Shifting from Office to Home – Using Personality Dimensions® to Ease the Transition.

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With many people working from home now, there has been a massive cultural shift in how we, as a society, conduct business! What hasn’t changed, though, is the personalities of the individuals behind the computer screen. With Personality Dimensions® the perk of understanding the different personalities helps us better understand how to engage people regardless of where they are. The other part we need to be aware of is the need to feel connected virtually.

 

Take for example, an Authentic Blue. Authentic Blues need to build and form relationships. With this need, we also need to be aware of the stressor of an Authentic Blue is the guilt that comes from not being able to, or feel connected. To support an Authentic Blue in this change in a workplace environment, I am sure they would appreciate phone calls, virtual meetings, or the ability to receive notes via mail from their colleagues. When I do say mail, I mean the traditional letter and the ability to open up a card and read with somebody putting pen to paper. Authentic Blues would appreciate this gesture!

For an Organized Gold the structure has now shifted. The other aspect that has changed is their work/life balance is now in Conflict as they are working from home and are trying to balance Both Worlds. They also want to make sure that their responsibilities are being kept intact. Organized Golds may also have with the disorganization that they’re noticing and realize now that they’re not able to connect with their colleagues as regularly as they would. Through these trying times, the best way to support an Organized Gold is to ensure that structure is maintained as much as possible – The structure in the organization of meetings and timelines are still being kept and upheld. Also, an Organized Gold would appreciate a “thank you” for all the hard work and dedication that they have made to ensure that their work is still completed on time.

Inquiring Greens are having an internal struggle if they are not accustomed to working from home. Inquiring Greens want to make sure they are knowledgeable on how to continue their work in a foreign territory for them. What an Inquiring Green may be noticing is the lack of competence in the initial stages of this change. Their patience may not be as present as they are hoping one area of their life; the workplace is a stable environment for them. From this focus, it is essential to ensure that the individuals that they are working with continue to have a higher level of standard. By keeping this high level of standard ensures that Inquiring Greens can be counted on to make sure that the job still is done.

Finally, the Resourceful Orange in this ever-changing climate is the one that can help. Resourceful Oranges are natural helpers in a crisis because they can comfortably deal with the expediency of change and working on little to no information. Resourceful Oranges do need and desire freedom and the ability to work on various tasks at different times. Because of their need for freedom, it is important to check-in on them to make sure that deadlines are met.

It is with all the four colours that we need these insights now more than ever. Each personality comes with great strengths. These great strengths being their ability to foster relationships, continue to be organized in a chaotic environment, the ability to uphold a level of standard, and be able to change within a crisis.

 

Headshots-with-Drew-Fockler-11673-(3)-8x10Dr. Drew Fockler supports all levels of leadership within an organization to grow their leadership and HR skills.  He is a Master Trainer (Level III) Personality Dimensions® Facilitator, Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional, Certified Life Coach, and Vocational Evaluator. He has received awards for his contributions towards the LGBT community and Toastmasters Leadership for British Columbia in 2017.

Drew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Science, a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctorate of Education from Western University where he utilized Personality Dimensions® as part of his Doctorate research in improving an employee’s experience.

Personality Dimensions® – “oh my goodness, this is why you do this during a meeting,”

“The first 10 minutes of the Personality Dimensions® workshop helped me understand some things about you that I haven’t understood for the last two years.”

 “Oh my goodness, this is why you do this when we are in the middle of our meetings.”

 “I now understand how we are different, but we are different because we are unique.”

I have been facilitating Personality Dimensions® workshops for the last 11 years in the private and public sectors as well as youth-based organizations and in the education system. The above statements came up just recently in a workshop I lead at my workplace. My favorite is the second one; in it my manager at the time had a breakthrough moment about our relationship. During meetings I would typically stop and ask questions and this would always confuse my manager. He wondered why I was asking questions because, in his mind, there wasn’t a need for questions. Once it was clear that we were different colours, and what that meant, he understood this trait of mine.

