Never Say Never – Personality Dimensions Pandemic Pastimes

By now, many of you will already know Susan Patterson, the author of this week’s contribution to Personality Dimensions® Pandemic Pastimes with Master Trainers, from her work in creating Virtually Everything – A Building Blocks Companion Guide. A lot changed between when she first began to dip into the virtual world of training and when Virtually Everything was published, so much so that when we asked her about writing the adjunct piece to Building Blocks – which became known as Virtually Everything because that’s how we kept referring to it in the office – she quickly responded with her delightful sense of humour and threatened to send me glitter pens since I’m woefully unprepared in that area it would seem (I didn’t even know they existed until then)! Enjoy Susan’s recollection of her response to the pandemic and how it has, and continues to, changed her Personality Dimensions® presentations.

Yours from the back office,

Denise Hughes



Never say Never


COVID hit and face to face workshops and training sessions got cancelled. I waited – certainly there would be some notice if this was a serious thing. Workshops and Training Online – Never – this will not be a thing.


The World told me a different story, and before I knew it I was online having my first Personality Dimensions® event. It was not hard. I was surprised. Is there a chance you will make some errors? Absolutely. Don’t sweat it, all online platforms have many tutorials to learn how to do it. And our Colleagues and Clients shared ideas because we are all learning.


Now I have to smile to myself, by saying Never, I would have cheated myself out of this experience. Personality Dimensions® is adaptable equally in a virtual setting as it is in a face-to-face setting. And wow what a Virtual experience it has been – I have met amazing people, some who would never have had the opportunity to take this Learning if not for online training. With a bit of tweaking and adjusting the materials we have,
it has been truly successful.


Saying Never sets up resistance, challenges and closes doors. Most of us are proficient with Personality Dimensions® face-to-face, and we will have in-person workshops and training again. It might not look the same. Our new reality is Change and different experiences.


So why not offer both? Reinvent your practise. Take advantage of the number of great new resource available to make Personality Dimensions® work with both venues.


With this experience, I have to say I will never work off-line again … well, never say never….

Susan Patterson is a Personality Dimensions ® Master Trainer and Author of Virtually Everything – A Building Blocks Companion Guide. She is the owner of SPG Consulting and can be contacted through SPGConsultingGroup.com.

Still More Personality Dimensions Pandemic Pastimes

Many of you will recognize the name of the author of this week’s instalment of Personality Dimensions® Pandemic Pastimes with Master Trainers: Sandra Summerhayes. Sandra has put her Resourceful Orange to good use, helping many facilitators over the hump of embracing the world of training Personality Dimensions® virtually. She not only offered the Delivering Personality Dimensions® in a Virtual World training, but has worked with us on updating many resources and Toolkits to include virtual applications. I think she was a little surprised when we spoke over a year ago, and I asked if she could come up with a training program that would launch a month later – and at that moment her summer plans were changed! I hope you will take Sandra up on her challenge to share with all of us what your biggest takeaway was from the COVID-era.

Yours from the back office…

Denise Hughes


Has COVID Impacted Your Business?

COVID-19 was the end of my business…or so I thought. As an Extraverted Authentic BlueResourceful Orange, the lack of interaction with people left me wallowing in self-pity and self-doubt… for about 3 weeks. Then my Resourceful Orange took over, and I decided to learn everything there was to know about virtual training using Zoom – a platform I had never used before. People came together and shared their knowledge and expertise freely to help everyone transition to this new reality we were facing. I went from knowing virtually nothing (pun intended) about Zoom to teaching others how to use it. My biggest takeaway was the understanding that almost anything one can facilitate in person, one can facilitate virtually. Delivering Personality Dimensions® in a Virtual World training and so much more stemmed from that.

What is your biggest takeaway this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Sandra is the founder of Sandra Summerhayes & Associates Professional Training Group. She is a Personality Dimensions® Master Trainer in addition to being a facilitator, human resource specialist, employment counsellor, and laughter leader. Find out more about what Sandra is up to on her website, https://sandrasummerhayes.com.

Personality Dimensions® Statistics

It’s that time of year again… time to pull the PD Stats Robot (patent still pending) out of its work cube to report on this past year’s Personality Dimensions® statistics. With so many of us working from home, there has been a significant increase in the number of facilitators making the move to PD-Online. In fact, so many of you are using it now that the PD Stats Robot is on secondment with CLSRassessments.com to help keep things moving along smoothly.

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 16 years, you will notice very little change with them over time; In fact, there was a less than 1% variance with two of the Dimensions over the past few years. That’s some pretty good reliability scores!  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

Remember, 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.

The PD Stats Robot is an amazing piece of computing technology, and a surprisingly good pastry chef, but can only work with the information that it receives. Please 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 year, on behalf of the PD Stats Robot (patent still pending), stay positive and keep those numbers coming.

Even More Personality Dimensions Pandemic Pastimes

Next in our series of Personality Dimensions® Pandemic Pastimes with Master Trainers is Michael Tudor and Larry Konyu. I remember very well the concerns that were expressed by a lot of trainers about how well Personality Dimensions® would work online and Michael and Larry were no exception, as their note will tell you.

And yet, just today, I got some program evaluations from them for their most recent Level I training, done virtually, of course, and here’s a bit of what they shared with me. ‘Again, it is amazing how this works online… We had some difficulty ending on time because of all the stories/anecdotes. So much fun. Doesn’t seem like work.

Here, in their own words, The Virtue of Going Virtual with Personality Dimensions® Virtuously (I think they had some fun with that!).

