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Self Awareness and Teamwork

Boulden Management Consultants

How to be more effective as an individual & as part of a team

Half Day Course

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  • Learn about your personality type and the personality types of your co-workers
  • Understand the different communication strategies that work best for each personality type
  • Master the art of using your natural strengths and the natural strengths of your colleagues

Overview

The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) is based on more than 30 years of research by psychologist Elias H Porter from which he developed his Relationship Awareness Theory™. The SDI identifies four basic motivations that drive behaviours and influence how people work together. People who have different core values can find each other puzzling and (depending on the context) may perceive their colleagues' behaviour as either intriguing or irritating. The SDI provides an effective means for understanding these differences so that both individual interpersonal relationships, and working together in a group are energising, productive and gratifying.

Learning objectives

By attending this highly interactive and practical half-day teambuilding course you will:

  • Discover how to collaborate more effectively with your co-workers
  • Acquire an understanding of your core values
  • Gain ideas about how to deal with potential conflicts within the team
  • Learn how to generate a set of common team values
  • Grasp methods available to address team weaknesses (or ‘strengths overdone’)

Who should attend?

This half-day workshop is ideal for existing teams of all types and all levels including: senior executive teams, departmental teams, project teams, sales teams, account manager groups and business partner forums.




Workshop

Self awareness and understanding core values

This self awareness and team-building event is based on a personal and group assessment of participants’ answers to the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI.) This psychometric inventory consists of twenty questions and takes about fifteen minutes to complete. The participants will be asked to complete the SDI, key parts of the theory will be reviewed and the results will be fed back to the participants.

  • The SDI and Relationship Awareness Theory
  • Understanding the four core values and three value ‘blends’
  • Appreciating the role of stress or pressure in the way people behave
  • Two types of conflict and how they can be resolved

Exercises:
Completing and scoring the SDI questionnaire
Feedback on individual profiles
Analysing possible misunderstanding and tensions within the team

Improving personal effectiveness

In SDI theory a “strength” is a behaviour that comes from a core value and that is used with integrity and proportion. In contrast, a “weakness” is when the behaviour is used without integrity and proportion. For example ‘self confidence’ is a typical “strength” of people who like to lead, but overdone this self-assurance can turn into ‘arrogance.’ Learning to develop the strengths and minimise weaknesses, both as an individual and of the team as a whole, is a key factor in developing good morale and high performance. In addition, well-balanced people are also able to use their intellect to ‘borrow’ skills from areas that they are not so comfortable with in order to be effective in a broad range of situations.

  • Strengths and the SDI
  • Weaknesses and the SDI
  • Understanding how weaknesses can be addressed
  • What ‘borrowing’ means
  • How does ‘borrowing’ affect delegation, coaching and work assignments within the team?

Exercises:
Understanding individual strengths and weaknesses
What our profiles say about how we should borrow

Influencing others

There are three key ideas about how the SDI can help you to relate more effectively to others:

  • The Platinum Rule of effective communications
  • Looking for ‘tip offs’ to other people’s motivation patterns
  • Defusing ‘unwarrented conflict’

Exercise: identifying unwarrented conflicts

SDI and Working in a team

Effective teams work hard to ensure that there is a common (and agreed) set of values or ‘team rules’ in place, so that all the team members understand how they should behave in the group setting. This process is greatly enhanced by relating individual ‘rules’ to the SDI principles to ensure a psychological balance in the way that things are prioritised.

  • Examples of team rules
  • Team rules and the SDI
  • How team rules shape behaviour and culture

Exercise: agreeing team rules

Understanding cultural differences

Where team members have different cultural backgrounds they can (inadvertently) communicate messages, suggest actions and make their arguments in a way that is stressful or uncomfortable for the other person. This in turn can cause the other person to react in a defensive and unproductive manner. So an appreciation of cultural differences can help with effective teamworking.

  • Coconuts and Peaches
  • How cultures differ

Exercise: understanding culture

Action Plans

Discussing how to implement the learning from the workshop into our ‘day to day’ team interactions.

 


Feedback

Feedback is based upon peer review and using the SDI test. Completing the SDI test is not only valuable to the people involved in a given case study, it also helps those completing them to gain a greater understanding of their own and other people’s value systems.


Contact

Further information on this course is available by contacting
Boulden Management Consultants:
via our Contact form
Tel: 0844 394 8877