Understand and unlock the talents, capabilities, experiences, and expertise in your team – and your organization

During the day-to-day busyness of running an organization and working hard to fulfill your mission, it is nearly impossible to step back and take an objective look at your people, processes, plans, and performance. Just knowing where to start is hard!

At Brighter Strategies we believe that individual, team and organizational performance can be improved through the use of tried and tested psychometric assessments. They provide a powerful method of exploring typical hard-wired behavior in people and can provide insights into team development.

We partner with a variety of publishers whose sound, research-based assessment and feedback tools are known and trusted by professionals worldwide. Assessments, coupled with either one-on-one coaching or team coaching, can help foster openness and trust, help increase overall productivity and most importantly, supply a framework in which individuals can better understand and unlock the talents, capabilities, experiences, and expertise in your team – and your organization.

Your people are your organization’s most valuable asset. Invest time and money to improve their performance, and your organization will enjoy a healthy ROI.

Interested in learning more about how the assessments we use can help dramatically improve your organization’s performance?

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Quantifying and managing organizational culture is critical for bringing an organization’s values “to life,” supporting the implementation of its strategies, and promoting adaptation, goal attainment, and sustainability. As with most organizational change and development initiatives, it makes sense to start things off with the metrics provided by a statistically reliable and valid survey.

The Organizational Culture Inventory® (OCI®) is the most widely-used and thoroughly-researched tool for measuring organizational culture in the world.


  • Signaling and/or validating the need for cultural transformation
  • Planning and monitoring organizational development programs
  • Supporting programs designed to enhance strategy implementation, employee engagement, organizational learning, quality and reliability, and/or customer service
  • Facilitating mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances
  • Enhancing managers’ understanding of culture and sustainability
  • Managing diversity and corporate responsibility
  • Measuring culture for teaching and research purposes


The OEI complements the Organizational Culture Inventory® (OCI®) by measuring the Causal Factors (Levers for Change) that shape culture and the Outcomes of culture at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

The OEI provides an actionable, impactful, and research-based alternative to employee attitude and opinion surveys, linking climate and culture in terms

  • What people experience and perceive as members of the organization
  • The impact this has on what they believe is expected of them (norms and culture)
  • How culture in turn leads to important outcomes at the individual level (e.g., engagement), the group level (e.g., teamwork), and the organizational level (e.g., adaptability and quality)

This comprehensive survey, particularly when used in conjunction with the OCI®, assesses the most important internal factors and conditions likely to impact organizational performance and sustainability.

The OCI and OEI tools are registered trademarks of Human Synergistics International. Graphics, text descriptions, and specific models are ©copyright of Human Synergistics International and are used here with permission. BRIGHTER STRATEGIES is a certified facilitator for the delivery and interpreting of these assessment tools.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory takes the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung and makes them both understandable and useful in people’s lives.

As an outcome of the assessment individuals and team are assessed on four personality traits: Extraversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, and Judging/Perceiving. These four scales combine into one of 16 possible types.

Individuals and team can use the tool to provide insights into personal and team development, improve communication, and help reduce conflict. The tool provides neutral language that helps emphasize the value of diversity and promotes continuous learning.

Interested in learning more about yourself or being a more effective, satisfied, and productive team?

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Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)

The Strength Deployment Inventory, or SDI, is a practical and useful self-awareness inventory that increases relationship effectiveness. It is designed to help assess the strengths used in relating to others under two types of conditions: when everything is going well in relationships with others and when one is faced with opposition or conflict. It is a life inventory based on relationship awareness® theory a validated self-assessment tool that delivers proven business and personal outcomes by decreasing the underlying conflicts diminish relationships.

The power of SDI is in how quickly and easily it gets people connecting and really talking to each other. SDI facilitates strong relationships through the insights people gain, the acceptance it encourages, the conversations it informs, the trust it increases, and the conflict it decreases.

Interested in learning more about the Strength Deployment Inventory?

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Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI)

The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) assesses an individual’s behavior in conflict situations—that is, situations in which the concerns of two people appear to be incompatible. In conflict situations, we can describe a person’s behavior along two basic dimensions*: (1) assertiveness, the extent to which the individual attempts to satisfy his or her own concerns, and (2) cooperativeness, the extent to which the individual attempts to satisfy the other person’s concerns. These two dimensions of behavior can be used to define five methods of dealing with conflict.

Interested in learning more about how your team deals with conflict?

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Assess 360

Assess 360 is an easy, versatile, and focused next generation multi-rater feedback tool. Assess’ collecting and reporting confidential feedback from bosses, direct reports, peers, and others allows individuals the opportunity to receive constructive and developmental feedback on observed job behaviors and provides organizations a way to identify strengths, discover strengths and areas for development that will have the greatest impact on job effectiveness providing enormous benefit to both the individual and the company which employs them.

For organizations:

  • Assess reinforces the link between the competencies, behaviors, and values required for a job and performance
  • Provides both qualitative and quantitative feedback
  • Helps organizations and individuals better understand their strengths and weaknesses
  • Generates commitment to development
  • Is fair and transparent
  • Helps identify top performers
  • Involves people with all different perspectives

For the individual:

  • A professional and carefully run 360° feedback survey can lead to increased job satisfaction
  • Greater self awareness
  • Improved teamwork
  • An opportunity for honest feedback from coworkers.

See your team in a new light!

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After attending their training workshop, I decided to hire Brighter Strategies to help my agency develop a logic model for a challenging grant application. Thanks to their help we got the grant! The consultant I worked with is experienced, knowledgeable and responsive. I confidently recommend them to anyone in need of nonprofit planning and management consulting.

David Neumeyer, Executive Director, Virginia Legal Aid

As a nonprofit, we needed an outside expert who understood our unique structure as well as the services we provide. Brighter Strategies facilitated our strategic planning, empowered us to focus on quality and service while exploring our broader vision and delivered results. Their expertise has helped our organization measure success as we have moved forward in meaningful ways.

April Pinch-Keeler, President, MVLE, Inc.

Brighter Strategies uses innovative tools to help us examine how our team is developing professionally and achieving our organization’s goals. We’ve had many ‘aha moments’ during our sessions using their ideas throughout the year to improve how we accomplish our work—from healthy group dynamics to understanding and mitigating conflicts to planning new initiatives.

Nathalie Lummert, Associate Director Children's Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services

If you seek a partner who takes a fresh approach to your organization’s leadership concerns, goals or vision – there is none better than Brighter Strategies. Their approach to group process is so engaging that the very people who resisted will thank you for the learning opportunity.

Sabrina Sojourner, Executive Office Coordinator Office of the President & CEO, InterAction

Brighter Strategies was a perfect match for our Rotary Club by providing excellent coaching for our Strategic Planning Process as well as enabling us to achieve a polished product in a very efficient manner. The Brighter Strategies team was always available for guidance in each step of our process, provided impartiality that was greatly needed among our very diverse thinking membership and led two very fast moving productive workshops resulting in our Club Vision and Goals for the year. Many kudos to a great organization!

The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Frederick, MD


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