The 4 Essential Things A CEO Cannot Delegate: Patrick Lencioni Interview

By | 2017-12-07T12:29:26+00:00 December 7th, 2017|2017, Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Patrick Lencioni, Teams, The Advantage|

Last month I spent time with Patrick Lencioni. I always get so much value when I spend time with him. He is an incredibly gifted writer and without doubt the leading voice in the world today on organisational health. During our time together I asked Pat a variety of questions, all of which arise from the challenges and issues we encounter while working with executive teams, in South Africa and around the world. It is a powerful and insightful interview and I hope you find it as interesting and stimulating as I did while making it. We deal [...]

Setting Goals, Building Trust and Catching Buffalos

By | 2017-10-31T11:35:45+00:00 October 31st, 2017|2017, Authors, Books, Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Key Note Speakers, Motivation, Organisational Health, Team Work, Teams|

This is the final video in the series. Ian and I have been talking about the process of building a high performing team. In the beginning it starts with decisions the leader must make around team membership and size. The qualities and skills of the people on the team define what kind of team it will become. To be high performing you need people who are hungry. People who want to achieve and who have the discipline and endurance to actually carry out the tasks required for success. But as Patrick Lencioni writes, they must also be humble and smart. [...]

What do lion prides do with passengers?

By | 2017-09-29T10:00:24+00:00 September 28th, 2017|2017, Authors, Books, Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Key Note Speakers, Motivation, Organisational Health, Team Work, Teams|

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 a mistake to wait. Waiting does everyone a disservice. People want to know where they stand and they rely on you to tell them and guide them. I am a beneficiary of this. Ten years ago, after a consulting session with an Executive Team the [...]

Lions have mastered this skill… how about you?

By | 2017-09-29T10:01:44+00:00 August 24th, 2017|2017, Books, Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Key Note Speakers, Motivation, Team Work, Teams, Video|

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 place for complacency, confusion or personal positioning and ego. It is about getting the job done and ensuring the wellbeing of the pride. In organisations the consequences of getting team membership wrong is not so immediately felt. But it’s essential nevertheless. In fact it is [...]

Do you have the right people on your team?

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:33+00:00 March 17th, 2017|2017, Authors, Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Patrick Lencioni, Team Work, Top Teams|

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 also a subject we are often asked to advise on by the leaders we work with. The question is vital.  I see many organisations trying to achieve a significant performance improvement and culture shift – without really taking seriously the most important question of all, [...]

Do you have a real team at the top?

By | 2017-09-29T10:03:54+00:00 February 20th, 2017|2017, Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Organisational Health, Patrick Lencioni, Team Work, Teams, Top Teams|

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, needs and functional areas before the priorities of the larger organisation there is a problem. A bank executive told me recently, when there is no cohesion and unity at the top, the stage is set for interdepartmental rivalry, backbiting, confusion and infighting everywhere else. This [...]

What is your most important priority as a leader in 2017?

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:33+00:00 January 30th, 2017|2017, Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Motivation, Organisational Health, Patrick Lencioni, Team Work, Teams|

Every business we work with today is experiencing major competition and change. Under this constant pressure everyone is striving to stay ahead. Despite this, many leaders still limit their search for competitive advantage to conventional and largely exhausted areas like marketing, strategy and technology. It’s not that these aren’t important. They are and always will be. But the obvious is being ignored. In every organisation there is an untapped gold mine sitting right beneath every leader. Becoming a healthy organisation is how to access this gold. As Patrick Lencioni asserts, instead of trying to become smarter (most organisations have enough [...]

Four Disciplines for a Healthy Organisation

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:34+00:00 June 27th, 2016|Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Organisational Health, Patrick Lencioni, Team Work, Teams|

Most organisations that want to get better are not struggling because they lack good products, market opportunities or clever people. Rather they are struggling because they are unhealthy. A healthy organisation has minimal politics or confusion and sets high standards of performance. Here talented people work together on common goals while success is measured not by personal victories but by the progress of the joint plan. It's the polar opposite of a company fragmented by internal strife and paralysed by its own poisoned culture. In these unhealthy cutthroat places, infighting at the top occupies more time than solving problems on [...]

What Qualities Matter Most In Your Leaders

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:35+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Organisational Health, Patrick Lencioni, Team Work, Teams|

We recently worked with a very well known global company in Asia. They are a household name and have a proud history of innovation and product design. Along with its success the business has also become large and complex. Silos and bureaucracy have grown to compound the problem. The business has increasingly developed an inward focus and although everyone is working very hard they are not working together. All this worries the CEO. It gives him sleepless nights. Together with his executive team, they are working furiously to simplify the business’s structure and return to putting the customer first. One [...]

Guiding principles for a great career

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:35+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Motivation, Organisational Health, Team Work, Teams|

I have been working in China this month – in Guangzhou, a city home to 12 million people. We were there to conduct a Leadership Development Programme for a large global company. The participants were all young leaders, from diverse Asian countries - all in the early stages of their careers. Many of the young leaders on this programme were still learning to lead themselves and now they were being asked to step up and take responsibility for others too. It's a crucial transition point in their careers and presents an exciting opportunity to grow into. But moving from team [...]