Personality Dimensions® – Vacationing Personalities

stil-tvllfygalea-unsplash.jpgAugust is a busy month for vacations and it got me thinking about how the four #PersonalityDimensions like to spend their time off.  With a couple of my coworkers away, leaving me with few opportunities to get into trouble, I started looking through some old files and notes. I came across a great stretching exercise that looks at vacation planning and personality stereotypes. I won’t get into the details of it, but essentially you gather groups together sorted by their palest/least preferred colour, and answer the question “what is your palest colour’s ideal vacation?” Groups then present their ideas to people that have that as their primary colour and discuss where they hit the nail on the head or missed the mark.

Turning again to my notes, I found a few gems scratched down:

  • Not all #InquiringGreens want to spend all day at a museum (especially #Extroverts), at educational conferences, or with their nose in a book.
  • Some #ResourcefulOrances like skydiving and mountain climbing, but most just want to experience new things.
  • While #OrganizedGolds value organization and structure, a laminated itinerary and a tight schedule aren’t necessary. Generally, they want to know what’s happening next.
  • Spending an entire vacation socializing with others doesn’t cut it for all #AuthenticBlues. (The #Introverts are quietly nodding in agreement) Taking part in creative activities is a favourite.

Because We Are All Plaid, our other colours will influence our choices and show us how to be flexible when vacationing with others.  So what’s your ideal vacation?  Imagine you have an unlimited budget and unlimited time; let us know in the comments below your #PersonalityDimensions and your ideal vacation.

 

Brad

Brad Whitehorn – BA, CCDP is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator at CLSR Inc.  He was thrown into 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 Big In Japan

A group of non-Japanese-engineers, who had never worked at client-oriented services, joined together and found out how insightful it is to discover one’s uniqueness in Japan! While they are colleagues, they work independently and don’t communicate much in the workplace. They worked on several different teams. Every day they follow a set schedule and deal with machining work individually. Their desire to pave a new career path brought them to Japan to work at a Japanese engineering company.

People are impressed by the Japanese work culture. There is a great deal of attention to detail, schedules are tightly maintained and there are frequent checks to ensure that they are responsible. The high quality of products made in Japan and service here is always being appreciated. Yet, in the background, there are exceptions, as shown in these participant comments.

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“Finally I realize why I easily get mad with the workplace and the leaders! They just don’t follow the manual which originally a good guide to preventing mistakes but they just don’t follow it! Even the leaders don’t do so! Everyone just takes the tools and put them on the table but not back on the corner of the table for the tools! That really puts me under stress.” said an Organized Gold engineer.

“I was so depressed when they kept asking me to find the root cause of the incidents. I explained, but they asked me to keep asking myself Why.” said a Resourceful Orange participant.

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Japanese companies always emphasize the sense of “collective” but not the individual.

They view Teamwork as having a team goal only and do not always look into the strengths and weakness of the individual, especially when placing someone in a position to raise productivity. They view Communication as the report related to the work between each process, but not as providing ways for sharing opinions from the bottom to the top. The deep collectivist working culture makes employees hesitate to express their thoughts and they may feel very guilty when human mistakes occur. This confuses foreign employees to a large extent.

“I found it’s not the REAL me now. I owned a company in my country and I took a lot of effort on the various tasks for my business. I really hate repeating the same work.” said a Resourceful Orange engineer.

“Okay, now I understand why you just told me “Okay,” and seemed unwilling to answer me any more questions when I asked if your leg was okay after the accident.” “Yes, I just wanted to stay alone and not to get any attention as I made a very loud noise when the product dropped.” An Inquiring Green and introverted engineer replied to the extravert.

“I learned how each person is unique from the other, how they behave and what makes me annoyed.” said an Authentic Blue engineer.

Quote from Aristotle, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” We hope that this small step of Personality Dimensions® entering Japanese societies will bring a new insight into human resources management and gain more popularity in Japan.

“I’ve always wanted to do such a personality assessment. I think our company should actually have something like this!” said a Pilipino engineer who has worked for over 5 years in same the company.

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Lok Cheung, Director of Always Alive Workshop, Registered Social Worker, Personality Dimensions® Facilitator (Level I)

Living abroad in Japan. Proficient in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Korean. Working hard on Spanish and Japanese.

Personality Dimensions® Statistics

PD-Stats-beachThis year we told The PD Stats Robot (patent still pending) that he couldn’t go on his vacation until he published the yearly Personality Dimensions® statistics. Working diligently with his eye on the prize, he churned out this year’s report.

