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At Lockstep, we are experts in creating high performing executive teams so, when a family business in the textile industry needed to scale its leadership capacity, they asked for our input from the get-go.

Their specific challenge was shifting from a single leader to an executive team with shared operational responsibility.

Initially, we facilitated a customised workshop creating a strategic pathway so the new executive team was able to:

  1. Contribute to a future vision for the business; and
  2. Commit to measurable actions to achieve this future.

This step was followed by the Lockstep 8-month Gold Standard programme which worked on building leadership capacity to drive performance in a tough environment. During the programme, executives received individual coaching that served to show them their leadership strengths and growth areas. Executives also participated in three group-learning modules, held away from the office, to strengthen their ability to collaborate.

In essence, these group-learning modules started by exploring each executive’s personal and professional abilities by using our tailored Lockstep Genius Model. They then moved on to a more practical approach to leadership that covered best practice for collaboration and effective team-building. The final module cemented these learnings to derive long-term value from the programme.

The result of these intense engagements:

  • Division heads got better at working together and had more impactful interactions;
  • Their ability to discuss challenges also grew and;
  • Individuals found their leadership voices and grew to understand how their action (or inaction) impacted on the business.

Finally, fresh business processes were put in place while accountability, in a few areas, was improved. Team members ultimately found themselves in the most effective roles for their abilities, and for the future needs of the business.

Contact Managing Director Anne Hartslief anne@lockstep.co.za for a discussion on how to create high performing executive team in your organisation.

Anne Hartslief

Anne Hartslief

Anne Hartslief is the Managing Director at Lockstep and leads the Gold Standard Executive Team programme.  Anne brings operational experience, business performance and an understanding of human behaviour to her role at Lockstep.  She believes that high-performing cohesive Executive leadership teams spread influence throughout the organisation, acting as a powerful point of leverage for success.

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