Personality Dimensions®: We’re Big In Japan

A group of non-Japanese-engineers, who had never worked at client-oriented services, joined together and found out how insightful it is to discover one’s uniqueness in Japan! While they are colleagues, they work independently and don’t communicate much in the workplace. They worked on several different teams. Every day they follow a set schedule and deal with machining work individually. Their desire to pave a new career path brought them to Japan to work at a Japanese engineering company.

People are impressed by the Japanese work culture. There is a great deal of attention to detail, schedules are tightly maintained and there are frequent checks to ensure that they are responsible. The high quality of products made in Japan and service here is always being appreciated. Yet, in the background, there are exceptions, as shown in these participant comments.

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“Finally I realize why I easily get mad with the workplace and the leaders! They just don’t follow the manual which originally a good guide to preventing mistakes but they just don’t follow it! Even the leaders don’t do so! Everyone just takes the tools and put them on the table but not back on the corner of the table for the tools! That really puts me under stress.” said an Organized Gold engineer.

“I was so depressed when they kept asking me to find the root cause of the incidents. I explained, but they asked me to keep asking myself Why.” said a Resourceful Orange participant.

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Japanese companies always emphasize the sense of “collective” but not the individual.

They view Teamwork as having a team goal only and do not always look into the strengths and weakness of the individual, especially when placing someone in a position to raise productivity. They view Communication as the report related to the work between each process, but not as providing ways for sharing opinions from the bottom to the top. The deep collectivist working culture makes employees hesitate to express their thoughts and they may feel very guilty when human mistakes occur. This confuses foreign employees to a large extent.

“I found it’s not the REAL me now. I owned a company in my country and I took a lot of effort on the various tasks for my business. I really hate repeating the same work.” said a Resourceful Orange engineer.

“Okay, now I understand why you just told me “Okay,” and seemed unwilling to answer me any more questions when I asked if your leg was okay after the accident.” “Yes, I just wanted to stay alone and not to get any attention as I made a very loud noise when the product dropped.” An Inquiring Green and introverted engineer replied to the extravert.

“I learned how each person is unique from the other, how they behave and what makes me annoyed.” said an Authentic Blue engineer.

Quote from Aristotle, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” We hope that this small step of Personality Dimensions® entering Japanese societies will bring a new insight into human resources management and gain more popularity in Japan.

“I’ve always wanted to do such a personality assessment. I think our company should actually have something like this!” said a Pilipino engineer who has worked for over 5 years in same the company.

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Lok Cheung, Director of Always Alive Workshop, Registered Social Worker, Personality Dimensions® Facilitator (Level I)

Living abroad in Japan. Proficient in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Korean. Working hard on Spanish and Japanese.

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® – It’s World Creativity and Innovation Week

wciw_full_num_73kDid you know that World Creativity and Innovation Week is April 15th to April 21st?

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone felt the strength, and the social and emotional support to navigate life’s challenges?

World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) April 15 – 21 and World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 (WCID) reminds us to make solving problems in new ways an annual event.

The overall purpose is to encourage and remind people to use their creativity (generating new ideas, making new decisions, taking new actions and achieving new outcomes) for innovation that makes the world a better place and makes their place in the world better too.

WCIW/D promotes taking the time to inspire new action, create novel ideas, make new decisions; to solve problems in new ways, using a new pair of eyes.  It provides time to educate, engage, celebrate and open doors that help people experience freedom from suffering and open up to new worlds of what’s possible.

Since its founding as World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2001 in Canada, people in over 50 countries in businesses, schools, associations, organizations, communities and homes have celebrated every year.

Source: http://wciw.org

 

marci2World Creativity and Innovation day founder Marci Segal has been a great friend of Career/LifeSkills Resources, and Personality Dimensions®; her work and ideas have either directly or indirectly influenced what we do.  Last year, Marci shared with us an article on how the four Personality Dimensions® influence creativity. It’s a great resource that is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t had the chance yet.

This year, we are pleased to share that On April 20, 2017, 10:00 am eastern, I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the United Nations from St. Vincent and the Grenadines will read a UN resolution on the floor of the General Assembly to include World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, among the UN Days of Observance which includes Earth Day, Water Day, World Humanitarian Day, and the like.

The great news is that it will be webcast Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 10:00 Eastern Time on UNWebTv.  The staff here will be gathering together to watch; we’re not quite sure how to make that happen yet, but I’m confident we’ll come up with a creative solution!

Find out more on World Creativity and Innovation Week at http://wciw.org.  Follow Marci on twitter @marcisegal.

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® – The Colour of Your Team

team-blackboardHave you ever wondered why your co-workers seem so strange?  Why is that one person’s desk is neat as a pin, yet her co-workers is a total mess?  One co-worker likes to work on projects alone, while another cannot stay in his cubicle for more than 10 minutes – often ‘popping in’ to get your opinion on something.  We all have people in our lives who push our hot buttons – we often ask ourselves – why can’t they just Be Like Me?

