Telling stories sounds awfully revealing. What happens to the information I give you? How will you protect confidentiality?

Telling stories is indeed quite revealing. But with our process, what is revealed is the best of you, not the worst. Everyone has things they'd rather not talk about. But surfacing those issues is not our objective. We're not trying to discover what’s wrong with you, but what’s right with you—the “good truth” about your core strengths and natural motivation.

We accomplish that by letting you stay in control of what stories you tell us. And the stories we're most interested in hearing are of you at your best, when you were doing activities that you enjoyed and felt a sense of accomplishment in doing. You tell us the stories you want to tell, in your own words.

Once you’ve told us your stories, we hold onto that information and do not share it with anyone else unless you permit us to do so. Internally, a trained, certified achievement activities analyst will spend quite a bit of time with your stories to find your Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP®). That MAP® will be explained to you in a feedback session led by a trained, certified SIMA® practitioner.

Sometimes a person’s supervisor at work or some other decision-maker will want to see the MAP® report to help them make a decision or determine a course of action involving the person. And sometimes a team of people will go through our process and then come together to review each other’s MAPs®, as part of a team-building exercise. In cases like these, we will present the MAP® and explain what it means as a way of helping others gain the best, most accurate understanding the person’s core strengths and natural motivation.

In working with organizations, we insist that our clients use the information we provide to positively benefit people’s lives and careers, not hurt or damage them. Our process is inherently positive and affirming, and we expect our clients to use it in that way.