What is SIMA®?

The System for Identifying Motivated Abilities® (SIMA®) is a proprietary process that identifies a person’s innate giftedness—their natural talent. The process involves an in-depth interview in which a person tells us about achievements they have accomplished over their life time, beginning in childhood to the present, that they enjoyed doing and believed were done well. Analysis of these achievements reveals a consistently recurring pattern which emerges in early years and stays constant throughout that person’s life.  This pattern is referred to as a MAP® (Motivated Abilities Pattern®).

A MAP® is a description of an individual in action, when he or she is most highly motivated. It describes their unique pattern of strengths, what they find highly motivating to do, what they get excited about, what they get great satisfaction from doing and accomplishing.

When people live and work in accordance with their MAP, they are likely to be highly motivated and more successful and satisfied. They are also more likely to experience more meaning and purpose in their life. When people work outside the parameters of their MAP they are more likely to feel unmotivated, frustrated, and to be less successful.

In this pattern, we find:

      • - Abilities the person is motivated to use (e.g., analyze, organize, persuade)
  • - Subject Matter with which the person is motivated to work with and through (e.g., details, people, concepts)
  • - Circumstances that trigger and sustain the person’s motivation (e.g., novel, structured, difficult)
  • - Relationships to others the individual is motivated to establish (e.g., loner, organizer, team member)
  • - An overall Central Theme the person is motivated to accomplish (e.g., serve others, build things, make teams)

A person’s MAP describes the kinds of work at which he or she will likely excel and the work at which that person will not likely excel. People tend to perceive through the eyes of their MAPs. This influences what they focus on and how they go about trying to do things.

The more you understand MAPs the more they can be used to help individuals and organizations to make good ‘job fit’ decisions, improve individual performance and work satisfaction, enhance team functioning and individual relationships, resolve performance problems, resolve conflicts between people, and help people make decisions so they can lead more meaningful and purposeful lives.

A number of people have studied and written about the validity and utility of SIMA®. One of those studies that we are particularly proud of was conducted by Dr. John Crites, an internationally recognized testing specialist, who was hired by a Fortune 50 organization to determine the validity, reliability and predictability of SIMA® in relationship to identifying leaders.

In his final report Dr. Crites wrote, "SIMA® is both theoretically sound and empirically reliable and valid for use as a selection tool. It meets standards, as enumerated by the American Psychological Association, for the assessment and selection of leaders." He found the profiles to be "stable over time," the level of objectivity to be "outstanding," reliability to be "quite high," and content validity to be "exceptionally high." Overall he found the results to be "unique and highly positive," the findings to be "impressive" and concluded that "SIMA® can be used with confidence as a selection and leadership identification method.”

SIMA has been used in a variety of situations, including:

  • - Career and Job Fit Decision Making
  • - Executive Coaching and Management Development
  • - Resolution of Performance Problems and Conflict Situations
  • - Team Building
  • - Candidate Assessment
  • - Succession Planning
  • - Development of Success Profiles
  • - Retirement Planning
  • - Educational Planning

Steve Darter has been using SIMA to help individuals and organizations for more than forty years.
Information on SIMA and its value can be obtained by reading the book
"Managing Yourself Managing Others: Learn How to Improve Effectiveness, Productivity, and Work Satisfaction"