Once again The PD Stats Robot and the rest of the staff at CLSR 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 14 years, you will notice very little change with them over time; In fact, there is no change from last year and the year before in the percentage breakdowns. How’s that for reliability?!?! 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 the recently released PD for Youth Online™, and PD Basics Online.

We ask that every time you conduct an Introductory or Application Session, even if you had your clients take the assessment online,  that you keep track of your participants’ Primary Colour Preference, and Introversion/Extraversion preference.  You can find a form on the USB included with your Building Blocks/Manual to do this.  Statistics can then be faxed 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 still 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.

Until next time, join us in wishing PD Stats Robot (patent still pending) safe travels and a relaxing vacation.

Personality Dimensions® – It’s All About Communication

We were talking about the early days of working with Personality Dimensions® at the office earlier today – okay, I was talking, the others were listening; they’re all from the next generation – and it reminded me of one presentation that really stands out in my memory and that has helped shape Personality Dimensions® in some ways.

I had been invited to speak at a gathering of leaders for a youth organization. There were leaders from all over southern Ontario present, a hundred or so if memory serves, including from their headquarters. I’d been given an hour or two to do to an introduction to temperament theory/Personality Dimensions® and I included an emphasis on interpersonal communications.

The lovely ladies (it was all ladies present) who volunteered their time and talents to the youth in their units all seemed to be really interested and a lot of discussion took place. The room was, to my eye, largely a sea of blue, and I’m not just talking about the uniforms. Sitting at the front, clustered around one large table were the leaders from headquarters – a very Organized Gold group, with some Authentic Blue and one Inquiring Green. Everyone, regardless of their plaid, was there because they wanted to do the very best job that they could for the kids.

anna-earl-1679846-unsplashI did the presentation and it was well received so I started to pack up and prepare for my 4 hour drive home. It took me another 2 hours to get out the door! Foregoing the break that was planned immediately after my presentation, many of the ladies gathered around to help me – and to talk about how my presentation applied to them specifically. While some talked about their kids or spouses and how they now recognized why they didn’t always see eye to eye – the usual reaction people have after they’ve been introduced to Personality Dimensions® – many wanted to talk about the actual organization. It seems that there had been some problems between headquarters and many of the leaders. Some were actually in tears (in case you don’t know me, I’m a bright Inquiring Green; tears can be a bit of a challenge for me to deal with so to say I was surprised at this reaction to my presentation would be quite the understatement)!

It quickly became clear that changes were being made to the program at the top level but no one was actually explaining why. Keep in mind that many of the ladies had been volunteering for several years, often starting when their own child wanted to join and a new leader was needed to keep the group going and then staying on long afterwards to continue to give to the next groups. They were hurt and felt a bit resentful. Now they understood a bit more about the differences in communication styles for each colour; it wasn’t personal, and was never intended to be.

I got home a bit later than I’d planned to that evening but the whole event left quite an impression on me – obviously; it took place almost two decades ago and I’m telling you about it now. If we are able, as Personality Dimensions® facilitators, to give those who we have the opportunity to speak with a greater sense of self-respect and understanding for others and in the process allow them to see the differences in communication styles for each colour – and fill in any missing gaps – we will have done a great thing!

 

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® – 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® – A Taste of Colour in Hong Kong

A Taste of Colour at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong

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It was a pleasant surprise when I received a call from the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong requesting for a 1.5-hour training on Personality Dimensions® during their immigration section annual retreat.  This would be their very first exposure to Personality Dimensions®, and they are eager to learn what Personality Dimensions® is about.

Since we did not have enough time to conduct a full Personality Dimensions® assessment, and the group size of 70 was too big for a regular workshop, I decided to deliver the ‘Taste of Colour” exercise instead. The organizers were worried that 1.5 hours of training without a break in between would be too heavy for their staff.  Before they know it, the 1.5 hours were over, and they found themselves asking for more! We all had a wonderful time playing People Bingo and getting a taste of Inquiring Green, Authentic Blue, Organized Gold, and Resourceful Orange. We were joined by The Consul General for most of the training.

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The feedback from the group after the training was positive, and I hope Personality Dimensions® will gain more popularity in staff training and retreats at the Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong and beyond!

Angela ShikAngela W. Y. Shik, MSc, MA, MSW, PhD is a Personality Dimensions® Master Trainer, Director, Dr Motivate, Distributor of Personality Dimensions® training materials and programs in Hong Kong, Macau, People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan.