The language of temperament helps us to understand the ‘why’ of our co-workers’ weird and wonderful behaviours. Temperament, and in particular the Personality Dimensions® model, gives us a common language to speak in the workplace, which helps us predict such things as how people learn, lead others, socialize, manage their work and overall relate to one another.  Personality Dimensions® gives us a common language to help us understand ourselves, value the gifts that others bring to work, and in general if used positively – can expand and enhance our ability to communicate more effectively.

In the workplace, Personality Dimensions® can be used in a number of different applications, such as; team building, communication, leadership and coaching.  As a former team leader with 35 direct reports, I used Personality Dimensions® to support my employees in their development plans, and to customize coaching plans for them.  Having this common understanding between team leader and employee gives you a reference point to start any conversation.  Is it a magic bullet? No! It’s a tool for busy managers to use to help you be more effective and to ‘manoeuvre’ around the people mine fields.  Also, knowing your own work and communication style can help you to adapt and adopt different styles to be more successful in your daily interactions.

What do the Four Personality Dimensions® look like at work?

Authentic Blues – can be recognized by their open communication style, they are natural catalysts – ‘people people’. They will facilitate team cohesiveness and can be very sensitive to conflict or criticism of self or others. Blues may take things too personally and suffer stress as a result.  What to look for…  A desk full of Self Development Quotes; casual and open.

Inquiring Greens can be recognized as the logical thinkers who ask a lot of questions, they need to be seen as confident and competent by self and others.  They are future thinkers and may get a bad rap for ‘raining on the parade’.  What to look for… A desk with lots of books for research, models; it may look like a mad scientist lives there.

Organized Golds – can be recognized as being the punctual, dependable, reliable employee.  They have a strong sense of what’s right or wrong – they will uphold organizational rules and procedures.  Some can see them as resistant to change.  They just need to know the ‘why’.  What to look for… The name says it all… An organized and neat desk – everything in its place – even the family photos.

Resourceful Oranges – can be recognized by their independence and ability to multitask and troubleshoot a crisis.  They will be looking for the next challenge, and get quickly bored if there is not one, they may even create one to compete with themselves and others.  They can be blunt, and may say what they see.  Freedom and independence in work is critical to the Orange.  What to look for… Desk? What desk?

Add to this mix the element of Introversion/Extraversion, and this adds another layer of complexity to human behaviour at work. Extraverts take their energy from outer stimulation, Introverts from Inner stimulation.  Extraverts may get into trouble by speaking too much at meetings or by blurting out an idea before it has been formulated – it’s how they think (out loud).  Introverts may get into trouble by not speaking enough, getting a bad rap for holding back ideas or information.  They are often just not ready to let go of the idea, or may think they have expressed it and have not.

All of us as leaders have blind spots about our own behaviour – we can all get tripped up with human dynamics.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had one tool that could give you a ‘Coles notes’ insight into the behaviour of others and yourself? Personality Dimensions® can do this.

Managers and team leaders must often lead employees through some difficult changes; it may be office closures, downsizing, staff cuts or just new directions and policies.  Even the stress of performance reviews can be minimized, if you are aware of the employee’s personality style.

I remember the first performance review I ever delivered; the employee was a Gold/Blue. (Let’s call her Donna) I had been warned by her former managers that Donna was difficult and would probably cry if given any criticism.  Donna also had a reputation with staff as being a bit impatient, yet she really knew her stuff and when tackling a problem, she worked the problem until solved.  I went in with a plan to praise her for the great job she had done on a project we worked on together, praising her for her great organizational and tactical abilities.  We did talk about her tendency to be impatient with some and came up with a plan to deal with this (really this was about Donna being interrupted while working on a problem).  Donna did cry at the end of her performance review, but his time for good reason – she said that for the first time ever, she felt someone ‘got her’.  Donna became one of the most productive, motivated and engaged employees on my team.

This stuff works!  Imagine a team of employees who feel/think that they can bring their whole selves to work, that their innate talents and skills be honoured?  It’s a workplace that everyone aspires to, yet for most it is still elusive.  Personality Dimensions® cannot solve every human relations issue, but it can help teams understand each other, promote diversity and co-operation and minimize stressful workplace issues.  Personality Dimensions® can be used for coaching, team dynamics, leadership, customer service, sales and personal development.

 

Irene-AndersonIrene Anderson – CTACC, has brought Personality Dimensions® programs to many teams and individuals. Irene has shared her expertise through consulting, training, speaking and in print.  With her combination of coaching and results-driven facilitating, she has helped executives, managers and entrepreneurs to better success in business and career. Irene has also shared her unique talents with not-for-profit groups, as a volunteer, facilitator and speaker. Irene’s style of facilitation is results oriented, with a focus directly on the client, using a unique Self Discovery process, and a commitment to ensure that all personalities are honoured. Irene is truly dedicated to the success of her clients, and as a career coach has a unique knack for uncovering the talents and strengths of the client, and moving them toward that ‘AHA’ moment when they really begin to embrace who they are meant to be.  http://ireneandersoncoaching.com/