Personality Dimensions® – Meet the Master Trainers

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

Michael Tudor
Michael Tudor

“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)

Certifications/Qualifications: MBTI facilitator; Tribes Trainer; Personality Dimensions Master Facilitator/Trainer.

Contributions to Personality Dimensions include:

Co-author: Differentiated Instruction: Personality Dimensions and Learning Styles (with husband Larry Konyu)

DVD: The Lighter Side of Talking in Colour.

Michael has also authored the book: Practical Classroom Strategies For Every Teacher.

Michael can be reached at michaeltudor@rogers.com or through his website at www.kondor.ca.

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

Personality Dimensions® – Meet the Master Trainers

Continuing in our series of introducing our Master Trainers, it’s my pleasure to present Deirdre Pickerell. I’ve always considered it to be a real privilege to work with Deirdre. She’s been involved with so many aspects of Personality Dimensions® over the years that it’s hard to keep track. She always brings tremendous professionalism and her wonderful joie de vivre to everything she does. Deirdre and her colleagues at Life Strategies have breathed life into an on-line training program that shapes great Personality Dimensions® facilitators and she continues to keep in touch with Personality Dimensions®colleagues from across the country and around the globe.  ~Denise Hughes

In her own words …

Deirdre Pickerell“I’ve had the privilege of working with Personality Dimensions® since its earliest days. As a former True Colors Level 2 Trainer, I was one of those who loved using the tool but was disappointed in the quality of some of the materials and the lack of ongoing research and validation. All that changed when Personality Dimensions® was launched; it was hard to not be overjoyed with the vibrant Personality Dimensions® materials, the inclusion of descriptors and symbols, and the more robust Traits & Characteristics Choices Checklist and, of course, the inclusion of the Introversion/Extraversion Quiz.

In those early days, many of my clients hadn’t heard of Personality Dimensions® so would request additional True Colors workshops. In every single instance, however, we seamlessly shifted to Personality Dimensions® and had incredibly positive responses to this new tool.

Over the past several years, I’ve facilitated countless Personality Dimensions® workshops with corporate groups, across a wide range of industries, as well as within non-profit agencies and educational institutions. Topics have also varied, from team strengthening and career building to leadership development and work/life balance. I’ve also had the honour of co-authoring, with fellow Master Trainer Dr. Roberta Neault, several Personality Dimensions® materials, including the Conflict Management; Leadership Development; Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service; and Work-Life Balance Toolkits for Trainers; the PD Basics Materials; and the Personality Dimensions® in a Virtual World guide.

Denise has also trusted me, and the Life Strategies team, with delivering Personality Dimensions® Facilitator (Level 1) training online. This facilitator-led, interactive course mimics the face-to-face training and helps to bring Personality Dimensions to those in rural and remote communities who may not be able to access the facilitator training. We’ve also welcomed participants from 5 countries.

I love working with Personality Dimensions® and am especially proud of the impact workshops have on participants. There is immense learning that occurs as people celebrate their similarities and explore how their differences make them stronger. I’m also deeply honoured to have recently learned I am one of the longest holders of Master Trainer status are still active! Makes me wonder . . . what’s next??!”

Degrees: PhD (Human and Organizational Systems); MA (Human Development; MEd (Educational Leadership)

Certifications/Qualifications: Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR); Global Career Development Facilitator Master Trainer (GCDF-i); Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trainer; BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory Facilitator; Personality Dimensions® Master Trainer

Deirdre can be reached through the Life Strategies website (www.lifestrategies.ca), via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/deirdrepickerell/ or on Twitter @deirdrepickerel

Personality Dimensions® – Making the PD-Online™ Assessment System More Accessible

Earlier today I came across the phrase “Character is what you are when no one is looking.” It reminded me of how we ask people to respond to the Personality Dimensions® assessment: as they are when they are relaxed, maybe sitting at home with a good cup of tea or coffee.

The process of developing, and evolving, an online version of the Personality Dimensions® assessment has been interesting to say the least. I have certainly learned a lot of lessons along the way. I stand in awe of those programmers and visionaries who have made, and continue to make, big strides in this technology.

One of those strides has resulted in a new way for facilitators to make Personality Dimensions® available to their clients. Entitled Self-Registration Link for Clients, facilitators can share their specifically designated links any way they wish – via e-mail, text message, social media groups / events, however they find it easiest – to communicate with their clients.  As a facilitator, you have a series of unique URL links that you can share with your clients that allow them to self-register directly to your account. These URLs can be found at the bottom of you Profile screen, which is accessible from the Dashboard Menu.

self registration links

 

If you have any questions about using your Self-Registration Links for Clients, most of the answers can be found on page 10 of the user guide, found on your facilitator dashboard.  If you are still stumped, you can reach out to our tech support genius at techsupport@clsr.ca.

We would love to hear from you with suggestions about how to make Personality Dimensions® more easily accessible to your clients. Keep in touch – Personality Dimensions® continues to grow – did you see that we passed the million assessments taken mark – because of you!

Onward and upward from the Inquiring Green in the back office!

 

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

The Personality Dimensions® Master Trainers have been a vital part of the work that goes into ongoing development of Personality Dimensions®.  As first in our series, we would like to introduce you to Kate Jones, M.Ed.  Kate was kind enough to share a little bit about herself, and her history with Personality Dimensions®:

“The very first time I had the privilege of teaching temperament theory in a corporate setting, a participant, whose primary colour was Organized Gold, marvelled at its accuracy with, “I am a textbook Gold!” She clasped my hand at the end to thank me for helping her understand herself and like what she discovered about her special attributes. As a facilitator whose primary colour is Authentic Blue can you imagine how that made me feel? I’ m enabling people, one at a time, to like whom they discover is at the core of their being, Since that day I have not lost this feeling that Personality Dimensions® allows me to bring meaning into people’s lives, to help them discover their strengths, whether they work in schools, not-for-profit companies or corporate Canada.

Then there are the parents whom I work with often. Those who come to my seminar usually have at least one child that they may not understand as well as they would like, or whom they want to parent the best way they know how. In one of my very first parent seminars I had a mom approach me with tears in her eyes, saying “You just saved my family from a lot of heartache; I thought there was something very wrong with my daughter and now I realise that she is just completely different from her father and I….and that’s ok”! Again, for an Authentic Blue, I know that delivering Personality Dimensions® to people in a variety of settings is my calling.

As a result of some of my volunteer activities over the years with the Oakville Community Foundation, the United Way, the Canadian Cancer Society and OAAPT,  for example, I have had opportunity to deliver a Personality Dimensions® seminar. As for other volunteer positions I’ve been privileged to contribute in places such as churches, Burlington Art Gallery, Bronte Advisory Committee, and UWC, where my understanding of temperament has helped me understand and appreciate the people with whom I have worked over the years.”

Degrees: M.Ed. (Teaching & Learning); Honours B.A. (English & Psychology)

Certificates: Training & Development, Level IV Energy Diagnostic & Treatment Specialist, Solution Focused Counsellor, Positive Psychology Specialist, Retire To The Life You Design Facilitator, 2 Young 2 Retire Facilitator, Relocation and Transition Specialist, True Colors Facilitator, FIRO-B Facilitator, MBTI Trainer, and Personality Dimensions Facilitator/Master Trainer

Aside from being a great supporter and frequently running seminars, Kate’s contributions to Personality Dimensions® include

Kate has also authored the book: Her Journey: Stories of Entrepreneurs

Kate can be reached through her website: http://www.skills4people.com, or on Twitter @KateJonesAssoc.