Personality Dimensions® on TV: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

It’s been a while, so I figured it’s time for another installment of PD on TV!  Like thousands of other people, I cut the cord on my cable a while ago, so I am not as up-to-date on what’s been on the air recently. Either way, as someone who lives and breathes Personality Dimensions®, my Personality Radar is always on – trying to get a read on people.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was an instant hit when it first came out and launched the acting career of Will Smith. It had humour, drama, and some unforgettable dance moves! It was a staple for me when I was in high school back in the 90’s. Watching the reruns every day after school held me over until the new episodes came out.

After looking way back to my teenage years, and talking with a few friends, here’s my take on some of characters from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

 

 

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Will – Extraverted Resourceful Orange

 

The quick-witted rebellious Will Smith (character, not the actor) is best described as an Extroverted Resourceful Orange. Will is the life of a party, and needs to be around people to stay energised. He is quick on his feet, acts well under pressure, and can talk himself out of any situation… except for that one time. He has a natural instinct for opportunity and needs the freedom to go after it. “So you’re telling me to disobey Uncle Phil’s orders, ah-well won’t be the first time… PSSH possy out.”

 

 

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Uncle Phil – Introverted Organized Gold

 

The dependable family man Phillip Banks (AKA Uncle Phil) is always at odds with Will. As an Introverted Organized Gold, he values his personal downtime and routine. As a lawyer, and later a judge, he respects authority and process. At the same time, family is one of the most important things to him. He worked hard to get where he is so his kids could have more opportunities and he accepted Will into the family as one of his own. Uncle Phil has helped Will out of a bind on more than one occasion, and supported him through difficult/confusing times with his own father.

 

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Aunt Vivian – Extraverted Authentic Blue

Vivian Banks’ (AKA Aunt Viv) nature can be summed up by Uncle Phil: “Oh please, Vivian. You’d believe the boy if he said he was a famous rapper and his album had just gone platinum!” As an Extraverted Authentic Blue she is a great motivator and recognises the talents of people around her. Relationships and people are important to her; it was at her insistence that Will came to stay with them after he had troubles in Philadelphia.  Aunt Viv likes maintaining harmony, so she gets to be the peacemaker between Uncle Phil, Carlton, and Will.  She was heavily involved with the human rights movement in her youth, and is the one person in the house that accepts Jazz for who he is.

 

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Carlton – Extraverted Organized Gold/Inquiring Green

Carlton, much like his cousin, is also the life of a party… but in different ways. He is completely energized by having people around, and has been known to break into dance when his self-esteem is high. He is highly rational, strategic, accountable, respectful, trusting, and loyal like most Extraverted Organized Golds/Inquiring Greens. His logical approach and strong sense of justice make Carlton often side with his father in arguments with Will.  Sometimes he lets his practicality get in the way; once saying “Dad, don’t do anything stupid! You haven’t updated your will yet.” When it comes down to it, he deeply cares for his family, and will do anything to protect him. Despite their many differences, Carlton sees and treats Will as a brother.

 

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Ashley – Extraverted Resourceful Orange

Ashley Banks starts off in the series as the quiet, reserved younger sister, not at all looking like an Extraverted Resourceful Orange; but comes into her core personality with the help of her older cousin Will.  He recognizes that she isn’t happy with the overly structured and methodically planned, quiet life that her parents chose for her, albeit with good intentions.  She is happiest and energized by being around people. From the time she skipped out on practicing classical music to listen to Will’s Walkman, to when she dropped out of private school and enrolled in a public high school, it’s clear that Ashley needs to make her own decisions to be successful in life.  She takes calculated risks like pursuing her music career, and moving across the country to study the arts.

 

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Geoffrey – Introverted Resourceful Orange/Inquiring Green

Geoffrey Butler threw me a curveball. While at work he comes across as an Introverted Inquiring Green – methodical, logical, and quality conscious. His retorts are quick, but well thought out and clever. When you look at his past, you see a very different side of him that appears Introverted Resourceful Orange. He shows his adaptability, desire for change and variety through his past professions; Oxford graduate, Olympic runner, butler to Led Zeppelin, Greco-Roman wrestler, and sparring partner to Chuck Norris. This could be a case of a strongly developed contextual self because of his chosen career, while still hanging on to his core self. Regardless of which colour preference he is drawing from, he needs his personal time to recharge. At the end of the day he returns to his room to recharge with his own interests.

So, do you remember watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Do you think my Personality Rader was tuned-in correctly? What about some of the others like Hillary, Jazz, and the second Aunt Viv? Leave your comments below and let me know what you think.

By: Brad Whitehorn

 

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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® 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

Personality Dimensions® Facilitator; Dual Role, Dual Responsibility

Ramping up your effectiveness as a Personality Dimensions® facilitator requires continuously building upon two competencies:

  • A solid knowledge of Personality Dimensions® theory and application, and
  • Effective facilitation skills.

