Of Pundits and Pollsters: A Quick Lesson from the 2016 Presidential Election

Well, the 2016 Election is thankfully over. In the interest of self-disclosure, I didn’t vote for Clinton or Trump. Both were so deeply flawed that my conscience wouldn’t permit me to check the box for either one of them. All of us know intuitively, and we will be told endlessly by political analysts, that there are lessons to be learned from the election results. Undoubtedly, this is so. … [Read more...]

If You Were a Four Letter Word …

Last month I spent four days becoming certified to administer the MBTI, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. It was a long four days, but very rewarding. One of the things that jumped out to me during the course was how many times I have taken the Myers Briggs and how the results have never been fully or accurately explained to me. The MBTI assesses the client's preferences in four areas resulting … [Read more...]

Construction Safety: The Crossroads of Employee Discipline and Engagement

My father started a construction company in 1965, the year before I was born.  I have worked in it, off and on, since I was 13.  For the past 16 years, I have served as the company's legal counsel and, most recently, as it's chief risk management officer.  Just as construction methods have changed, so to have the attitudes towards construction safety and its enforcement. In the early days of my … [Read more...]

The Road Paved With Good Intentions

This week I am attending the Annual Global Conference of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) in San Diego.  According to its website: FFI is the leading association worldwide for family enterprise professionals and the organization of choice for the advisors, consultants, educators, and researchers who help perpetuate transgenerational family business wealth. FFI is a great resource for consultants, … [Read more...]

More on Conflict and Why Your Organization Needs It

I previously wrote here and here about conflict.  In those two posts, my goal was to demonstrate the absolute necessity of productive conflict for an organization to thrive and how to practice productive conflict. Recently, I saw  this post on the Harvard Business Review website.  HBR is an invaluable resource for me and the post was a timely one, dealing with the issue of conflict.  Read my … [Read more...]

Not a Whit’s Worth of Difference

In a previous post, I started a discussion about productive and unproductive conflict, also known as cognitive and affective conflict, respectively.  In this post, I want to dig a little deeper into the "good," productive conflict. Think of all the times you've disagreed with another person, whether it was a heated argument or a simple debate.  What motivated you during the conflict?  Was it to … [Read more...]

Is Conflict Costing Your Business?

Conflict is draining and devours valuable time, money and productivity. See how SearchLight Strategies can help you reduce unproductive conflict, resolve disputes and rebuild relationships. … [Read more...]

What Does the Future Hold for Your Business?

Do you have a plan to grow your business? How are you going to identify talent and develop new leaders? SearchLight helps clients develop solutions for both short-term and long-term challenges. Don’t leave your company’s future to chance. Explore our assessment and planning services. … [Read more...]

How Effective Is Your Organization?

In the age of rapidly changing customer needs, razor thin margins and new entries to the market, your teams must possess the tools to outmaneuver and outperform the competition. Let SearchLight help you develop the skills required to maximize your potential. … [Read more...]