inventory tools
 The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) -      
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)        
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To better understand yourself and your colleagues, inventory tools can benefit both new and established teams.  These tools are especially effective when combined with an experiential learning session: the results are then brought to life with a focus on appreciating diversity and what it means to this team.
 The PCfL High Performance Team Self-Assessment
is based on the premise that human behaviour is not random, but rather expressed in an orderly and expected manner according to ones’ preferences in using perception and judgement. Individual are categorized into one of 16 personality types, expressed as a code with 4 letters.  The purpose for using MBTI is to understand and appreciate different personality types; no type is better than another and all types are considered equal. For more information on this tool, please see www.myersbriggs.org Using this type indicator will provide participants with a common vocabulary for expressing preferences that is widely recognized and understood.  Our facilitators often use this tool with teams who have not done a personality assessment before and are looking for a standard way of articulating what may or may not be already evident through behavioral patterns.   Combining this tool with experiential learning can quickly illuminate different preferences.  Teams will come to understand better ways working together to produce better team results. 
In response to client requests for a method to assess different facets of team performance before beginning a session with our facilitators, the Pacific Center for Leadership Team Survey was created.  Consisting of up to 16 questions, this survey provides a good overview of where team members believe they perform well, and where team improvement can be made.  Differing scores can indicate gaps in perceptions and provide a good starting point for crucial conversations.  The survey questions can be customized to ensure relevancy to your organization and can be administered more than once to evaluate whether improvement occurs overtime. While individual survey responses are anonymous, statistical data is provided to inform the team on scoring patterns (mean, mode, and standard deviation) to gage team alignment and divergence.
is an assessment tool that provides an understanding of what motivates you and what motivates others. This understanding of your drivers versus those of others, can lead to better communication, understanding  and ultimately better working relationships. The SDI is simple to complete, is positively framed, and is a good complement to any other personality assessments that the group may have done in the past.  For these reasons, this effective tool is most often used by our facilitators, either on its own, or combined with an experiential learning session in order to advance personal awareness and team performance. For more information on this tool, please see  http://ca.personalstrengths.com/sdi.php?id=104
 Style Matters- the Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory
 Foursight - The Breakthrough Thinking Profile
is a assessment tool designed to explore problem solving skills in individuals and groups. Are you a Clarifier? An Ideator? A Developer? An Implementer? Some combination of all? The ability to understand and leverage your thinking style/s is the first step when working within a team.  Knowing your colleagues strengths will allow understanding of which role they will naturally play on a team and in which areas they are likely to add the greatest impact - www.foursightonline.com If you are continually bringing forth ideas, but never able to make them happen, or  great at remembering details, but get overwhelmed when thinking of the big picture, this tool will bring some clarity to your strengths and those of your colleagues to form a well rounded, effective team.
Your conflict management style is your particular way of responding to conflict with others.  This inventory identifies five responses to conflict and outlines the advantages and pitfalls of each.  Participants are able to identify which response they are most likely to use and gain understanding that their colleagues may prefer a different style. A unique feature of this inventory is that it distinguishes response preferences between when we are ‘calm’ and when we are ‘storming’ - www.riverhouseepress.com This tool is useful for learning how to move through conflict and which responses may be the most effective with specific situations.  Teams that have an awareness of behavioural preferences are better able to depersonalize conflict and use more efficient methods of resolution finding.  
The interactive, hands-on problem solving sessions were wonderful; they engaged everyone and we were able to put the SDI to test in a real, work-like situations. The debriefing after each activity really drew on important learning, and gave me many, many valuable tools and lessons.                              Janice Tanton, The Banff Centre
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