Personality Dimensions® – Musings from the Back Office

2015As I write this a local radio station is playing seasonal music in the background, yet another reminder that this year is almost at a close. In some ways it seems like we were just welcoming this year into existence and in others I can’t believe it’s only been one year!  Looking back I’m amazed at what took place. In addition to packing up and moving – lock, stock and barrel (or, in our case, boxes and boxes and boxes) – to our new location in Aurora, Ontario, we managed to bring out revisions to both the Personality Dimensions® Manual and the Building Blocks Facilitator Guide. Our sincere thanks to Lynda McKim, Scott Campbell, Carole Cameron and everyone else who made this possible. And, thanks to the input from Personality Dimensions® Trainers, we also created the new PD for Youth materials.

So, what does 2016 hold? Dr. Angela Shik and her team are hard at work creating the Chinese version of the on-line Personality Dimensions® assessments which will launch in January. In addition to all her hard work in Hong Kong and China, Angela is also opening a California-based office and has already done work using both the English and Spanish materials in that area. Our hats are off to Angela!

Emil Boychuk, along with a great team of facilitators and educators, is putting the final touches  on a new resource for use in the classroom – a Personality Dimensions® Awareness Workshop for Students (suggestions for a more creative title are welcome!). We are planning to introduce this to you late winter/early spring of 2016. We have tentative plans for several other Personality Dimensions® happenings, including some face-to-face and/or web-based learning and networking opportunities… so stay tuned.

You may have noticed that you didn’t get a Christmas greeting card from us this year. Instead, we are making a donation to the local Salvation Army in support of community outreach programs. Cards have always been part of the traditions I was raised in so this has been a bit of a rethink for me. But the reality of how great the needs of the community are was made clear to me after I spent time working to register people who need the help of the Sally Ann to get through this Christmas.

My wish for you is that the joy and beauty of the season make this an especially warm and happy holiday for you and yours. We look forward to joining you in making our world a better place in 2016.

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® Holiday Shopping for the Four Colours


holiday shoppingI know there are some of you who have not yet completed your shopping, and may be completely stumped about what to give your loved ones.  Here’s some great advice – make it all about them!  Really watching and listening to the person you are buying for and making the gift something that is meaningful for them.  We tend to choose gifts that we think may be meaningful to others – hence the new tradition of ‘re-gifting’.  Each of the four Personality Dimensions® have preferences. Check out the FUN tips below for giving the right gift.

Our very knowledgeable Inquiring Greens will love any gift that furthers their knowledge and competence. Inquiring Greens are not into possessions or ‘things’.  Avoid fluffy slippers, kitschy Christmas sweaters and gaudy jewelry.  Knick-knacks will find themselves in the next garage sale.  Inquiring Greens have a unique sense of humour, so tickets to a comedy show would work, as would a trip to an interesting place with lots of history.  A magazine subscription to something that interests them is also a great option. Avoid packaging; it’s likely that our Inquiring Greens are totally serious about going ‘Green’.  They love ideas and concepts, a trip to the museum, or other place they have been talking about all year would be most welcome.

The core need for our Organized Golds is belonging, tradition and responsibility.  Think about practicality and how the gift will help Organized Golds carry out their responsibilities or honour a family tradition.  Do not be extravagant and ensure that the gift is of high quality they love trusted brand names.  Some gift ideas – a planner for the New Year, a new briefcase to replace the old worn one, a label maker – Organized Golds love their label makers, or an alarm clock to ensure that they are always on time. Organized Golds will appreciate that you put some thought behind the gift.  As long as you are happy they are happy.

Woo Hoo! Resourceful Oranges are motivated by freedom and impact… Don’t fence me in!  Just like Tigger – Resourceful Oranges bounce; they are all about the senses.  Think about gifts that relate to the senses, perfume, music, art work, fine wine or chocolate, a soft sweater.  Resourceful Oranges also like variety and fun, so look for something they can use in their leisure time.  Plan a spa day and go with them – make sure there is lots of variety and choice.  How about an adventure weekend like white water rafting or horseback riding?  Even if you get it wrong, Resourceful Oranges won’t care, they get over it easily – they’ll just bounce back.

