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 into the Cape Colony in the late 1800’s. Renias is an 18th generation Shangaan. His family was painfully evicted from the Kruger National Park in the 1960’s. It is unlikely they would ever have met. But Alex went to work at Londolozi Game Reserve as [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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Patrick Lencioni is a best-selling author, speaker and consultant. He has worked with thousands of senior executives in organisations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and professional sports teams to universities and nonprofits. He is the author of the international best sellers The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage, which are weekly fixtures on international bestseller lists; his books have sold over three million copies.
Ian Thomas is recognized internationally as one of the world’s top keynote speakers and is the author of the bestselling book Power of the Pride – How Lessons from a Pride of Lions Can Teach You To Create Powerful Business Teams. His work combines a detailed understanding of nature linked to clear insights into the conditions under which business teams thrive. Grant Ashfield caught up with Ian to better understand the link between lion prides and high performance teams.