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Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) - helps you navigate the intersection of self-awareness and team effectiveness.
SDI involves helping people understand how their motives drive their behaviours, how those motives and behaviours change during different situations, and how to develop a better understanding of the motive-driven behaviours of others.
We Help You Navigate the Intersection of Self-Awareness and Team Effectiveness.
Our approach involves helping people understand how their motives drive their behaviors, how those motives and behaviors change during different situations, and how to develop a better understanding of the motive-driven behaviors of others. It’s an approach that drives stronger relationships and more effective teams. This philosophy has driven our approach for more than 40 years with more than 2+ million people and it’s more important than ever in modern work environments
With the Millennial generation growing as a force in the workplace, with technological advances connecting people around the globe, and with a heightened sense of consciousness about creating meaningful work, the ability to interact effectively with others is critical.
Our tools are designed to help people understand themselves and others – not just how we behave, but why we behave in certain ways – and that understanding can lead to meaningful, practical changes in leaders and teams that minimize conflict and maximize effectiveness.
People are Complex; Relationships Don't Have to Be
People are complex, and that can make interacting with people challenging. At times, it can make them downright difficult.
TotalSDI is based on powerful yet simple approaches to helping individuals and teams develop the awareness and skills they need to build more effective personal and professional relationships. It helps them sustain those relationships by understanding the underlying motivations of themselves and others under two conditions – when things are going well and when there is conflict. Our approach helps people recognize they are free to choose behaviors that accommodate their values, while also taking into account the values of others.
This dynamic and powerful way of looking at the motives that drive behaviors aids in building effective communication and productive work relationships.
Consultants, coaches and trainers who use TotalSDI typically sum up our approach in three ways: It’s smart. It’s sticky. And it’s useful. Of course, every tool on the market makes the same claims, so let’s look a little deeper at what really makes the TotalSDI approach different from other assessments.
Smarter, Stickier, More Useful
We already acknowledged that other tools also claim to be smart, sticky, and useful, just like TotalSDI. Our partners – consultants, coaches, and trainers who use TotalSDI – tell us what makes our products different, however, is that ours are smarter, stickier, and more useful. So we’ll embrace the praise.
Smarter. Our foundation and framework consists of more than 40 years of rigorous academic research. Famed psychologist Dr. Elias Porter created the SDI and developed the Relationship Awareness Theory, which has four main premises:
Stickier. TotalSDI provides a suite of tools that are elegant in their design, making them easy to understand and remember. There are only 20 questions in the SDI assessment, so it takes far less time to complete than many other assessments. And the simple triangle graphic, the easy-to-relate-to descriptions, and the use of primary colors provide markers that people intuitively understand and remember.
More useful. Smart is good. Sticky is good. But neither of those things matter if the content is confined to a book or workshop. The question is, can it help people in their daily interactions? And the answer is, “Absolutely!” In fact, one thing that distinguishes it from many other assessment tools is that its usefulness applies in changing situations when the stakes are high. It provides a framework for understanding motivations when things are going well and when important relationships slide into conflict. The common, friendly language helps create a safe environment for people to talk about the challenges they face with their interpersonal relationships.
Do you know what your strengths are?
Do you know how they contribute to your productivity and success?
TotalSDI is a suite of eight easy-to-use and easy-to-understand assessment tools that allow people to unlock the mysteries of personal motivation so they can become better leaders, build stronger teams, and more effectively deal with the inevitable conflicts that arise at work.
The TotalSDI Suite of Assessments
Our suite of assessments provides practical methods for empowering people to build the skills they need to improve organizational and team performance. These tools are based on a self-learning model for effectively and accurately understanding and inferring the motives behind behaviors.
Our tools and assessments help people better understand the motives that drive their behaviors and the motives that drive the behaviors of the people they interact with. When we really understand what makes people tick – both when things are going well and when there is conflict – we can make better decisions and achieve greater results.
Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)
This powerful self-assessment helps people understand themselves by helping them understand the motives that drive their behaviors. But it doesn’t stop there. It also helps them understand the motives that drive the behaviors of others. By increasing self-awareness and interpersonal awareness, it increases personal and interpersonal effectiveness. And by showing the differences in how people are motivated in two different conditions – when things are going well and when things are in conflict – the SDI actually serves as two assessments in one. Understanding why people do or say things differently helps prevent unproductive conflicts by raising awareness that people are truly motivated by different things. The assessment is available online or in a paper version, and the results are available online regardless of which version you take.
We all have our “go-to” behaviors – the things we know we do well and that we trust, in part because they are comfortable and in part because they’ve worked in the past. The Strengths Portrait ranks how a person values and uses 28 unique strengths (or behaviors) to produce a picture of how they choose certain behaviors when working with people. This portrait sets the stage for learning to use the most effective strengths in a given situation. It’s also useful for defining the collective strengths of a team. And it sets the stage for understanding how using different behaviors can contribute to optimal results. The Strengths Portrait is available online or in a paper version, and the results are available online regardless of which version you take.
Overdone Strengths Portrait
It’s all too easy to develop blind spots about the behaviors we believe work well for us in relationships. The Overdone Strengths Portrait ranks how frequently a person may overdo the 28 different strengths (our unique perspective on what most would call ‘weaknesses’). This provides insight into the costs of overdone strengths and reveals sources of preventable conflict. It helps people make more informed behavior choices by recognizing when they are about to overdo a strength. When the costs of overdone strengths become clear, people feel empowered to use other, more effective behaviors. The Overdone Strengths Portrait is available online or in a paper version, and the results are available online regardless of which version you take.
Strengths Portrait - Expectations Edition
This portrait allows individuals and teams to prioritize 28 different strengths (or behaviors) they believe are required for high performance in a particular role. This flexible tool can be used as a self-assessment for a person’s own role, as a feedback instrument, or to clarify expectations of a vacant role. It provides insight into sources of satisfaction and/or misunderstanding with the role and helps people learn how to choose more effective behaviors. This Strengths Portrait is available online or in a paper version, and the results are available online regardless of which version you take.
Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) - Expectations Edition
Understanding expectations is an important and often overlooked part of measuring and managing satisfaction with any role, job, position, or relationship. The SDI Expectations Edition can clarify expectations of any role and increase personal effectiveness and satisfaction. When different stakeholders have different perceptions of what is required of someone, it often leads to conflict or a lack of satisfaction – for the stakeholders or for the person in the role. The SDI Expectations Edition provides an objective forum to get expectations out in the open and on paper so differences can be discussed in a non-threatening and non-judgmental way. The assessment is available online or in a paper version, and the results are available online regardless of which version you take.
Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) - Feedback Edition
Feedback has the power to open the doors of understanding and is a vital component to managing conflict and building effective teams. The SDI Feedback Edition uncovers differences in perceptions and encourages healthy discussions and constructive feedback. It is a non-adversarial way to shine a light on destructive misperceptions. Increased awareness and understanding lead to empathy, which lead to healthier interactions during feedback discussions. The SDI Feedback Edition is available online only.
Strengths Portrait - Feedback Edition
Similarities and differences naturally arise as people use their strengths when working with each other. This portrait allows people who provide feedback to create a picture of the strengths they see another person using most and least often in their relationship. It provides ways to effectively communicate constructive feedback by getting those perceptions out in the open. It includes an easy-to-use gap analysis for identifying specific areas for attention. A detailed chart provides practical examples of common reasons, purposes, and intentions that drive certain behaviors. In other words, they connect the “why” to the strengths people choose. This assessment is available online only.
Overdone Strengths Portrait - Feedback Edition
This portrait offers a unique, non-confrontational way of giving feedback by addressing the potential cause of the conflict — not the conflict itself. It reveals assumptions people make about others and helps to resolve misunderstandings. It effectively explores differences in perceptions about how people may overdo or misapply their strengths, thereby causing unwarranted conflict in relationships. Specific areas are highlighted through an easy-to-use gap analysis. This assessment is available online only.
Can you recognize when you “overdo” or misapply your strengths and inadvertently cause conflict?