because green represents money (pointing at the dollar sign on the organized gold card). The green card should be brown or grey….. Why do psychologists major in this area if they can’t even get the colours right? Who are they to set such standards? “

5) “Do you think I know myself well enough to answer those questions truthfully and get accurate results?” When he was assured that this was a logically designed assessment, this seemed to assuage his anxiety about the prospect of having to reflect on his feelings

Organized Gold:

1) Took the assessment very seriously. Took time to rearrange the cards until he was satisfied with the results. Very concerned about performing the requirements to the best of his ability.

2) For the assessment to be completed, I had to schedule it ahead of time. In addition, the day before the assessment I was told that it had to be completed by a certain time because something else had been planned afterwards. Wanted no interruptions. Read all instructions twice. The common reaction to all the Resourceful Orange traits was “Absolutely not me.”

3) Followed my instructions to the letter. No indecision on which cards or words were preferred. Wanted all the numbers on the Traits and Characteristics pressure sensitive sheet to be written inside the boxes. Misplaced one number and requested a new assessment.

4) Very willing to assist. Asked the following ‘When are we going to do this? How long will it take? Scheduled time during second intermission of hockey game. Became annoyed when it took longer than expected and missed part of third period. Started whining “Can I watch TV now?

Resourceful Orange:

1) When approached about the assessment he said very little. During the assessment he just did what I asked him to do while stating that he hates following instructions. However very focused and calm despite the fact that we were in a noisy downtown bar where he was able to take a haul off his cigarette and a sip of his pint.

2) Interested at first. At times only physically present. Kept changing radio stations. Questions such as “How much longer? Must you explain it all? Later began to appreciate the results.

3) While completing the card sort, the subject lay on his back, hands behind head; then shifted to lie on one side with head propped up by one arm. Although excited to find out the colour spectrum, was disappointed that there was work to be done.

4) When first mentioned on the phone, she quickly interrupted me to declare that she thought she was Orange. Just like that!!! Trying to tell her more was of no use. She would not listen and suggested that I go ahead with the assessment before she would even see the cards. When I finally got her to sort the picture cards she visually scanned them quickly and again declared “It’s Orange, I already told you”. When I mentioned that there were several more steps (i.e. other dimensions) she rolled her eyes and grudgingly went through the process. In the end I ended up having to complete the score sheet for her while she demanded to know whether we were done finally and “could we go to that movie now”.  Oh, in the meantime, she also managed to select a colour for me.

M's Face 2011 ParkMichael Tudor M.Ed is a Personality Dimensions® Master Trainer who has been involved with Personality Dimensions® from its inception in 2003. Together with his partner Larry Konyu (also a Personality Dimensions® Master Trainer) he is the author of Differentiated Instruction: Personality Dimensions and Learning Styles and creator of the DVD, The Lighter Side of Talking In Colour.

As president of Kondor Enterprises and a Level 3 Master Trainer, Michael conducts Personality Dimensions® workshops for high schools, universities and the corporate sector. He also leads Level 1 and 2 Personality Dimensions® certification programs about throughout the year.

Visit Michael’s website at www.kondor.ca, or connect with him at michaeltudor@rogers.com.

Personality Dimensions® Statistics

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

It’s that time of year again when the PD Stats Robot (patent pending) finally gets to take a rest after crunching a year’s worth of Personality Dimensions® workshop statistics.  The PD Stats Robot and the rest of the staff at Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. would like to thank all of 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 11 years, you will notice very little change with them over time.  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

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 PD for Youth™.

We ask that every time you conduct an Introductory or Application Session that your keep track of your participants’ Primary Colour Preference, and Introversion/Extraversion preference.  You can find a 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 stats@clsr.ca.  You can also submit your statistics through the web at: http://www.personalitydimensions.com/submit-your-statistics.

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.

Personality Dimensions® – Greetings from Hong Kong

It seems like yesterday when I delivered my very first Personality Dimensions® workshop in Hong Kong in July 2005 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Continuing Education Program!  From then onward, we started training qualified Personality Dimensions®  Trainers in Hong Kong, and translating the materials into Chinese.  To date, we are an active network of 1,171 Level 1 Trainers and 53 Level 2 Facilitators in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Macau!  We have developed the Chinese Participant pack (which is translated from the English Basic version), Chinese Dimension Cards, Chinese Picture Card and Poster Card, Chinese Career Dimensions, and Personality Dimensions® Manual and Building Blocks.

2016-06-09 20.40.23We held our very first Talking in Colour on January 23, 2016 which was well attended by trainers, and we decided we should continue this tradition so that the trainers have a platform to share their experiences and learn about new Personality Dimensions®  materials.

Stay tuned for the pre-order of Chinese PD for Youth.   We have just completed the translation of the PD for Youth Dimension and Picture Cards, PD for Youth Participant Pack, and PD for Youth Power Point Presentation CD.   We will be posting the link for pre-ordering in the next week or two!   The items will be offers at 30% discount during the pre-order period.  We have also begun the translation of the 2nd edition of the Personality Dimensions® Manual and Building Blocks.  Last but not least, we are working on the development of the Chinese PD-Online system.  We encountered major programming problems, which delayed our launch in the beginning of 2016.  We have to painfully decide to scrap the whole system and start from scratch again.  The good news is we have found a great programmer, who is working on the system as we speak.  The expected delivery date of the Chinese PD- Online system is October 2016.  We will keep you posted of any new developments.

Please feel free to drop me a line or two…or drop by when you venture out to Hong Kong!

Have a great summer!

 

Angela ShikAngela Shik, PhD MSW is a PD Master Trainer the Director of Dr Motivate  – Distributor of Personality Dimensions materials in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan.  She can be reached at angela@drmotivate.com.  Her office is at Level 15 Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Personality Dimensions® – Certificate of Attendance

PD Certificate of attendanceWe asked … and you answered! Yes, you wanted a “certificate of attendance” that certified Personality Dimensions Certified Trainers® can provide for your workshop attendees and we have one available.

Check out http://www.personalitydimensions.com/additional-resources to see what we’ve come up with. It is modifiable – you can either print out and hand write in the name of the participant and the date, then sign each certificate or you can create a file that you can modify to include the name of the participant and date in a pre-printed format, then print out each certificate and sign them personally.

We included a brief overview of some of the key points that are covered in an introductory Personality Dimensions® workshop and that we felt would add value to the certification if it was part of an employment portfolio.

Rather than have the certificate generally available to all who might visit the website, you must request that the file be sent to you. It will only, of course, be sent to Personality Dimensions Certified Trainers.

Keep your comments and suggestions coming … we listen!

Personality Dimensions® – Happy Canada Day!

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Happy Canada Day from all the staff at Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. – Personality Dimensions’ publisher.  Our office will close at 3:30pm EST (thanks boss!), and will reopen Monday July 4th.  Have a safe and happy long weekend!