Last time we wrote about culture. It’s the least professionally managed part of any business activity. Yet culture, that which shapes and forms the way people think, feel and behave, is the real work. The wise executive knows this and wants every person in the organisation to be fully engaged. An engaged person demonstrates passion, […]
About Grant Ashfield
Grant Ashfield works with senior teams and their leaders to help them reach their full potential.
His main purpose professionally is equipping top teams to deliver outstanding results. Grant works extensively in Southern Africa and also consults to businesses in Australia, South East Asia and the United States.
Grant is the CEO of LeadershipWorks.
Entries by Grant Ashfield
Renias Mhlongo and Alex van den Heever are from two completely different worlds. Over 25 years they have built a relationship of deep respect and mutual reward. I listened to their story this week. It moved me and it got me thinking. Alex is of 14th generation Afrikaans heritage. His great great grandfather introduced Afrikaans […]
Herb Kelleher passed away in January at the age of 89. He was the co-founder and long time CEO of Southwest Airlines. A pioneer in a difficult industry littered with failures. From humble beginnings, Southwest Airlines has flourished. It now flies 120 million passengers a year and employs more than 58 000 people. It’s been […]
If you have a desire to get new results this year I offer 8 things. Eight behaviours. Five to start and three to stop. These come from our direct experiences with leaders. Listening to them share what they most want for their businesses. All want to unlock the potential in their organisation. To break down […]
Tackling the thorny issue of poor performance and unmet expectations is vital if a business team wants to be successful and breakthrough to the next level. Ian Thomas and I discuss this question in the 2nd video in the series. The key is to deal with these issues early, directly and of course kindly. It’s […]
In a lion pride, team selection and membership is an essential part of their survival. For lions, especially when they are hunting big prey like buffaloes it is a life or death issue. Having the right team members on the hunt not only ensures their success but also guarantees their safety. Here there is no […]
We are past halfway in 2017. Are you on track? Every organisation measures sales and cash flow and operating profit. What we call the smart stuff. You will have a very clear idea of these things I am sure. But is your organisation healthy? Some say this can’t be measured. That’s not true. It can, […]
I recently hosted a discussion with a small group of people aged between 21 and 34. The group, made up of employees from junior and middle management, was talented and ambitious with the potential, the CEO told me, to succeed at the highest level in the company. Her worry was whether they would stay and […]
A few years ago I had the privilege of working closely with Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall. Having the right people on the executive team is a subject he has researched deeply. It’s the whole basis of his work, captured in the maxim, “first who then what.” It’s […]
Last time I promised to write about how to start to tap into the gold mine inside your organisation. The first step is to build a real team at the top. When your company’s executive team are not on the same page about what’s best for the whole organisation and they put their own interests, […]