It seems like everyone is busier than ever these days, and have less time to spend on doing something for yourself. Audiobooks are great for busy people who really want to enjoy a good book, and have the best intentions to learn new things, but don’t have the time to sit down and read. You can easily listen to an audiobook while still doing your other day-to-day activities like exercising, commuting, or doing household chores. It really is an easy way to get most of your time and fit reading into your daily life.
We are thrilled to announce the release of one of our bestsellers in this format. Your Personality Unlocked, by Anne Bulstrode and Susan Geary will give you an understanding of who you are and the differences between you and other people, in all aspects of your life. Based on the popular Personality Dimensions® assessment, the authors take you through a journey of self-awareness.
Narrated by a professional voice actor, this audiobook is a must-listen for anyone looking to learn more about themselves and the important people in their lives. Whether you are a student, professional, or simply a curious individual, “Your Personality Unlocked” is a valuable addition to your audiobook library.
Available now on Audible, Apple Books, and other major audiobook platforms, Your Personality Unlocked is sure to engage and enlighten listeners. Don’t miss out on this insightful and practical guide to self-awareness.
As many of us have realized through COVID-19, our core relationships are very important to us, whether they are with parents, siblings, friends, or co-workers. What is puzzling, however, is that these relationships can often cause us the greatest stress. Personality Dimensions® gives us a lens to examine these important relationships and find ways to improve them.
One of the ways that a knowledge of Personality Dimensions® can be useful is by helping us understand that personalities can be quite different – even within the same family. It acknowledges that there are four different temperaments, and each has both strengths and challenges. Once we understand that people are not being difficult, rather they are behaving according to their innate preferences, it generally leads to a greater tolerance of difference. To show how this works, lets look at a mother-daughter relationships that had challenges. Amelie, a 19-year-old, has had a strained relationship with her mother since she became a teenager. Amelie thrives on variety and loves change in her life. She is very creative and is pursuing a Diploma in visual arts at a local community college. She is not quite sure where it will take her, but she is spontaneous, fun loving and likes to go with the flow. Her mother, Maria, seems almost the opposite. Maria is structured and orderly and likes to make life as predictable as possible. She is an excellent planner and believes that you should work first and then play. She loves her daughter tremendously but worries about her because she is disorganized and seems to let life happen to her rather than to plan for it. She also worries because Amelie seems willing to take more risks than she would like. She wonders how a visual arts certificate will ever lead her daughter to a nice secure job. Amelie for her part, often feels constrained by her mother’s “shoulds” and “oughts” and frequently feels that she cannot be herself around her mom.
A breakthrough came in their relationship when Amelie attended a Personality Dimensions® workshop as part of one of her community college courses. She realized that she was a Resourceful Orange and that her mother was very likely an Organized Gold. She took this knowledge back to her mother, explained the four dimensions, and her mother agreed with Amelie’s assessment. They had a good chat about both their similarities and differences, and recognized that they needed to be more tolerant of each other in the future. While they both realized they had a long way to go to rebuild their relationship, they felt that this was an important first step in understanding each other better.
We asked Anne and Susan to share why they wrote this book, and what it will do for the reader. Here’s what they had to say…
Our goal was to write a book about Personality Dimensions® that was easy to read and understand and that everyone would benefit from. We wanted to make sure that even if you knew nothing about Personality Dimensions®, you could pick the book up, grasp the different dimensions and use it as a tool to become more self-aware and gain a greater understanding of others. Equally, our hope was that if you already understand the four dimensions, you could gain some additional insights into others.
To help those that are new to the dimensions, we start off the book with a self-assessment that allows you to figure out the different dimensions that you use. Then we shift our focus to the difference between introversion and extraversion and includes a self-assessment to help you decide what your preference is. In chapter three, readers will be able to learn about the unique needs and values associated with each dimension.
The next three chapters focus on various aspects of communication. First, we give insights into how to communicate with different dimensions, as well as how you prefer to be communicated with. Then we look at relationships and examine what the relationship needs are for each dimension. And finally, most people find conflict with others stressful and are sometimes lost about how to manage conflict situations. As a starting point, chapter 6 helps us gain insight into what causes the different dimensions conflict, how each dimension causes conflict for others and how they behave when in conflict.
Work offers different joys and challenges, and we go on to discuss how each dimension can thrive at work, both as employees and managers.
People often ask us how to figure out the primary dimension of another person. While this is not an exact science, we offer some visual, verbal and non-verbal clues that can help you make an educated guess about other’s preferred dimensions.
Finally, we tie the whole book together by looking at the similarities between the dimensions, some of the differences and how to bridge these differences.
Anne and Susan are partners in Up Your Potential. They are international speakers, facilitators, personality experts, and coaches with over 25+ years’ experience, each helping people reach their goals by empowering them to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to perform optimally. They are the co-authors of the bestselling book Colour Savvy: Helping you Achieve Success in Your Work Life, and a number of Personality Dimensions® Online reports.
In their private practices, they have worked extensively with individuals and organizations. Their solutions are relevant, practical and results-oriented. They have been working with a wide range of clients in the area of Personality Theory, Management Development, Team Building, Interpersonal Communications, Wellness, Resilience and Conflict Resolution. They embraced Personality Dimensions® in 2003, are both Master Level Personality Dimensions® Facilitators and whenever possible, they incorporate it into their work.
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
“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)
Certified Personality Dimensions Trainers will now receive 20% off on more products! Your trainer discount now applies to:
Colour Savvy – Helping You Achieve Success in Your Work Life
Splash! – An Introvert’s Guide to Being Seen, Heard, and Remembered
Great Parenting Skills for Navigating Your Kid’s Personality
For trainees who want more than the PD in Action booklet, these great publications can fulfill that need. In the coming months, you will see these books advertised on the back of the PD in Action booklet, and trainees will be encouraged to order directly from their Certified Trainer
Available on orders placed with Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc only.