SDI : Empowering People in Their Relationships
Wouldn’t it be great if the people in your life came with an instruction manual?
Imagine how much stronger your relationships would be if you really understood what made people tick — both when things were going well and when there was conflict and opposition. The SDI® provides a window into what drives you and what drives others — an understanding that empowers you to communicate in a way that achieves the results you desire.
WHAT IS THE SDI?
SDI is a suite of psychometric tests and a practical methodology for empowering people to improve relationships and manage conflict more effectively. SDI is rooted in the theory of Relationship Awareness®, a self-learning model for effectively and accurately understanding and inferring the motive behind the behavior.
SDI stands for Strength Deployment Inventory,® the name of the flagship self-assessment. Further editions of the SDI complete the relationship picture by looking at feedback, expectations and behavior.
WHY THE SDI WORKS
SDI illuminates the reason for our actions... It provides a picture of what is important to us — going beyond behavior to reveal our driving motivation.
SDI depersonalizes conflict... It’s a non-threatening way to deal with the interpersonal conflict that is too often avoided.
SDI honors our differences... It’s an inventory of the unique way we value different strengths and interpret the actions of others.
SDI is intended for application... It promotes interpersonal insights that are crucial to improving any situation where people interact. The SDI seamlessly integrates relationship and conflict management skills into nearly any training and development program.
RESULTS OUTSIDE OF THE “BOX”
Part of the reason SDI enjoys such high face validity is that its non-normative results reflect participants’ experience of themselves as changing during the course of conflict. The SDI is a dual-state instrument, showing the degree and nature of changes between the going-well state and the conflict state. There are no boxes to be pigeon-holed in. Participants see their results as an arrow on a triangle — and in the case of work with groups, they see their results in the context of their group. Regions of the triangle suggest seven Motivational Value Systems (MVS) based on the locations of the dots and thirteen Conflict Sequences based on the locations of the arrowheads. The location of each dot and arrowhead is derived from the numerical results of the SDI. This picture of personality makes it easier for people to understand the results and talk about them.
COMMUNICATING IS EASIER WHEN YOU KNOW THE LANGUAGE
Many of the world’s most successful individuals believe that being skilled in the art of relationships is a crucial factor in their success. Interpersonal relationship skills help us understand that the way we see things may differ from how other people see things. Recognizing what “motivational language” someone is speaking can greatly enhance our ability to communicate more effectively AND handle conflict more productively. It becomes easier to “relate” to a person’s actions when we understand what drives them from within. The awareness of self and others gained from the SDI helps us make better choices in all our relationships — be they at home, work, school, social or otherwise.