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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.

Strengths Portrait

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.

Selecting the Right Assessment: Ten Criteria to Consider

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