Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI)

This page relates to the SDI in learning and development: what it means and how to use it podcast (with Simon Gallon) and contains images of SDI triangle and other resources, and an index of the podcast to make it easier to revisit sections.

Podcast index

Direct link to the podcast page

  • 04:50 – Relationship Awareness Theory and history of SDI (Strengths Deployment Inventory)
  • 07:57 – Introduction to the Motivational Value System (MVS)
  • 10:57 – Comparison of SDI to other tools such as MBTI
  • 17:43 – Motivational Value System (MVS) in more depth – see SDI Triangle below
    • 22:00 – MVS: introduction to the three main motivations
    • 24:15 – explanation of the “process” motivation
    • 28:15 – back on track, going through the seven different regions
  • 38:50 – Strengths (behaviours) – see Example Strengths Portrait below
  • 49:00 – Introduction to Overdone Strengths – see Example Overdone Strengths Portrait below
  • 50:11 – Conflict Sequence
  • 61:50 – Application of SDI

SDI Triangle

The SDI triangle positions people based on their values and motivation (driven by a combination of people, performance, and process).

SDI triangle


Example strengths portrait

The inclusion of strengths in a key component of SDI and gives people a way forward to develop strengths while remaining authentic to their motivational value system (the position on the triangle).

SDI strengths


Example overdone strengths portrait

The overdone strengths portrait is useful for showing how overdoing strengths can cast a shadow (de-energise) our colleagues, despite our good intentions. It also adds another dimension to the session by giving another development opportunity.

SDI overdone strengths