Let me also describe to you the circumstances of the first and the third quotes. The first quote highlighted how another workshop participant connected with their peers. There was always conflict as that individual just couldn’t understand how someone that they had been working with for the past two years could be so fundamentally different from them. When the assessments were completed, and they realized that one individual was a Resourceful Orange and the rest of their peers were Organized Golds, a lot of light was shed on how the team was structured and some of the conflict that had arisen because of how each colour would complete their task.

Personality Dimensions® helps us understand who we are and how to celebrate our uniqueness’s by showcasing our strengths and providing an understanding for where there are opportunities for growth. As I mentioned earlier, I have used Personality Dimensions® in youth-based organizations, within the education system, and in the public and private sectors. Out of those areas, the greatest impact was on the private sector. There the need for immediate return on investment (ROI) is top of mind. If the companies that I provided the training for had not seen that immediate ROI, the program would have quickly been discontinued. Rather, after the initial 3 hour workshops (the self-assessments were completed online before the workshop) there were multiple applications workshops to help support everyone from management to front-line employees develop practices that would best serve their customers – and increase sales.

As a result of the “oh my goodness, this is why you do this during a meeting,” realization, meetings are now structured quite a bit differently. Rather than just being a download of information, the “why?” question is addressed either beforehand or early in the meeting. This has built stronger relationships within the company, meetings have greater impact and objectives are more readily achieved. And all of this was a result of the work we did with Personality Dimensions®. Now an effort is made to ensure that all four colours are represented at each meeting, with the recognition that this represents not only the employee-employer relationship but the customer experience as well

Personality Dimensions® has helped me shape how I have worked with others because I can understand who they are and how to celebrate their uniqueness within the workshops.  I truly believe you can have the same experience.

 

drew fockler professionalDrew Fockler is the Founder of Cross Canada Corporate Services where he is a Corporate Trainer & Consultant. Drew supports all levels of leadership within an organization to grow their leadership and HR skills.  He is a Level II Personality Dimensions® Facilitator, Certified Life Coach, received awards for his contributions towards the LGBT community and Toastmasters Leadership for British Columbia in 2017.

Drew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Science, a Master’s Degree in Education and is in his final year of study to complete a Doctorate of Education from Western University.

Drew is also running Personality Dimensions® Level I Certification classes across Canada in 2019.  Visit http://www.personalitydimensions.com/training-dates to see when he’s going to be in your city.

Personality Dimensions® – Meet the Master Trainers

Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some really incredible people. One of those truly remarkable people is someone I’d like to introduce you to: Michael Tudor, Personality Dimensions® Level III Master Trainer. Michael, by virtue of his incredibly enthusiastic and joyful way of seeing and communicating with the world, not to mention his high level of energy, is highly memorable. The team here at CLSR always look forward to hearing from him and sharing the photos of his training programs, etc., amongst ourselves. Michael’s contributions to the development of many aspects of Personality Dimensions® are too many to mention. He is another of the key people who I call upon to run ideas past or to assist with developing new materials. And, as Michael always says, “You can’t make this stuff up!” Here, in his own words, is Michael. ~Denise

Michael Tudor
Michael Tudor

“1) Question posed by Inquiring Green participant during my workshop:

She has just discovered that her husband is an Authentic Blue

Q: ‘Michael I have been with my husband for 25 years. He makes my lunch every day and each time he inserts a love note.’ She pauses. ‘How can I get him to stop?’

2) Comment by Resourceful Orange participant after PD workshop.

‘I went home and told my Organized Gold fiancée that I am spontaneous and needed my moments to be impulsive and to go with the flow. She went to her calendar and inserted that information on the dates when I could have those moments.’

 YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!!

