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 [...]

Is your organisation really a great place to work?

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:32+00:00 June 26th, 2017|2017, Grant Ashfield, Motivation, Team Work, Teams|

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 if the culture of the business really supported the growth and development of talented people. “A lot of our best people leave once we have trained them, it’s very costly and frustrating to keep starting all over again.” It's a problem many companies face. The [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Building High Performance Business Teams – Patrick Lencioni Interview

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:38+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Authors, Books, Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Key Note Speakers, Motivation, Organisational Health, Patrick Lencioni, Team Work, Teams, The Advantage, Top Teams|

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.

Lions, Business Teams and High Performance

By | 2015-06-29T12:53:51+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Grant Ashfield, Key Note Speakers, Motivation, Organisational Health, Team Work, Teams|

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.