Meaning and Significance – that’s the key to an Authentic Blue’s heart.  Authentic Blues have a core need for unique identity, meaning and significance.  Their talents are as caregivers, facilitators and mentors. They value harmony and cooperation.  Authentic Blues will not really care about material things.  You will really impress Authentic Blues if you wrote a poem about them, or knit something special for them (even if it does look a bit wonky).  They are often found in the Self Help section of the book store – careful though – they may already have all of them!  Try a wall plaque that has a motivational saying, or a day out that pampers them, Authentic Blues so often are caring for others.  No matter what you give an Authentic Blue, it will be treasured and appreciated.  They are relationship centred; any gift that treasures your relationship with them will be welcomed.


Irene-AndersonIrene Anderson – CTACC, has brought Personality Dimensions® programs to many teams and individuals. Irene has shared her expertise through consulting, training, speaking and in print.  With her combination of coaching and results-driven facilitating, she has helped executives, managers and entrepreneurs to better success in business and career. Irene has also shared her unique talents with not-for-profit groups, as a volunteer, facilitator and speaker. Irene’s style of facilitation is results oriented, with a focus directly on the client, using a unique Self Discovery process, and a commitment to ensure that all personalities are honoured. Irene is truly dedicated to the success of her clients, and as a career coach has a unique knack for uncovering the talents and strengths of the client, and moving them toward that ‘AHA’ moment when they really begin to embrace who they are meant to be.

Personality Dimensions® Guide to Pumpkin Carving

That time of year is upon us — the air gets a chill to it, and the leaves start to change colour; but best of all, we get to carve pumpkins, and hand out candy to kids who go door-to-door in a variety of costumes that range from adorable, to frightening, and hilarious, to strange!  With that in mind, I present: The Personality Dimensions Guide to Pumpkin Carving!

When carving a pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern, the possibilities are endless, and the task can be quite overwhelming.  So what’s the solution?  Let your Personality Dimensions be your guide!  Each of the four Dimensions (Authentic Blue, Inquiring Green, Organized Gold, and Resourceful Orange) all have different approaches to the task, but have the same motivation for getting there… fun!


Inquiring Green PumpkinPumpkin Carving with an Inquiring Green

Chances are the Inquiring Green has been thinking about carving this year’s pumpkin for a while.  Last year’s design was pretty good, but they know it can be even greater this year.  For the Inquiring Green, it’s not just about going out and getting a pumpkin from the store, they need to figure out the best date to get one, making sure to not get one too early, and risk it going rotten; and not going too late, knowing that the best ones will be picked over.  Once that has been determined, the next task is choosing the pumpkin itself; the Inquiring Green will pick through all the bins, carefully making comparisons, and finally landing on the perfect one.

When it’s time to carve the pumpkin, it is best to let the Inquiring Green go at it them self.  You can still be supportive, but remember that when Inquiring Greens get focussed on a project, they often tune out the outside world.  At this point, the Inquiring Green will pull out their specially designed pumpkin-carving tools.  The process will start with determining where to cut the top off, then be followed by carefully sketching out or tracing on an amazingly creative design that has already been determined.  Then comes the real challenge, the actual carving… this process may take a while, the Inquiring Green aims for perfection; but that’s okay, they like a good challenge.  In the end, they get to stand back, and admire a job well-done!

Remember, always be supportive when an the Inquiring Green is working hard on a project, and give them space when needed, but feel free to jump in if you see them using explosives to carve out their design… no matter how much they have researched it!


Organized Gold PumpkinPumpkin Carving with an Organized Gold

When Hallowe’en rolls around for the Organized Gold, it is safe to say that they have been making plans for some time.  Like the Inquiring Green, they are likely to buy a pumpkin well before October 31st to avoid any Pumpkin-related stress.  Traditions and time with family are greatly important to the Organized Gold, so picking out a pumpkin is likely to be a family affair.  Just keep in mind that they have likely already thought about the size and shape of pumpkin they want, so don’t try to stray too far from their plan.