Yours from the back office…

Denise Hughes


A little more than a year ago, we were reluctant to take Personality Dimensions online. “Can’t work in that environment,” we said. “People won’t buy it,” we continued. “The software, bandwidth, and methodology will require new skills and techniques which will take too much time!” – we exclaimed.

The pandemic changed all that. Covid-19 forced us to rethink our modus operandi. Being sequestered at home, we began to seek face-to-face contact with family and friends. Along came ZOOM! Family and friends were reluctant learners – afraid to try something new. Once tried, we couldn’t get them to end the session. It was easy. It was fun.


So, we thought this could really work with Personality Dimensions®. Still skeptical, we began to brainstorm how we might structure our 3-day Level I training program. We took a course by Sandra Summerhayes and discussed methodologies with other instructors. While in this phase, we began getting requests for workshops and training!


There is nothing like the prospect of earning money – “Show me the money!” – we said, that inspired us to launch into full design and planning mode. We had nothing else to do – talk to each other all day? Oh, how boring! We needed to spice things up a bit.

We started with one person who really enjoyed the program. But more than that, we found it worked! It was refreshing. Then we had a participant from South Korea. Wow – “the world is our oyster” – we thought. In spite of the time difference, we made it work and it was fantastic.

Then we did a workshop with 4 people, learning how to navigate breakout rooms, whiteboards, Kahoot, videos, audios, etc. We were amazed how easy and fast it was to adapt our materials and PowerPoint to this new environment.
Moreover, our clients gave us the accolades that we shall cherish. No longer are we unbelievers – we have been converted, maybe never to return to the past ways of doing things.


Here are some comments from our clients:

“Exploring and understanding the possible functions of different group set-ups really hit home for me. This idea really has me thinking about the positive self-exploration that can be done in these different set-ups.”

“The material covered is what it says it is… a tool. A tool that was given to me by my knowledgeable facilitators. It not just a bunch of facts that are going sit in my brain and rot, it’s something I will use.”

“The facilitators were, knowledgeable and presented the workshop in a manner that was both interesting and informative. Also, their openness in discussing and sharing their personal situation created a more relaxed environment, which in turn made it more comfortable for me to share.”

Michael Tudor & Larry Konyu are level 3 Master Trainers in Personality Dimensions®. Their company, Kondor Enterprises, has been active for the past 25 years. They can be contacted by visiting their website, http://www.Kondor.ca or by email at michaeltudor@rogers.com or lkonyu@rogers.com

Personality Dimensions Pandemic Pastimes – PD in the Wild

People around the word have had to adjust to a new reality over the last 16 months or so, and make the best of what we are able to do. Next up in our series of Personality Dimensions® Pandemic Pastimes with Master Trainers is Angela Shik. Angela is the director of Dr. Motivate, the Personality Dimensions® distributor in Hong Kong and Macau SAR, People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan. Angela checked in with us after completing her first PD in the workshop…


As we are rearranging our lives around COVID-19, we are experimenting with new ways to keep our training alive, while maintaining social distance. More importantly, we would like to bring positive energy to our clients through the Personality Dimensions® training program. We hope people could take their minds off the stress related to COVID-19 in the few hours they are learning about Personality Dimensions® and enjoying the outdoors.

Although we have been conducting Personality Dimensions® training for many years, we have never delivered a PD workshop in the wild outdoors. Therefore, we consulted Plain Hiker, a company which specializes in designing trail journeys to meet different learning goals.

After detailed planning and route testing, we finally conducted our first PD in the Wild at Tung Chung on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. We had 12 participants and to minimize social contact associated with the distribution of assessment materials, we asked them to complete PD-Online prior to the outdoor workshop. This not only saved us from having to carry all the assessment materials to the outdoor site, it also allowed the participants to complete the assessment in a location of their choice.

In terms of activities, we designed them with social distancing in mind. For brightening, we modified the Survivor Challenge from the Team Building Toolkit by asking each brightened group to find 10 essential items for their survival on the island. For blending, we developed a Campfire activity, and asked blended groups to start their own campfire with the materials provided. We then finished the day with Circle of Self.

We did not have a computer and screen to go through the PowerPoint presentation in the outdoor setting, but we used the PD for Youth pamphlet as a guide to go through the core needs, characteristics, likes, skills, strengths and potential weakness. We also decided to just give out the score sheet from the online report on the day of the event, and send out the soft copy of the full profile report after the event has been completed.

Overall, we had a lot of fun, and the feedback was positive for PD in the Wild! I think using PD-Online is a good way to minimize contact, and holding activities in the outdoors is a great way for our participants to get a breath of fresh air. We still have a lot of improvements to make for PD in the Wild, but I think we are off to a great outdoors start!

Angela W. Y. Shik is a Personality Dimensions Master Trainer. She is the Director of Dr Motivate, the Distributor or Personality Dimensions® training materials and programs in Hong Kong and Macau SAR, People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan.

All three cofounders of Plain Hiker, Judy Chen, Heyman Chan, and Ferdinand Tsang are certified Personality Dimensions® Level 1 Facilitators

Personality Dimensions® Statistics

2020-Statsbot-Work-from-HomeLike many of us this year, The PD Stats Robot (patent still pending) has been doing his best to work from home. The report is a little late getting published because, according to PD Stats Robot, their “dog ate the statistics.” But better late than never.

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 15 years, you will notice very little change with them over time; In fact, there is no change from last year and the previous two years 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 upcoming Wellness Report and Personal Report.

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, on behalf of PD Stats Robot (patent still pending) please remember to be kind, and stay safe in these challenging times.

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® – 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® – “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® – 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