This is one of the reasons why I have enjoyed presenting Personality Dimensions® workshops since its inception in 2003. Given the subject matter on temperament and the various shadings within each colour one can never predict the “ah ha” moments. But when they happen they are often hilarious and always revealing

It was in 1992 that the head of Co-op at my High School in Scarborough had experienced a True Colors presentation and invited me to take the Level 1 certification. Only armed at that time with a colourless approach to how I operated or behaved in life, the presentation solidified that as an Organized Gold I had other folks in my corner. My training was to enable me to present this tool to co-op students in two high schools in Scarborough– my own,  L’Amoreaux Collegiate Institute and Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute.

In 1996, under the skillful direction of Kathleen Goldstrom (Resourceful Orange), I gained my level II credential. Shortly thereafter I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Toronto with the topic “Empowering Students-at-Risk Using the True Colors philosophy.”

When CLSR embarked on research to support Temperament Theory and then used their findings to make it more reflective of our Canadian culture I was very pleased to be both proof reader and act as an editor at large. The results of all of the research, development and design became what is now known as Personality Dimensions® and as a then Level II Trainer I bridged around 300 participants from other temperament models to Personality Dimensions®.

During my 20 year tenure as an instructor in the Initial Teacher Education Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, I incorporated Personality Dimensions throughout the course. Using this tool, Teacher Candidates were able to articulate their strengths and limitations and to expand their teaching repertoire.

Without fail, the course evaluations for my course mentioned Personality Dimensions® as the highlight of their program.

Whether I am presenting to high school students or to faculty members of various universities or to the corporate world the results are the same. Audiences leave with a tremendous sense of satisfaction. I, in turn, leave with a wow feeling-EVERY TIME.

During the last few years, in concert with my husband, Larry Konyu, we have been running 3 day Level I and II certification programs. Calling upon the repertoire we have gained from conducting thousands of workshops, the certification programs are filled with up to date anecdotes and facilitation does and cautions. Not a minute is wasted.

It gives me great pleasure to mention that I have certified the following esteemed PD colleagues to get their level II. Among others- Kate Jones, Anne Bulstrode, Susan Geary, Helen Bailey, Parag Grewal, Drew Fockler and Marie Logan.

Our Level I trainees often tell us that they are sad to see the program end. It doesn’t get much better than that.

My fourth colour preference is Inquiring Green. It wasn’t until I began conducting Personality Dimensions® workshops that I discovered that my father’s preferred colour preference was Inquiring Green. That was my “ah ha” moment. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1989, five years before I acquired this knowledge. If I had known more about his temperament when I was growing up it would have enhanced our relationship. To this end, I consider Personality Dimensions® as a gift to give to my audiences.

Finally, here is an anecdote about how all four colours react to the Personality Dimensions® assessment part of the workshop — specifically the card sort. Stress can come in four different colours.

  • Authentic Blue participant. ‘I feel I am part of everyone’s life so I would rather give everyone a score of 4. But Michael said I must score 1-4. That means someone has to come in last. This makes me uncomfortable.’
  • Inquiring Green participant: ‘I can’t possibly do this in such a short period. Is there a book with additional reading?’
  • Resourceful Orange participant: ‘I know what I am already. I can’t believe all of this paperwork. If I had known….’
  • Organized Gold participant: ‘Michael, thank you for the four cards and the participant pack envelope. Very neat. I can score 1-4 no problem. By the way, if the world were all like us we would be a lot better off.'”

 

Degrees: M.Ed in Special Education and Instruction; Honours B.A. (Psychology)

Certifications/Qualifications: MBTI facilitator; Tribes Trainer; Personality Dimensions Master Facilitator/Trainer.

Contributions to Personality Dimensions include:

Co-author: Differentiated Instruction: Personality Dimensions and Learning Styles (with husband Larry Konyu)

DVD: The Lighter Side of Talking in Colour.

Michael has also authored the book: Practical Classroom Strategies For Every Teacher.

Michael can be reached at michaeltudor@rogers.com or through his website at www.kondor.ca.