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Can the SDI help your team with conflict?
It’s hard to find reasonable people who actually like conflict. In our personal lives, most of us are used to letting certain things go with loved ones. Maybe you just wash the pot your spouse left in the sink. Perhaps you avoid bringing up politics with your parents. In our professional lives, many of us spend time carefully planning what to say and write in order to avoid workplace conflict. In truth, healthy, substantive conflict can actually be good for a team. But, getting to a place where you can engage in healthy conflict takes work.
The Importance of Trust
The basis of healthy conflict is trust. Teams who trust each other can disagree about substantive issues. Patrick Lencioni’s The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, shows how teams that engage in healthy conflict do so in order to produce the best possible solution in the shortest period of time. Trusting teams discuss and resolve issues more quickly and completely than others. They emerge from even passionate debates with no residual feelings or collateral damage. Instead, they emerge with an eagerness and readiness to take on the next important issue.
How the SDI Can Help You Get to Trust
Family and friend groups can build trust through multiple small events over years. However, work teams are often built of strangers who have to create trust quickly. Team building activities and team assessments can help in the process.
The Strength Deployment Inventory, or SDI, is one assessment. SDI is a practical and useful self-awareness inventory that increases relationship effectiveness and provides a framework for effective teaming. The SDI helps assess the strengths each person brings to a team. Then, coordinates how those strengths are used in relating to others under two types of conditions: when everything is going well in relationships with others and when one is faced with opposition or conflict. The inventory, based on relationship awareness® theory, is a validated self-assessment tool that delivers proven business and personal outcomes by decreasing the underlying conflicts that can diminish relationships.
The power of SDI is in how quickly and easily it gets people connecting, trusting and really talking to each other. SDI facilitates strong relationships through the insights people gain, the acceptance it encourages, the conversations it informs, the trust it increases, and the conflict it decreases.
SDI is one of the many team building assessments we offer. We believe that assessments like SDI, when properly done and discussed, can provide a powerful method of exploring typical hard-wired behavior in people and can provide insights into team development. We actually just did the assessment ourselves as part of a team building exercise and found the results intriguing, and useful.
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