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® – Continuing Education Units

Did you know that Personality Dimensions® qualifies for Continuing Education Units through a couple of professional associations?  These can benefit you as a professional, and serve as an added value to your clients who take your programs.

CPHRFor those of you in Alberta, you can earn 24 CPD hours with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta. They have approved 24 CPD hours (Continued Professional Development) for members who have completed the Personality Dimensions Level 1 Certification Program.

mpcGet a group of mortgage professionals together, and teach them how to develop their “Personality Radar.”  The Mortgage Professionals Canada has re-approved 4 Continuing Education Credits in 2018 for members who have participated in a Sales Dimensions™ workshop delivered by a Personality Dimensions Certified Trainer.

More details on these opportunities can be found at: http://www.personalitydimensions.com/ceus

 

Most importantly, let your professional associations know that you want to earn Continuing Education Credits for yourself and your clients with Personality Dimensions®.  Are you a professional organization looking to offer more opportunities for your members?  Contact bwhitehorn@clsr.ca and we can make it happen.

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® – Musings from the Back Office

teacher-and-studentA friend, and also, incidentally, a Personality Dimensions® Master Facilitator, recently told me about a book of short stories called “Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon.” I found the title intriguing. It evoked great memories of being a student working summers and weekends at a local history museum as an historic interpreter. Autumn meant that hot apple cider, complete with cinnamon sticks, would be mulling over an open fire in one of buildings.

I like a good, weighty book, one that requires my attention for many hours – and I usually have two or three on the go at the same time. A collection of short stories, subtitled “Stories of Finding Love in Unexpected Places” would normally send me running in another direction. However, I am glad that I listened and ordered this particular book.

One story asks how many of us have struggled with our own unique design because of the lack of freedom to discover and express who we are?

This is the story of a teacher who had taken the time to observe and understand one uniquely gifted student and discovered a unique way to help him reach out and join the rest of the world.  The student in this story has autism. But the question applies to all of us from time to time.

As I thought about it I realized that as Personality Dimensions® facilitators we have the tools that enable us to understand those things that make each of us the unique person that we are and then be able to respectfully build communication bridges. That’s quite a gift.

Thanks, Cecile, for getting me to read this book.

 

Onward and upward 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® – 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/

 

Special Bonus

As a bonus to the Personality Dimensions® In Action blog readers and subscribers, Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. is offering a 25% discount off the retail price of Great Parenting Skills for Navigating your Kid’s Personality until the end of September. Buy one for yourself, or give one as a gift to friends with kids! Use coupon code “backtoschool” when checking out at www.clsr.ca or call 1-877-680-0200 to place your order today!

Personality Dimensions® – Winning Workshop Strategies

Winning Workshop StrategiesI have been going through a number of the support materials for Personality Dimensions® lately. Many are, or will soon be, under revision and as they come up for revision you will also see that instead of being in traditional print editions that the latest editions will be produced on USB drives.

It’s been an interesting exercise and I’ve been reacquainting myself with many of the products. One that I am currently revisiting is Winning Workshop Strategies. This collection of exercises, strategies and techniques, and the accompanying actual group feedback information is powerful. The content makes a strong contribution to the Personality Dimensions® model and is tremendously valuable, especially if you are working with smaller groups. When we published Winning Workshop Strategies we intended it to be a natural extension of the basic materials covered in Building Blocks.

I’m just flipping through the appendices and seeing the notes in sections such as Team Building/Conflict Management (Strengths We Bring to a Team; Potential Team Work Weaknesses; Sources of Conflict; Preventions or Solutions); Conflict Resolution (Sources of Conflict; Behaviours/Responses; Needs/Solutions); Capitalizing On Differences (Getting Cooperation; Rewarding Performance); Lesser Known Qualities or Traits; and the Identifying the Person at Risk (Feeling Good; Feeling Bad) charts all  provide a wealth of great information for strengthening the development of your clients’ Personality Radar – and work toward greater understanding of and respect for everyone else. And I haven’t touched on all the other materials in this handy little resource.

If you’re looking for some great ideas for techniques and exercises for your Personality Dimensions® workshops I highly recommend that you take a look at Winning Workshop Strategies. In fact, I’m so enthusiastic about this book that I’ve authorized a special sale of it at $26.00 per copy* (plus taxes and shipping). The regular price is $40.00 so that’s a 35% discount – from now until September 15th, 2017, while quantities of the print edition last! Enjoy your summer!

Onward and upward 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.

*Please note, this offer is available for orders placed with Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc. in Canada only.  Pricing and offers may vary with local distributors.

Personality Dimensions® Statistics

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PD Stats Robot (Patent Still Pending)

It’s that time of year again when the PD Stats Robot (patent still pending) finally gets to take a short rest after crunching a year’s worth of Personality Dimensions® workshop statistics.  The PD Stats Robot and the rest of the staff at Career/LifeSkills Resources 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 12 years, you will notice very little change with them over time.  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 PD for Youth™.