Contact: www.drmotivate.com  info@drmotivate.com  +852-3958-2338

Personality Dimensions® Word Definitions

Personality Dimensions® is all about creating a common language of understanding; but how can you have a common language of understanding if you don’t understand the language?  To help solve this, we created the following list way back in 2002 when Personality Dimensions® was still going through its focus group testing phase.  As a Certified Trainer you probably have seen this before on page 95 in your copy of Building Blocks to a Personality Dimensions Introductory Workshop, 2nd Edition.  We have found that this handout is especially useful when delivering a workshop using PD Basics materials, as well as PD @ School, and PD for Youth.  Do you think this list covers it all, or are there other terms we should add to it?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

Abstract – something not clear or concrete (see concepts and theories)

Accommodating – flexible; cooperative; willing to please

Accomplishments – things you have done or achieved; goals reached

Accordingly – to meet the situation; to be appropriate

Acknowledging – pointing out; calling attention to; recognizing

Advocate – one who stands up or fights for others; a supporter

Aloof – snobbish; unfriendly; distant; cold

Analyzing – looking at something closely; investigating it and figuring it out

Authentic – true; real; genuine

Authority – boss; in charge or control; rule-maker

Betrayed – cheated; lied; been disloyal

Charismatic – warm; likeable; charming; able to get people to like you

Clarify – make clearly understood

Committed – devoted to; promised to; secure in

Compassionate – caring; supportive; kind, warm; sympathetic

Compelled – to feel obligated or forced to do something by a feeling inside us

Competence – skilled in, or good at something

Competitive – meeting challenges from others; compete; go against

Complex – difficult; detailed; puzzling

Compromise – an agreement that pleases everyone and usually requires some giving in on both parts

Concepts – idea; theory; view; something not concrete

Concise – brief and to the point

Contributions – things we give – time, money, ideas, labour, etc.

Convincing – able to bring people to your way of thinking

Debate – a friendly argument; discussing two different sides of an issue

Dedication – loyalty; commitment; sticking with it

Democratic – a process where everyone’s opinion is heard and considered

Empathetic – understanding how someone else feels

Ensuring – making sure that

Enthusiastically – with a lot of energy, excitement and a positive feeling

Entrepreneurial – interested in and capable of running your own business

Ethics – knowing right from wrong and choosing to do right; morals; standards

Generous – very giving; likes to give lots of things to others

Global View – a big picture view; not specific or detailed

Impact – having an effect or making a difference

Implicit – something that doesn’t need to be said; it is clearly implied or hinted at Impulsive acting quickly on a gut feeling

Innate – in-born; something that you were born with; that comes naturally

Innovation – fresh; new; original ideas Insensitive not aware of or worried about others’ feelings

Intellect – brain, mind or understanding

Interactive – communication and action between two or more people Intuition a feeling that leads to an idea, a hunch, an instinct

Life-long Learner – one who takes courses or learns new things on their own all their life

Mediator – one who helps others solve problems without taking sides; a peacemaker

Meticulous – very careful, neat and exact; looking out for important details

Minimal – as little or few as possible

Modifications – slight or minor changes to something

Motivator – one who can encourage and excite others to carry on

Multi-tasker – one who does a lot of things at the same time, or jumps back and forth easily between different tasks

Mutual Respect – people respect each other; I respect you and you respect me

Negotiator – one who is good at getting the best deal, or reaching the best solution by talking and bargaining

Objective – fair; neutral; not taking sides

Optimistic – look on the bright side or look for positive things

Passionately – with a lot of strong feeling and excitement

Perpetual – constant; endless; ongoing

Persuasive – able to make people agree with your ideas or opinions

Potential – possible; promising skill or talent not yet developed

Practicality – sensible usefulness or benefit

Precise – exact; accurate

Principled – follow a strict guide to moral behaviour; do the right thing

Procedures – a guideline for how things should be done

Rationale – the reason behind something; “why” it is

Redundancy – unnecessary routine or repetitiveness; repeating the same thing again and again; repeating the same thing again and again

Resourceful – having good ideas for using what is available or getting what is needed

Restrictive – too many rules, limits, or boundaries

Revel – really enjoy; delight in

Security – feeling safe and stable

Self Actualization – being the best that you can possibly be; being your idea of perfect

Semantics – differences between very specific meanings of words and phrases

Sensitive – easily pick up unspoken messages from others and interpret the meaning

Sentimental – warm, touching feelings; having great meaning for you

Solitary – alone; by one’s self

Spontaneous – do quickly without thinking it through; acting on impulse

Tactile – touching; hands-on; physical

Tangents – things not related to the topic being discussed

Tenacious – stubborn; determined; insistent

Theories – ideas not based on solid facts

Trustworthy – honest; able to live up to the trust others put in you

Unique – one of a kind; special; not like all the others

Visionary – one who has good ideas about how things could be in the future