Assessments

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Overview

TotalSDI includes eight valid and reliable assessment tools that help you discover and influence the motives that drive behaviors. These tools provide valuable insights and a proven learning method that people can actually use to develop better leaders, build more effective teams, and reduce the growing costs of conflict.

The Missing Link

Our assessments provide a link between leadership and organizational performance. Research suggests that relationships, while often considered a “soft” skill, actually play a direct role in organizational and team performance. New goals, different team members, and changing roles, structures, and accountabilities are realities in today’s workplace that generate stress, conflict, and other relationship issues at all levels of the organization. Faulty work relationships often result in conflict that impacts every aspect of a business – from board and executive relations, to customer relationship management, supplier partnerships, and employee and labor relations.

Conflict impacts leaders, teams, and individuals, and frequently is the underlying cause of the typical issues that arise in today’s work environments. Studies show that more than 65 percent of performance issues result from strained relationships – up, down, and across the organization. It is not the lack of knowledge, skills, or motivation, but the mismanagement of relationships that creates the greatest cost to organizations.

TotalSDI’s suite of assessments address the root causes of these issues so that people can make meaningful, sustainable changes in how they lead and work with each other.

You’re Speaking My Language!

assesments-overviewTotalSDI assessment tools are available in 26 languages, but what’s more impressive is the language these tools teach. When it comes to relationships, everyone speaks a slightly different “motivational language.” TotalSDI helps you understand your language and the languages other people speak – as well as how those languages change during conflict – so you can more effectively work with people.

When you understand someone’s motivational language – what really matters to them and, more importantly, why it matters – then your differences fade and empathy grows. It’s a recipe for better choices – at home, in the community, at work, or wherever you interact with people. That drives stronger performance among teams and better results.

Suite of Tools

By understanding why people do or say things in certain situations, we can make better decisions and avoid or deal with unproductive conflict more effectively. TotalSDI has the tools needed to develop better leaders, build more effective teams, and reduce the costs of conflict.

The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) helps people understand themselves by helping them understand the motives that drive their behaviors in two different conditions — when things are going well and when they face conflict. By increasing self-awareness and interpersonal awareness, it increases personal effectiveness and interpersonal effectiveness.
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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.
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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.
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The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) – Feedback Edition uncovers differences in perceptions and encourages healthy discussions and constructive feedback.
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The Strengths Portrait – Feedback Edition 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.
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The Overdone Strengths Portrait – Feedback Edition reveals assumptions people make about others and helps to resolve misunderstandings.
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The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) – Expectations Edition can clarify expectations of any role and increase personal effectiveness and satisfaction.
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The Strengths Portrait – Expectations Edition allows individuals and teams to prioritize 28 different strengths (or behaviors) they believe are required for high performance in a particular role. It provides insight into sources of satisfaction and/or misunderstanding with the role and helps people learn how to choose more effective behaviors.
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Selecting the Right Assessment: Ten Criteria to Consider

Download the TotalSDI Solutions Overview:
  • Identify the strongest assessment for leadership development and team effectiveness training.
  • Discover one consultant's experience with TotalSDI as a foundation for high-stakes engagements.
  • Take a deep dive into ten major criteria to evaluate tools used in training programs.
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