Strength Deployment Inventory® Training – SDI®

Strength Deployment Inventory


"Excellent day of training, really well facilitated. Good style and helpful tool set for future work in teams." 



Interested in using the Strength Deployment Inventory for team building?


Call us on 0800 043 5730 to discuss your SDI event.


In Short:



We deliver SDI Team Building and SDI professional development programmes to organisations like yours


Our programmes are interactive, practical and make a difference on a personal and professional level


We can deliver our SDI programmes anywhere in the UK & World Wide


We tailor the content to meet your learning needs. 




What does the Strength Deployment Inventory mean for you?

It's simple – your business performance is directly affected by your people's ability to communicate effectively and their levels of motivation.


Technical skill and ability is only half the story.  The quality of our work relationships affects work performance and productivity.  The quality of our professional relationships (with both colleagues and managers) grossly affects how long we stay with a company and how much we give.  The Seratoga Institute, based on over 19,000 exit interviews, found that that some aspect of the individual's relationship with their manager was a major reason for leaving in 80% of cases. When interviewed, 85% of those managers thought that the reason for leaving was for career opportunity and higher reward. The CiPD estimate the total cost of conflict in the UK to be in the billions and with hundreds of millions of lost work days.  Also take into consideration the cost of recruitment, selection & assessment and then job training, you soon have reasons to put some focus on relationship awareness training.


The Strength Deployment Inventory® is simple to use and easy to understand. It allows managers, teams and individuals to communicate and relate to others more effectively. It moves beyond the external behaviours we experience in others and into the motivations, intentions and values that drive them.  As a learning tool, it opens up a conversation about how we prefer to relate to the world and have others relate to us. Understanding our own Motivational Value Systems, those of others, and how we react when these are compromised provides the opportunity to accelerate the building of stronger, more resourceful and more effective teams in any environment.

Our Strength Deployment Inventory® Training Programmes can help you to:


Accelerate team building, development and performance


Build more effective and rewarding relationships with others


Increase productivity through a more motivated workforce


Increase performance through the reduction of conflict


Develop your negotiation and influencing skills


Develop your leadership capability and emotional intelligence

How much?

All of our Strength Deployment Inventory® training programmes are designed with your exact needs in mind so contact us for a competitive price.  If you are an individual living in the UK, you can also take the Strength Deployment Inventory online .  


What is the Strength Deployment Inventory®?


The Strength Deployment Inventory® is the result of the research and work by Elias H. Porter on Relationship Awareness Theory, and is based on the early works of Freud and Fromm. Fundamental to its core are 4 underpinning principles:


We all do what we do because we want to feel good about ourselves


We tend to take two different approaches to life; when we feel things are going well, and when we feel that we are faced with opposition or conflict


A personal weakness is no more or no less than the overdoing or misapplying of a personal strength


We naturally tend to perceive the behaviours of others through our own Motivational Value System.


 SDI Strength Deployment Inventory Iceberg

Strength Deployment Inventory® – Personal Strengths & Feedback Tools

SDI Strength Deployment Inventory Expectations Edition

Strength Deployment Inventory® – Expectations Edition

A fundamental but often overlooked part of any relationship is clarifying expectations. Perhaps we usually find these out over time, or as and when the need arises – often at the cost of conflict or damage to the relationship. This tool allows relational expectations to be clarified in a useful and safe way, providing the user with valuable learning opportunities and information from the beginning. Maybe it is your first day in your new role, with your new team, or perhaps you are wanting to take your performance to the next level and improve the quality of working relationships. Either way, the Strength Deployment Inventory®Expectations edition will give you a valuable and different perspective.  If you are an individual living in the UK, you can take the Strength Deployment Inventory online.


SDI Strength Deployment Inventory Feedback Edition

Strength Deployment Inventory® – Feedback Edition

Effective feedback is an important part of any personal development process.  Traditional 360 feedback tools focus on skills, capability and competence.  Enhance this process further through the Strength Deployment Inventory®Feedback edition.   If you are an individual living in the UK, you can take the Strength Deployment Inventory online.