We ask that every time you conduct an Introductory or Application Session that your keep track of your participants’ Primary Colour Preference, and Introversion/Extraversion preference.  You can find a form on the disk included with your Building Blocks/Manual to do this.  Statistics can then be faxed in 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.

Personality Dimensions® – No Hot Pets Pledge

MollyIf anyone has visited us at the Career/LifeSkills office in Aurora, you may have met our unofficial mascot, Molly.  She convinced us to take the #NoHotPets pledge, and invite anyone who brings their furry friends along to pickup their order, to please bring them inside.  Molly is an Authentic Blue (with a high secondary Organized Gold – don’t mess with her schedule!) and cares deeply about her fellow furry creatures in this weather.

no hot pets

 

Personality Dimensions® – Meet the Master Trainers

Continuing in our series of introducing our Master Trainers, it’s truly a great pleasure for me to introduce Dr. Roberta Neault. I’ve known Roberta for so long now that it’s hard for me to remember a time when we weren’t working on, or refining, some project or other. She’s a soft-spoken but powerful and extremely effective force in shaping career development in Canada and been recognized and awarded for her commitment nationally and internationally. It’s actually very difficult to keep track of Roberta. When I send her an e-mail I never know from what part of the globe she will respond! For me it’s been a tremendous pleasure and privilege to know and work with Roberta. Most recently we had a few brief moments of catch-up time while registering at the hotel for the Cannexus conference – and in truly wonderful Authentic Blue fashion she greeted me with a great warm, open smile and a hug.

Roberta’s been involved with Personality Dimensions® from long before we actually published any of the materials and I am very grateful to her for sharing her expertise with all of us and her commitment to Personality Dimensions®. If you ever get the chance to hear Roberta at a conference or have a cup of coffee with her count it as a real privilege, I know that I do.

In her own words …

Roberta-Neault-160x240“It’s interesting to reflect on my history with Personality Dimensions® – I can recall providing feedback on some of the earliest materials before the tool was even officially launched. Then there was a transitional period when I had training booked for True Colors Level 1 and 2 and had to sort out what to do when I knew that Personality Dimensions® was almost ready to go public. We gave those participants “two for the price of one” and certified them in both models at the same time – that took a lot of binders! I then provided Bridging training for hundreds, perhaps over a thousand, True Colors trainers to equip them to transition to the new tools. Our Level 2 trainees have come from the UK, the US, and all parts of Canada and I’ve facilitated Personality Dimensions® workshops with clients from throughout Asia, South and Central America, North America, Europe, and Africa – it resonates with groups of diverse ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.

I’ve had the privilege of expanding the Personality Dimensions® suite of resources by writing and/or co-authoring most of the Personality Dimensions® Toolkits for Trainers, working on the Retirement Dimensions tool and toolkit, and co-developing the Level 1 Online Training with Dr. Deirdre Pickerell and the support of our team at Life Strategies Ltd. One of the most challenging projects was developing PD Basics as it was intended to be useful for two very distinct audiences – English language learners and individuals with low literacy. We had to ensure that the language was clear and simple but not insulting, suitable for adults who might speak English fluently but struggle with reading but also for adults who might be very well educated but struggle to understand English. We also wanted the tool to be useful in a mixed group, not singling out individuals who would have struggled with the regular package but seamlessly equipping them to keep up with the assessment activities. The PD Basics materials have achieved all of those goals!

I’ve been especially impressed with the publishers, Career/LifeSkills Resources – they have been so open to feedback, supportive of extending the suite of resources, and responsive to trainers’ needs. I also appreciate the enthusiasm of the family of Personality Dimensions® trainers. I recall attending a conference in the Maritime region where one exhibitor was eagerly introducing me to the Personality Dimensions® products at her table and all of the benefits of using Personality Dimensions® until she suddenly noticed that my name tag matched the author’s name for most of the books on her table!

I’ve used Personality Dimensions® in a variety of settings but one of my most memorable moments was with a group of hospice volunteers. As you’d expect, many of them had strong preferences for Authentic Blue and, of course, kept trying to engage their dying residents and family members in the types of creative activities that Authentic Blues tend to love. They were frustrated by the lack of interest and appreciation that they were getting from some people – what an “aha moment” when they recognized that not everyone wants to spend their final days scrapbooking or telling stories! Personality Dimensions® is SUCH a wonderful tool for helping us to recognize and celebrate both similarities AND differences!”

 

Credentials: Canadian Certified Counsellor, Certified Career Development Practitioner, Global Career Development Facilitator – Instructor, Personality Dimensions Master Trainer

Degrees: PhD (Educational Psychology), MA (Counselling Psychology), BEd (Special Education / Psychology)

You can reach Roberta through the Life Strategies website: www.lifestrategies.ca, at roberta@lifestrategies.ca or the Life Strategies office:  604-856-2386  Follow her on Twitter: @RobertaNeault