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Remote-Based Training

Remote Teambuilding with the SDI

demonstrate credibility and gravitas when working remotely

How to support and help colleagues as part of a remote team

Remote 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


Working in remote teams creates all kinds of (i) psychological pressures and (ii) opportunities for miscommunications, that occur to a much lesser extent in the ‘face to face’ environment. Effective teams, therefore, make a concerted effort to both take care of each other's well-being and communicate in an 'open', honest manner.

This Remote Workshop helps teams to do just that! It is based around delegates completing a psychometric inventory - the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) - in advance of a live Zoom Workshop, and then using the results to discuss how to improve team effectiveness.

The SDI is based on more than 30 years of research by psychologist Elias H Porter; it 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:

  • Learn to appreciate one another's strengths
  • Become sensitive to signs of stress in ourselves and others
  • Become more supportive of colleagues
  • Gain ideas about how to deal with potential conflicts within the team
  • Learn how to generate a set of common team values

Who should attend?

This half-day Remote Workshop is an on-line workshop and 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.


Understanding Core Values and the SDI Triangle

This teambuilding event is based on a personal and group assessment of participants’ answers to the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI). This psychometric inventory, based on over 30 years of research, is accessed on-line and takes about thirty minutes to complete. The participants must complete the SDI in advance of the live training. The results are available immediately and delegates should review their feedback before the start of the session.

Exercise: complete the SDI questionnaire (on-line), read your feedback on your profile

Module 1

Understanding Core Values

Gaining an appreciation of what drives our behaviour and how that can be very different from what motivates other people.

  • History of the SDI
  • Basic Concepts
  • Understanding Core Values

Exercise: understanding your core values

Module 2

Managing stress and pressure

Understanding how our motivations change under pressure and how to manage conflict more effectively. Also, how to spot when co-workers are under stress, and to think about what might be done to support them.

  • Understanding how things change in a pressure situation
  • Spotting Conflict Triggers
  • Understanding how to work better with colleagues

Exercise: understanding your Conflict Sequence

Module 3

Identifying strengths and weaknesses

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 the weaknesses of the team as a whole is a key factor in developing good morale and high performance.

  • Strengths and the SDI
  • Weaknesses and the SDI
  • Understanding how weaknesses can be addressed

Exercise: understanding individual strengths and weaknesses

Module 4

Working in a Team

Taking the individual SDI profiles and plotting them on a ‘master map’, so that the spread of personality types and the likely interactions, work preferences, and potential tensions can be analysed and discussed.

  • Understanding the risks of an 'unbalanced' team
  • What makes a good team?

Exercise: what our profiles as a whole say about us as a team, and how we can improve our effectiveness

Module 5

SDI and Team Values

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.

  1. SDI and Team Values
  2. Example Team Values

Exercise: developing Team Values

Action plans

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


This programme is delivered in a remote format.

Where appropriate, we conduct interviews and facilitate focus groups to gather information with which to write bespoke case studies that precisely reflect the culture and work environment of the participants.


Feedback is based upon peer reviews using Boulden Assessment Checklists. Completing the Boulden Assessment Checklists is not only valuable to the people involved in a given case study, it also helps those completing them to gain an in-depth understanding of skills used by communicators who demonstrate impact and presence.

Follow up Coaching Support (Practise makes perfect)

The workshop can be followed by a 3/4-month-long group coaching activity (using the Action Learning Philosophy). This involves delegates trying out the skills from the workshop in real life situations and getting support and guidance from their peers and the consultant as they do so. If this option is selected there is a Closure Workshop at the end of the coaching phase where delegates present how they have applied the techniques learned on the course into their daily work routine (using the Most Significant Change methodology).

Remote Training

All of our workshops can be delivered as Remote Training via e-learning modules plus Zoom based virtual workshops. Please see our Virtual Training page for more information.


Further information on this course is available by contacting
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