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Vancouver, BC Canada
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On Demand Workshop

How to cultivate deeper team relationships that drive results by understanding motivation, intent and the use of strengths


It’s not the lack of knowledge, skills, or motivation, but the mismanagement of relationships that creates the greatest cost to organizations. Relationships built on trust play the central role in organization and team performance. So how do we improve trust, relationships and reduce, stress and conflict? This workshop uses TotalSDI assessment tools to help leaders and teams understand how motives drive behaviours, how those motives and behaviours change in different situations, and how to develop a better understanding of the motive-driven behaviours of others. It’s an approach that drives stronger relationships and more effective teams.

About the Strengths Deployment Inventory

The SDI is a powerful and effective relationship-building tool to understand the motives and values that drive behaviors. The SDI plays off people’s basic need to better understand themselves and others, and that understanding allows them to lead with clarity and empathy, build stronger teams, and more effectively navigate conflict.

Charting What Matters

The SDI goes deep and helps us understand why we behave the way we do. It helps people relate to one of seven Motivational Value Systems (MVS) and one of thirteen Conflict Sequences. Each individual’s MVS is represented by a dot on a color-coded triangle, and their Conflict Sequence is represented by an arrowhead that shows how their motives typically change during the stages of conflict. And people who work together can see their results plotted in the context of their group.

This picture makes it easier for people to understand the results and talk about them. The SDI provides a common and memorable language that guides people toward greater understanding and interpersonal effectiveness.

By experiencing the SDI, people can identify how their motivational values are linked to their behaviors. Conflict and motivational values are closely related, because people are more likely to go into conflict over things that are important to them – a critical insight in today’s high-change business environments.

What Sets It Apart

The SDI is a powerful relationship-building tool for all levels of an organization. The critical insights it provides enable leaders and team members to better understand how to influence people who think, behave, and communicate differently.

As jobs become more complex and strategic, social and emotional competencies have become key differentiators for success, particularly for leaders. As people are promoted to more senior roles, their performance is measured not only on bottom-line results, but also on how they manage their relationships with key stakeholders.

The SDI helps leaders and team members focus on how they communicate and work with one another and how they use individual and team strengths in light of their business needs. The result is reduced conflict and increased collaboration and trust, building productive work relationships for sustainable results.

About The Strengths Portrait

The Strengths Portrait tells a story of 28 strengths, or behaviors, that people value and commonly use when they interact with each other. The assessment provides an opportunity to rank the 28 strengths to produce a picture of a person’s most and least important ways of relating to other people. This sets the stage to understand how using different behaviors can help achieve better results.

The strengths measured for this portrait aren’t technical skills, but the actions people choose when trying to reach a goal for themselves, others, and their organization. Ranking the 28 different behaviors provides a snapshot of how people apply their strengths when interacting with others. People who share similar SDI results often prioritize their strengths differently. The portrait helps people understand that even though we may be motivated by the same things, we often use different behaviors/strengths to reach our intended outcomes. It helps people explore the connections between their motives and how they choose their strengths when working with others.

People tend to rely on their top strengths and avoid the ones they place at the bottom. This can lead to using strengths that aren’t effective or to overusing certain strengths, which often is counter-productive and can lead to conflict.

The Strengths Portrait is an ideal tool to define individual strengths and to define the strengths of a team or group culture. Along with the SDI, it enables people to personally reflect on the behaviors they use and the choices they make. By creating a picture of how they relate to others who are in their circles of influence, they make effective changes as they acquire new skills, insights, and perspective


The workshop is for team leaders at all levels who want to strengthen team relationships in the pursuit of creating a high-performance team culture.  The workshop provides individual and team insights and helps team members build strong, collaborative, respectful,  trust-fueled relationships that drive results.

What you’ll learn

  • Understand the motives that drive behaviors – the “why” and the “what”
  • How to see yourselves and others from the perspective of motives and how to identify when someone is in conflict
  • What we see is influenced by who we are and how we are motivated
  • How different motives require different approaches and recognition
  • How to have better conversations to uncover the motives that drive the behaviour
  • Understand how to make meaningful, sustainable changes in how you lead and work with the team
  • A proven learning method to develop better leaders, build more effective teams, and reduce the growing costs of conflict
  • How you can ‘borrow’ or ‘call up’ a strength you might not normally use, to build stronger relationships

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Catherine Ducharme
Catherine Ducharme

Smart Savvy Academy , Director of Client Services

Catherine is a leader, communicator, coach, and entrepreneur. She has a great depth of experience leading teams, building companies, providing executive communications counsel, and delivering workshops. As Director of Client Services and Human Resources with Smart Savvy, and a Smart Savvy Academy Faculty member, Catherine contributes daily to our purpose, which is to make work more meaningful, leaders more potent, and teams more productive and engaged.
Peter Reek
Peter Reek

Smart Savvy Academy , Founder & CEO

Leader, entrepreneur and boots-on-the-ground optimist, Peter founded Smart Savvy 11 years ago as a response to a gap in the recruitment industry. Today, with the launch of Smart Savvy Academy, he’s firmly planted the company in the ‘People Performance’ business. The Academy delivers meaningful training experiences designed to accelerate performance and elevate business results. As a leader, entrepreneur, and specialist in group moderation and facilitation, Peter brings an experienced, people-first perspective. He’s passionately believes that in work and life, People are the Plan™.
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