The SIMA® Process
To go through SIMA®, an individual tells us (either in writing or face-to-face with a trained interviewer) about activities s/he has done in life that were satisfying and that accomplished something. Most people find this exercise to be surprisingly easy and enjoyable, and in and of itself insightful. Indeed, most people have never spent much time recalling the moments of their lives when they were "at their best."
Armed with what the person has told us, SII carefully analyzes their stories using a proprietary protocol for identifying key elements of their behavior. These elements form a pattern, which we call a Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP®).
The Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP®)
The MAP® describes a lifelong pattern of behavior in terms of five essential elements:
- The motivated abilities that the person uses to accomplish anything that matters to him/her.
- The motivated subject matter that s/he most naturally works on, with, or through.
- The motivated circumstances under which s/he thrives.
- The motivated relationships s/he prefers to have with others.
- The central motivational thrust or "payoff" that drives the person's behavior.
While many adults can identify various pieces of their motivational pattern, they almost never see how all those pieces fit together into their whole personhood. As a result, they have misperceptions about their true strengths. SII puts all the pieces together into an accurate and comprehensive picture—the MAP®—so that individuals and those who work with them have the best possible information about themselves.