Ramboll UK utilizes the SDI 2.0 to enhance self-awareness among team members and to promote a more engaged and cohesive work environment.
“I think it’s simple, memorable, and something you’re going to be able to talk about easily with others. So many other assessments out there are interesting, but you’d have to look on your bookshelf to remember it all.”
UK Head of Business Finance
Six years ago, Ramboll UK was facing a specific engagement challenge within its Finance department. Recognizing the need for a solution, Chris Scarr, UK Head of Business Finance introduced Core Strengths and the Relationship Intelligence (RQ) insights of the SDI 2.0 to the department to enhance self-awareness among team members and to promote a more engaged and cohesive work environment.
The Core Strengths Solution
Ramboll UK has embraced Core Strengths not only to address immediate challenges but also to diversify its applications across various areas and many departments too. Initially employed to improve self-awareness and team support, the SDI 2.0 is now being incorporated into new areas including recruitment, onboarding, mentoring, coaching, and performance reviews. More recently, the organization has explored advisory and partnering perspectives, such as key account management programs.
“There are a lot of other measurement tools out there that you almost have to go back to the book to work out what it actually is, and what it means. Whereas Core Strengths is very easy to remember and also multilayered. So, you can unpack a lot more beneath the initial colors, and take a lot more insights,” said Chris Scarr when comparing the SDI 2.0 to other assessments.
The simplicity and memorability of the RQ insights have created a universal language within Ramboll UK’s Finance Department, enhancing communication and fostering better collaboration and understanding among team members. The Core Strengths Platform functionality, resources, and activities ensure that RQ becomes an integral part of daily operations.
Chris Scarr discusses his favorite activity around ideal strengths that aligns team strengths with organizational goals, fostering constructive discussions about success strategies. He notes, “Things like that can really create good discussions around what strengths we need to utilize more, making it tangible, and practical in what we’re trying to do. It’s really interesting.”
The team is also beginning to expand the language of RQ beyond internal use, being integrated into discussions with external clients. Chris Scarr sees the potential in helping team members assess and adjust their communication styles based on the perceived motivations of their clients.
Why Recommend Core Strengths
When asked why he would recommend Core Strengths, Chris Scarr says, “I think it’s simple, memorable, and something you’re going to be able to talk about easily with others. So many other assessments out there are interesting, but you’d have to look on your bookshelf to remember it all. So, I think that’s the main thing that sets it apart for me.”
Ramboll is a global architecture, engineering, and consultancy firm with a focus on creating sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Denmark, Ramboll operates on a foundation of resource and relationship-based principles, emphasizing the importance of effective communication and collaboration.