These are two very different skill sets! We’ve all been to lectures or workshops with speakers who were absolutely solid subject matter experts; well respected, well written, but were less adept at communicating, teaching or running an interactive and engaging session.

You may have been to a workshop (on any topic) with a talented facilitator who respected all participants, accounted for differing learning styles and personality types, managed time well, used various and interesting learning methods, communicated artfully with the audience, but fell a little short on actual subject matter expertise. Of course you want to fall into neither of these categories!

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing…

You may have attended a Personality Dimensions® workshop and fell in love with the whole thing, as I did. You then decided to add it to your tool kit for helping others understand themselves and others better and all the other good stuff that comes along with it. Awesome! Be sure to continue your PD education. Here are a few ideas:

  • Become a certified Personality Dimensions® trainer
  • Read everything you can on temperament theory and application
  • Attend/participate in your Personality Dimensions® colleagues’ workshops, and see what they do/don’t do
  • Strengthen your understanding of Introversion and Extraversion and how these play out in the colour groups
  • Share your challenges and brilliant moments with other Personality Dimensions® facilitators
  • Attend professional development events to broaden your knowledge and expertise

Be sure not to go along with (or inadvertently foster) your participants’ assumptions or stereotypes of any of the colour groups. Arm yourself with examples of non-stereotypical folks; for example, a flexible Gold, a fast-paced Green, a quiet Orange or a business-like Blue.

By: Carole Cameron

 

caroleCarole is the President of Creative Performance Solutions, which specializes in providing customized training design and facilitation, focused in the areas of management effectiveness, communication skills and team building. Her workshops receive rave reviews for providing powerful learning experiences, and are remembered for being positive, interactive, practical, and fun!  Carole is the author of the critically acclaimed book, SPLASH An Introvert’s Guide to Being Seen, Heard and Remembered

Personality Dimensions® – We need to hear from you!

pexels-photo-533425.jpegSince launching Personality Dimensions® in 2003, we’ve been committed to listening to the people who use it by updating and adding new components based on your feedback; and it’s that time again… we need your input!  We are looking at making more parts of Personality Dimensions® available on CLSRassessments.com, and need to know where to start.  Please take a moment to click the link below and fill out the survey to let us know.  As always, you can send your ideas, questions, comments, or pictures of cute baby animals to pd@clsr.ca.

 

Click here to take the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/JB76DQH

 

Personality Dimensions® – Meet the Master Trainers

I didn’t meet Larry Konyu until Personality Dimensions® was well and truly launched and when I did he radiated his Inquiring Green preference. Since that time Larry’s considerable experiences have honed his understanding of Personality Dimensions® and it has been wonderful to see him grow and truly embrace all of the colours. Larry is one of those quiet resource people who I know I can count on to think about and respond to any questions or thoughts that I may need to bounce off someone with his background and if he suggests something that needs doing I know to pay attention; Larry does not speak without first reasoning through the process himself. It is my pleasure to consider him a colleague and a friend. Onward and upward ~ Denise

 

Here, in his own words …

L_Konyu6“It is an honour indeed to be a Level III Personality Dimensions® Master Trainer. Certifying others in Personality Dimensions® and facilitating introductory workshops have been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of my life.

A brief history:

After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics, I worked for 10 years as a systems analyst and programmer with companies like Canada Life, Hudson’s Bay and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. This gave me some valuable insight into the issues facing organizations today.

However I have always had a penchant for teaching. I spent the next two and a half decades teaching computer studies. Supervisory roles included being Chair of Computer Studies at Centennial College and Associate Dean, at Humber College in the School of Information Technology and Accounting.

These educational roles, and, no doubt, my Inquiring Green preference, led me to study the art of education at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, which put me in touch with the latest in educational research. These courses helped me to understand the way people learn.

After retiring from a career in post-secondary education, I became certified in Personality Dimensions® and delivered hundreds of workshops to both business and education with a PD flavor.

I also use the Personality Dimensions® tool to provide bereavement support as a facilitator with Bereaved Families of Ontario – Toronto. This experience required me to use all of my Authentic Blue; something I was not used to and, for many reasons, reluctant to access.

In addition, my volunteer work provided the opportunity to Chair the Education committee for the Rainbow Health Network. I helped develop and deliver Diversity Training workshops to various groups in the medical establishment to heighten the awareness of LGBTQ issues.

Upon reflection, it is so interesting that Personality Dimensions® has not only provided me with a renewed career direction but it has been personally enlightening at the same time.  I see myself and others in such a different way. I feel truly complete as a person and much happier as a result.  Personality Dimensions® stresses that Inquiring Greens tend to be the most skeptical of the temperaments. But I am here to tell you that I am hooked. In my earlier life as an Inquiring Green with second colour Organized Gold I expected others to achieve my exacting standards and goals. Now, I truly understand the excellence that others bring and can relax. What a relief!!!”

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An avid runner, Larry and has completed several marathons and half marathons. He runs about 10 races a year. He is the co-author of Differentiated Instruction: Personality Dimensions® and Learning Styles and is currently working on developing “A Taste of Colour” introduction to Personality Dimensions® for keynote speakers and “The impact of second colour on first.”

