SIMA® Applied: How We Assist Individuals, Teams, Organizations

People Management SMD specializes in executive and management development, team development, selection, succession, and consultation on issues related to "Job Fit" and the effective utilization of motivated strengths.

All of our services incorporate a process called SIMA® (System for Identifying Motivated Abilities®). Through SIMA, we identify a MAP® (Motivated Abilities Pattern®). A person’s MAP is a description of that individual in action when they are most highly motivated. Through SIMA people discover their unique gifts which drive them to outstanding performance. Organizations and individuals using SIMA have a competitive edge because they can assess "job fit" and predict how optimal performance can be obtained.

We have been able to serve a wide range of prestigious clients because individuals in key positions saw the extraordinary possibilities of a simple line of reasoning.

Workshops and Seminars:


Maximize Potential and Performance
This highly-interactive workshop stimulates thinking and awareness about how each individual is uniquely motivated to perform his or her best. Participants are introduced to concepts and techniques which they can apply to themselves and others.  The workshop has been presented to groups of presidents, small businesses owners, senior executives, managers, human resource professionals, employees, academicians, job hunters, those seeking a more meaningful life, and counselors / psychologists.


Enhancing Team Relationships and Performance
This highly-interactive workshop helps team members to better understand and appreciate each other’s motivated strengths and potential areas of weakness, leading to discussion of ways to work more effectively with each other individually and as a team.


Working Effectively with Your Manager/Leader
This highly-interactive workshop will help your employees to understand and appreciate your MAP® (your motivated strengths) and potential areas of weakness, which will enable them to forge a stronger working relationship with you and others on your team, as they learn to use the information to improve performance and productivity.


Individual Coaching:


Career & Job Fit Decision Making
One of the benefits of going through the SIMA® process is that it will enable you to create a picture of the kind of work you find most satisfying. That picture becomes particularly useful when you compare it to a specific job, career, or work activity.

When you are in a role that fits your MAP® you are likely to be highly motivated and satisfied—and likely to excel; and when you are in a role that doesn’t fit well with your MAP, you are likely to be unmotivated and frustrated—and likely to perform poorly.

When you end up in a job, or on a career path, that is not a good fit with your MAP, neither you nor their employer gains.


Executive Coaching & Management Development
You have a MAP® (motivated strengths) which, when used in the right circumstances, enable you to excel, but the same motivated strengths, in the wrong context, could end up as a weakness, if they are not understood and managed well.

We help you to better understand and manage yourself and to use the knowledge of your motivated strengths to evaluate situations and your behavior, and to identify appropriate strategies and actions.

Our executive coaching and management development process will give you an understanding of yourself and skills that can have lifelong value.


Resolving Performance Problems
Poor job fit is a major reason for poor performance, as is not managing one’s motivated strengths well. By comparing your MAP to your job, you, as well as your manager (if you chose to involve him or her), can gain an understanding as to why your performance is not good. Together you and your manager can redesign the job, or seek a role that more appropriately uses your motivated strengths.


Resolving Conflicts between People
MAPs can shed light on conflicts between people and provide a way to help them better understand why they feel the way they do. Once people understand each other’s motivated strengths, it becomes easier to find common ground upon which a new relationship can be built. 

MAPs give the means for both bringing people together and objectively looking at what can be done to alleviate the conflict.


When Retiring
Being engaged in activity that is personally meaningful is important to feelings of success, satisfaction, and productivity. When you understand your motivated strengths you will be in a better position to make decisions about post retirement plans and how to best direct your time and energy. Your MAP is a description of you in action when you are most highly motivated. Its value as a predictive ‘job fit’ tool is not limited to paid work. It can be used to help you determine how to best focus your time and energy in ways that are highly motivating for you, now that you are retired from paid work.


Helping Students
When you understand your MAP you will be in a better position to define circumstances and conditions in which you are most highly motivated to learn (the ways you learn best), and the subject areas you are naturally most interested in learning about. This will enable you to make more informed decisions in regards to the learning process and courses of study, and to improve your ability to take actions to improve your performance as a student.


What is the Purpose of your Life?
Understanding the purpose of your life is a question that most people ask themselves at some point in time. Steve believes that God has gifted each person, which is part of the way each of us has been designed. SIMA is the way to understand how you have been gifted by God. Once you understand your MAP, you will be in a better position to make decisions about how to apply your giftedness purposefully. Steve believes that applying your giftedness in an appropriate manner is one of the important ingredients to realizing your purpose and fulfilling your intended destiny.

Assessment and Selection:


Steve Darter has extensive experience in retained executive search and selection. He has filled single and multiple positions of importance and helped organizations to engineer major changes or to build from scratch. Consistent in his approach is the use of SIMA® to define what is needed for success in a job or role, and then contrasting a candidate’s motivated strengths to the ‘success’ selection criteria.

Steve has repeatedly seen that when people succeed, it is because they have the motivated strengths needed, and when they fail, it is often because their MAP® doesn’t fit what is needed, or they have used their MAP in such a way that it has become a weakness.


Candidate Assessment
SIMA® is a tool that we use to help organizations and individuals make better job fit decisions. The best prospects for a job are individuals whose motivated strengths align well with the critical job requirements. Through the SIMA process, candidates, as well as the hiring organization, can make more informed selection decisions. SIMA can be combined with background interviewing and extensive reference checking to provide a thoroughness that minimizes the risk of making poor selection decisions.

When people end up in jobs that are not good fits, no one gains. The cost of poor job fit to people and organizations can be enormous.


Succession Planning
An organization should develop information on key employees and make determinations as to situations in which those employees are likely to excel. Employees should identify their motivated strengths so they can better determine whether or not a promotional opportunity is indeed a good fit for them. Development of key employees should capitalize on ways to enhance motivated strengths and minimize potential areas of weakness.

The ideal succession process should be predictive. That is, as a result of this appointment, what is this person motivated to focus on and what are the potential consequences of that focus? When might this person’s motivated strengths become weaknesses? What can be anticipated and what steps can be taken to better ensure this individual’s success and, thus, the organization’s success?

Through SIMA®, individuals and their employers can make more informed selection and succession decisions, and take actions that will improve the person’s chances for success.


Success Profiling
In Success Profiling we analyze the MAPs of your best performers in a job category and identify the motivated strengths they possess that enable them to perform at a top level in that job. We may enhance this analytical process and sharpen the focus by contrasting the results to the MAPs of average, marginal and poor performers in that job category. The entire process is often supplemented with in-depth questioning about the job.


Once the Success Profile is identified, the information can be used to develop tools that help interviewers and those responsible for hiring to make better selection decisions. The Success Profile can also be used to drive constructive dialog between managers and employees about performance, job fit, and development.