The Strength Deployment Inventory® Feedback edition explores a very different angle, seeking feedback on both intention and motivation. As this tool does not deal with skill, ability or competency, the results can be used as a safe and rich platform to explore what was 'meant' and what was 'received'. This in turn creates a greater depth of understanding and personal effectiveness in what we do and how we do it.



Strength Deployment Inventory Trainer Certified

Strength Deployment Inventory® – Feedback Edition

Our Strength Deployment Inventory® trainers are certified and experienced practitioners, having undertaken the official facilitator training. We use the Strength Deployment Inventory® on a regular basis with a variety of teams and individuals.


Who is it for?

The Strength Deployment Inventory® can be used with any intact, front line, leadership and management teams, including; junior, middle, senior and executive management. Whether you want to kick-start a newly formed team, are looking to develop your existing team or want to enhance your leadership skills, the versatility of the Strength Deployment Inventory® can really help with improving motivation and the quality of relationships.  We use the Strength Deployment Inventory as part of our Leadership Development and our Team Building & Development programmes.

Dates & Locations:

You decide! We can deliver our Strength Deployment Inventory® programmes at your place of work, a venue of your choice and at a number of specialist outdoor venues throughout the UK.  We deliver our SDI® programmes throughout the UK, to include London, Manchester, Birmingham and also internationally.  

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What our clients say

What our clients say


Spirax Sarco: Strength Deployment Inventory® & Team Building


"Really useful, challenging my comfort zone at times (good thing)! Excellent facilitation to allow honest/open discussion without recrimination."


"It's a simple, easy to follow programme and its simplicity has many advantages."


 "Excellent – looking forward to doing this with my team!"


"Right balance of learning, structure, interaction, activity and fun."


Department for International Development: Strength Deployment Inventory® and Team Building in London


"Excellent day of training, really well facilitated. Good style and helpful tool set for future work in teams."


  "Good framework for analysing my responses to different situations and for understanding the responses of others."


"Concrete actions points to follow up on."


Toyota Financial Services, Strength Deployment Inventory® Training & Improving Team Performance


"Excellent application of a good framework that will provide all participants with a toolkit for their personal/professional development.  The next step is to live the theory and see what difference it makes – next bit is up to us individually/collectively."


"I feel every company should do this.  I will surely recommend to many of my friends."


"I have found the course helpful to me, so I may understand how to change my behaviour and work on my relationships in the workplace and socially."



The Strength Deployment Inventory® in action:


As part of one of our client's interest in organisational development, we took the whole department through the Strength Deployment Inventory®.  We can use the results to form a number of conclusions:


Strength Deployment Inventory Team Composite


The majority of the department have a Flexible-Cohering (in the centre), Cautious-Supporting (blue-green), or Altruistic-Nurturing (blue) Motivational Value System.



In relation to the above, this is likely to affect the department's culture in a number of ways.  The department is likely to be motivated by being flexible and accommodating (Hub), developing self-sufficiency in others through thoughtful systems and procedures (blue-green) and seeking opportunities for the protection, grown and welfare of others (blue).



It is far less likely to be motivated by task accomplishment and the organisation of resources (red), and by intelligent assertiveness and fair competition (red-green).  These are also known as blind-sides.



It is less likely to be motivated by establishing meaningful order, being self-reliant and independent (green).With a profile such as this, we would recommend clearly communicating the benefits of change in how it will help and support both employees and their relationships with clients and each other.  Any change process here should include ways in which all employees can be personally involved, giving particular focus to individual support, ideas, knowledge and inclusion.


We would also be encouraging employee development through activities and behaviours which may be less-than-comfortable to them, such as; working to short deadlines (red), promoting healthy competition (red), strategic prioritisation of workload to maximise use of time and achieve maximum results (red-green) and developing greater self-sufficiency through independent working (green) and spending more time on the finer detail and making sure work that all work is accurate and that all the facts are correct (green).


Knowing this information allows our clients to plan their interventions within their employees with greater success whilst meeting their personal needs.  The mishandling of change and employee development can be a costly process.  Use this SDI® to help ensure you get it right!


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