Working With SDI

Improve Your Relationships and Results With the Strength Deployment Inventory

Look at any successful organization and you will see one thing at its core — relationships. From suppliers and investors, to employees and customers, it takes a range of partnerships to run a business. You need people to get things done.

The problem is, relationships can be challenging to navigate. So we sometimes neglect or undermine those harder relationships or situations at the cost of our own success.

Knowing how to build productive relationships is a critical skill that yields more successful, satisfying work.
Working With SDI book offers a fresh look at how you relate to others and how to improve relationships right where you are. It explores the three primary motives we all share and how we express those motives under two conditions:

  1. When things are going well.
  2. When we are in conflict.

When you understand the motives that drive behavior — both yours and others’ — you make better decisions about how to communicate and collaborate. You also learn how to identify, prevent and navigate conflict. All of this combined leads to stronger relationships and more powerful results, together.

What’s Inside

Working With SDI is designed to serve as a reference guide for improving relationships. The book is divided into five sections with color-coordinated pages for easy referencing at a glance.

Part I provides an overview and the history of the SDI and introduces you to the SDI language of relationships. It also explains how the SDI results are reported.

Part II explores Motivational Value Systems (MVS) — how the three primary motivations work together as a system when things are going well — and the seven different MVS types. Each type is described in detail and includes suggested approaches for working together effectively and preventing conflict.

When people experience conflict, the three primary motivations work in sequence — the Conflict Sequence. Part III reviews the 13 distinct conflict sequences and how to engage each one.

Part IV makes the connection between Strengths and Reasons — what drives us to choose certain strengths for various situations.

Part V
features the appendices, including supporting data, research, the index and an overview of the SDI view of personality.

What You’ll Learn

Through your reading, you will:

  • Deepen your knowledge of the SDI.
  • Understand what motivates each person to work productively.
  • Address, avoid and manage conflict.
  • Prevent “overdone” or misapplied strengths.
  • Better communicate expectations.
  • Provide and receive meaningful feedback.
  • Learn a shared language to dialogue about motives and strengths.
  • Find ideas to engage your strengths to be more productive.
  • Build productive, rewarding, sustainable relationships.

The book complements SDI training and provides an easy-to-use reference for those applying Relationship Awareness Theory.

Take the Next Step

Working With SDI combines credible theory and research with practical application to help you understand hidden intentions, recognize conflict triggers and better connect with others.

Stronger relationships deliver stronger results — get your copy of Working With SDI today.


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