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The Strength Deployment Inventory

Psychometric exercises work as a self discovery tool to improve relationships within teams and organisations. The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), by highlighting strengths across the team, can have an immediate and long lasting impact on improving the quality of these relationships.

The Strength Deployment Inventory is amongst the most accessible psychometric tools:

  • It is based upon a short questionnaire that can be completed in approximately 15 minutes
  • The use of colour on the SDI triangle displays the outcomes clearly and simply
  • All team members can be plotted on one triangle, giving a clear picture of your team’s balance of strengths
  • Participants are able to plot their position on the SDI triangle themselves
  • Each participant receives a book containing supporting information

The Strength Deployment Inventory Strength Deployment Inventorycan show clearly why certain people have the impact on us they do and how we may be impacting on them. Participants also learn how to recognise issues in relationships and how to communicate in more flexible and effective ways. By relating to people in a way that respects their motivations, you increase the chance that any potential conflict will be prevented. However, with early recognition interpersonal conflict, when managed correctly, can contribute to creative solutions and stronger relationships.

Psychometric Exercises Overview

The Strength Deployment Inventory is a questionnaire-based psychometric exercise that presents participants with a series of statements and asks them to allocate points depending on how they feel about the statement. At the end of the series of statements, a personal score enables participants to plot their results on a chart. Results include motivational values as well as preferences for dealing with conflict.

The results for the whole team can be combined to show the range of strengths and values across the group. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers – the exercise should be seen as an opportunity to take stock of motivational values as a basis for how an individual feels and acts in different situations.

After participants have completed their inventories, a facilitated discussion examines how to use these strengths effectively to improve working or personal relationships with others.

The Strength Deployment Inventory is protected by worldwide copyright and is registered to Personal Strengths Publishing Inc. For further information see www.totalsdi.uk/assessments/the-power-of-the-sdi/.