Improve your team’s cohesion and productivity with a Performance Booster Workshop

Gain a deeper understanding of what makes your team members tick (and what ticks them off!)

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This unique workshop combines psychological insights gleaned from the Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI) assessment with the Drama-Free Workplace philosophy to improve the way team members communicate and relate to one another.

Through completing an SDI assessment, team members will gain deeper insight into their own motives and strengths. They’ll learn about their own conflict triggers and how they impact their relationships, whether inside or outside the workplace.

The SDI assessment tool is useful in that it not only highlights our strengths, but also ways our strengths can be “overdone” and become obstacles to building healthy, productive relationships.

The Strengths Deployment Inventory Measures Our Motivational Value System (MVS)


Our core motive (or motives if you’re a blend) serves as an anchor. Like an anchor, our motives don’t change - they are what we value, what is most important to us. But unless you’re incredibly perceptive (or you’re an SDI expert!), you may not express that motive, and you may not be able to easily identify others’ motives.

Are you motivated by people, performance, or process?


If you’re a “people” person, helping others is what makes you tick. You use your strengths in your quest to help others thrive.


If you’re motivated by “performance”, you value task accomplishment above all else. You set clear goals and stick it out until you achieve those goals.


If you’re a “process” geek, you live for order and predictability. You do your best work when there is a fair and transparent way to do things.

By assessing our Motivational Value System (MVS), the SDI shows us that we are each a blend of all three motives, but many of us have a primary driver that makes us tick.


Our top strengths can be challenges too.

With an understanding of our motives (our anchor - what grounds us), we can talk about what is apparent to others which is our behaviors - or in SDI-speak, our strengths. Using the anchor/buoy analogy, we can see that the buoy - what we see at the surface - might change depending on factors such as wind, waves and weather, but it won’t stray too far since it is attached to an anchor. Similarly, while our behavior might change depending on external factors, they are firmly rooted to the solid sea floor, ensuring we don’t drift too far from our own sense of identity.

Exploring our strengths allows us to see which work best to achieve our underlying goals. We  might even identify some under-utilized strengths that we can call on to fulfill our motives.

But talking about our strengths is only half the story. It turns out that each of our strengths has a potential downside if we overdo it. While some might use the word “weakness”, that kind of language makes it sound like a life sentence and makes us feel powerless. In fact, when we are aware of our core motivates, these traits, however challenging, can be understood and embraced as part of the whole person we are.


In other words, we’re not flawed. We might just be overdoing our strengths!


Learn about your conflict triggers and conflict sequence

The relationship awareness theory (did I mention I’m a huge psychology nerd?!) helps us identify our motive, our values, what makes us tick. But there’s more! It turns out that what makes us tick when things are going well changes when things start to go downhill - when we’re in conflict.

Conflict changes everything.

 The SDI helps us identify behaviors that might send us into confrontation mode and identify each team member’s conflict sequence in three stages. Is your go-to response when you face conflict to analyze the situation and explain your point of view? Or maybe your first reaction in conflict is to assert yourself. Or maybe you simply want to keep the peace, so your first reaction is to accommodate. The power of the SDI is not only that it helps us get to know ourselves better, but that it was designed specifically to be a relationship tool. It allows us to better understand the people around us.


We all know that if we don’t handle conflict in these early stages, it can lead to (you guessed it) DRAMA.


A Team Performance Booster Workshop will help your team members better understand their triggers through deeper insight into their core motives and how they are impacted by conflict.

Interested in learning how the SDI can help you become a better leader or make your team work more effectively? Call me.


Other ways I can help to enhance your team’s effectiveness


Workshops & Training

For employees and organizational leaders who want to learn more about:

  • Identification of what is sending your team into conflict
  • Conflict management
  • What makes your team tick
  • Effective communication
  • Personal and professional growth
  • … and more!

Executive Coaching

Learn how to use the SDI assessment to:

  • Improve your leadership skills
  • Increase team trust
  • Become a Drama-Free leader
  • … and more!

Virtual Keynotes

Check out my speaking page to learn more about:

  • Cultural transformation
  • Workplace drama
  • Effective leadership
  • … and more!

Are you ready to improve your team's cohesion and productivity?

Book a chat with me to find out if the Performance Booster Workshop is the right fit for your organization.