When the time comes to carve the pumpkin, let the Organized Gold share their plan before diving in.  They will often enjoy having others help them with the carving and cleaning out the inside, but don’t get ahead of the game and start doing things out of order.  Most importantly, remember to keep things neat!  They will likely put an extra cover on the table or counter to control the mess, and have a couple of large bowls handy to put all the pumpkin “guts” in.  The Organized Gold will often want others to join them.  Carving the design in the pumpkin is also a planned out process; you likely won’t see the Organized Gold free-handing a design with a knife.  Let them draw/trace their design on… bearing in mind that it is likely to be the same design as last year’s, and the year before, and the years before that… After all, it’s family tradition!  For the Organized Gold, “if it ‘aint broke… don’t fix it!”

Remember, carving the pumpkin is only part of the process; everything needs to be cleaned up after, and the seeds need to be roasted.  Once this is all done, the Organized Gold can stand back and admire their work.


Resourceful Orange PumpkinPumpkin Carving with a Resourceful Orange

Hallowe’en is a favourite time of year for the Resourceful Orange; it’s the one time of year that anything goes!  There’s a very good chance that the Resourceful Orange has waited until October 31st to get their pumpkin.  Given that the isn’t generally a very big selection left by this time, and they still have a number of things left to do during the day, the Resourceful Orange won’t be spending a long time searching for the “perfect” pumpkin.  They are very adept at making quick decisions, and can size up a pumpkin in a short period of time.

The Resourceful Orange works well under pressure, and in this case it’s necessary.  By the time they get the pumpkin home, there just isn’t a lot of time for planning out a design, or executing a very intricate one.  Feel free to jump in to help get things done, that pumpkin isn’t going to scoop itself out!   More likely than not, you will see the Resourceful Orange freehand a design with a knife; it’s also safe to say that it won’t resemble last year’s design either.  They are also not too worried about making a mistake, the Resourceful Orange is quick to adapt; did the knife go a little too far along for one cut?  Not to worry, they just change up the design on the fly!

Remember, while Resourceful Oranges may like an all hands on deck approach to get the task done; try to avoid telling them that they are doing something wrong; they see pumpkin carving as a fluid and creative process.  Just encourage them to get the job done, so everyone can sit back, and enjoy some bite-sized candy.


Authentic Blue PumpkinPumpkin Carving with an Authentic Blue

Pumpkin carving is a favourite activity of the Authentic Blue; it can involve friends, family, neighbours, pets, and acquaintances. Chances are the Authentic Blue hasn’t put a lot of time into planning the pumpkin carving experience, but they likely aren’t leaving it to last minute either.  The Authentic Blue will arrive at their favourite pumpkin retailer with full entourage in tow.  They will likely seek the opinions of others when it comes to choosing a good one.  The Authentic Blue is also likely to come home with more than one pumpkin to avoid conflict over choosing just one, and make everyone happy.

The Authentic Blue may have difficulty deciding on a design for their pumpkin, and will ask for input from others.  But they need not worry, since they have bought a number of pumpkins, they can choose a different theme or expression for each one.  After gathering their group to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for inspiration, the Authentic Blue will get down to the task at hand.  They will likely equip everyone involved with their own set of pumpkin carving tools and set to work.  The Authentic Blue will offer words of encouragement while everyone does their part, and jump in to help when needed.  After everyone is done carving a different emotion into their respective pumpkin, the Authentic Blue can admire the work that everyone has done and offer their congratulations.

Remember, when carving pumpkins with the Authentic Blue, try not to take things too seriously and just enjoy the experience.  If they see you struggling with any aspect of the task, they will likely offer their assistance; as an experienced pumpkin carver they are only trying to mentor those that need help.  Let them be part of your process and they will appreciate you for it.


Hallowe’en is a great time of year for everyone to express their creativity and have fun at the same time… not to mention the candy!  If you follow The Personality Dimensions Guide to Pumpkin Carving everyone is certain to have a great Hallowe’en pumpkin carving experience.  Remember, be safe, and most of all, have fun!


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.