Author Archives: Searchlight Group

Searchlight launches Coaching Bank!

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Today Searchlight announced that it was launching its coaching bank, specifically designed to assist organisations develop their leadership teams and managers.

We believe in excellence and that it is achievable and within everyone’s grasp.   Continue reading

The Benefits Of A Right Brain Leader

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We all have a brain. What distinguishes exceptional people from the masses is how they use it and which parts of it they develop.

Much research has been done into the left and right hemispheres of the brain and their impact on various aspects of life. While the right hemisphere is more intuitive and emotional, the left is more logical and sequential. Although the assumption might be that the best leaders mostly utilize their left brain, in actual fact the difference between the good and the great is the extent to which they use their creative right brain. Continue reading

Your Industry Is Not Your Life Sentence!

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“You’ve had a great career Simon. You have a deep marketing background and have some impressive achievements on your CV. Having said this, we won’t be progressing with your application. You have only worked in FMCG, we need not-for-profit marketing experience. The two sectors are like chalk and cheese.”

Hiring managers and recruiters say this far too often. However, it doesn’t matter what the sectors are, it doesn’t matter what the pre-conceived ideas of others are, the happy reality is that people change sectors far more often than you think. Continue reading

Demystifying The Psychometric Test

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Psychometric tests are often the Achilles heel of many a promising candidate. When we inform them that they are part of the process, we often hear a sharp intake of breath followed closely by the words…. “What does that involve?”

The field of psychometric testing is highly specialized and as such we invited an expert – Dr Brad Dolph of RightPeople to answer a few of the most common questions that our candidates have. His responses in the text below should be of interest to a wide range of people – from interns to executives. Continue reading

How To Shine On A Shortlist

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Well done, you’ve got down to the last two candidates. You’ve answered all the obscure questions and your career has been dissected every which way. You’ve learnt about the role, you’ve got a feel for the culture and you may have even seen your future desk or office. You have done every sort of interview preparation known to man. Part of you is even starting to imagine yourself starting on your first day. You are emotionally hooked. You want that job. Continue reading

When leaders go bad…

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Reading that in the last 5 years over half of the top 200 ASX CEOs have gone is probably not all that surprising, given the fall-out from a variety of economic nasties, the GFC, the European banking crisis and the perennially strong Aussie $. Clearly boards are going to take action over those that didn’t meet the grade. Truth be told, we’ll never really know the exact context of the departures, which is a great pity, as much can be learnt from the pathology of failed leadership. Continue reading