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 [...]

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 [...]

The Ideal Team Player

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

Teamwork is a subject that receives so much attention. Almost every organisation wants more of it and is willing to invest in getting it – especially at the top where it is often in the shortest supply. But do we know what qualities to look for in someone who will make a good team member? Well this month Patrick Lencioni released his latest book, The Ideal Team Player. It’s written in his usual style as a fable and it's a wonderful read. In the book he describes the qualities of an ideal team player. I had a discussion with him [...]

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 [...]

Does your organisation have a heart?

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:35+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Organisational Health, Patrick Lencioni, Team Work, Teams|

Does your organisation have a heart? Southwest Airlines (SWA) in the United States is the world’s largest domestic airline. Incredibly it has been profitable for 43 consecutive years in what has been called the world’s largest non-profit sector – the airline industry. The story started in 1971 with 200 employees and 12 flights per day. Today it employs 46 000 people and runs an incredible 3600 flights daily. It's a massive company, which above all is famed for its legendary customer service. Few other organisations over that period [...]

Is your team in need of clarity?

By | 2017-08-30T11:20:36+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Executive Teams, Grant Ashfield, Organisational Health, Patrick Lencioni, Team Work, Teams, The Advantage, Top Teams|

We recently worked with an executive team that was working very hard but not seeing the results. Perhaps you are part of a team like this? You are dedicated, work long hours, are constantly online, perhaps even take conference calls at 2.00 am, but your company is just not seeing the results. What is missing is clarity. Clarity means knowing what to focus on to get results. Clarity drives consistent behaviour and it eliminates unnecessary activity. Without true clarity you end up having too many priorities (which really mean none at all) and your behavioural standards are unclear. This leads [...]

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.