Degrees: B.Sc., (Mathematics and Computer Science), M.Ed. (Measurement, Evaluation and Computer Applications) and Certifications/Qualifications: Fellow Life Management Institute; Certified fitness instructor; Grief facilitator and Trainer: Bereaved Families of Ontario.

Larry can be reached at lkonyu@rogers.com or through his website www.kondor.ca.

Personality Dimensions® – The School Bell Rings and The Kids are Off!

cls-4225501September starts off with a bang as parents juggle school schedules, organized programs and finding valuable family time – not to mention dealing with how each of their offspring react to these changes. And often the parents we meet have no idea how helpful it can be to understand their kid’s temperament at this crucial time of the year.

To help parents, we have listened to kids’ conversations, observed kids over the years and even asked our own panel of students (a.k.a. our grandchildren) how they approach September. Here’s hoping this will help!

Our Resourceful Oranges may be feeling the crunch ––  they realize the freedom of summer holidays is over. Fall routines kick in fast and may serve to make these usually high energy Resourceful Orange kids feel stifled. They sometimes risk breaking the rules that seem so difficult to follow and a little overwhelming to our adventurers, although they may tell their parents they were simply bending the rules a little! Their spontaneous, in-the-moment way of acting can be very infectious and other kids may join in the fun, so making new friends, while continuing to hang out with old friends, comes as second nature to these children. They will tell you how great a class is when it includes group work, entertaining activities, little sitting in one place and lots of hands-on “doing.” Keeping these energetic Resourceful Oranges active after school can be a handful for some parents, who have told us that the secret is to get them involved in sports, drama, or music once the school day is done, and if there is a competition involved, all the better for these kids who want to win!

Who loves to learn? Inquiring Greens of course!! However, they can be their own worse enemy when it comes to submitting school work that they deem to be imperfect. This is especially true if it’s in a subject that they have an intense interest in and they think that their work could be better if only they had more time. Appearing incompetent stresses them out, yet so does feeling unchallenged by the work. While they may at first seem very serious to other kids, these Inquiring Greens may have a wry sense of humour and can often make others laugh with their witty remarks, albeit sometimes not without a little sarcasm thrown in for good measure.  An appealing class setting for these logical, objective kids includes one that meets their high expectations, especially the teacher! Being allowed to work independently, and on materials of their own choosing, excites these kids, although group work with classmates who can discuss the issues intelligently can be inspirational too. After school activities for these kids often includes exploring ideas and subjects of interest to them, perhaps alone, or with a small circle of close friends who enjoy the same things.

What about our Organized Golds? Getting back to routines, schedules and feeling a part of the school community makes them happy! They may be a little apprehensive though, if it means attending a new school and having to make new friends this year.  These kids usually respect their teachers, especially if there is a set of rules for them to follow and everyone is treated fairly. Their idea of a wonderful classroom experience will also include a teacher who not only is in control of the class but also provides clear directions to follow so that the Organized Golds can get their work done quickly and efficiently. They generally enjoy working in groups, if all members stay on task and complete their portions according to the rules. Organized Golds often create a pro-and-con list to logically and objectively make decisions. Once they do so, they may then create a list and set priorities to get everything done efficiently and on time, if not early. After school activities for the competitive Organized Golds may include team sports or school bands and they like coming home to their own neat, tidy room.

Finally, our Authentic Blues look forward to meeting up with their friends once again and catching up with everyone about their summer. They will worry about being put into a different class than their friends and certainly will not like any kind of conflict in the classroom, often choosing to uphold the underdog in any stand off.  They may in fact help mediate any issues just to “keep the peace.” The one thing they don’t particularly enjoy is competition; they don’t understand the necessity of winners and losers. What makes these artistic, non-conformists happiest in a classroom? First, they appreciate a teacher who is personable, inclusive and caring; secondly, a comfortable, warm, inviting, attractive environment where they can work in groups and socialize. If allowed to use their imagination and creativity they will work hard for their teacher and for their grades. These are the kids who don’t just look at the mark on the report card, but hang on every word the teachers say about them and their work. For the Authentic Blues after school activities must include people they enjoy being around; it may not be so much about what they do, but who is with them.

 

Kate&WayneKate and Wayne, authors of Great Parenting Skills for Navigating your Kid’s Personality are partners in life who enjoy collaborating on professional projects like writing books and running workshops! Kate Jones, B.A. (Psychology/English), M.Ed. is an accomplished speaker, facilitator, coach, and author, specializing in temperament, and now, in positivity.  She worked both in the educational and human resources sectors before launching her own business over a decade ago.  Wayne Jones, M.Ed. is an experienced educator, having taught students from kindergarten through secondary school, as well as adult education.  He has been a classroom teacher, department head, Principal, and a faculty advisor with Nipissing University. They can be reached through their website http://skills4people.com/

 

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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.