As you read through the pages of this website we believe you'll see very quickly that Ashby's Great
Expectations is not just another collection of leadership training programs.
Richer, smarter and far more results-producing than competing programs costing up to 20X more
per person, its unique features are as impressive as they are exceedinglyvaluable.
The following is a look at the unique aspects of the The Ashby's Great Expectations series of
programs and why each is so valuable to clients:
1. IT DELIVERS THE 10 SKILLS TOP COLLEGES AND COMPANIES WANT MOST TODAY IN ONE
COMPLETE, INEXPENSIVE, EASY-TO-PRESENT PACKAGE!
There's no nonsense, no half-measures and no hidden charges. Clients with internal facilitation
capability save tens-of-thousands of dollars with every Ashby's Great Expectations class. Better still,
the continuous nature of LCG research and publications assures every client the best thinking and
advice every time materials are ordered.
2. IT LOOKS GREAT ON RESUMES AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!
There are few better ways to impress college admissions officials and corporate hiring executives
today. Research shows that people with a solid, reliable set of life skills and leadership skills have a
huge advantage in job and college interviews. Get noticed. Attract positive atention. Be
promotable. You'll accomplish all of it in an Ashby's Great Expectations class.
3. IT WAS INSPIRED BY TWO OF THE WORLD'S BEST-KNOWN AND MOST SUCCESSFUL
Over 4 million people in 85 countries have participated in development programs designed or
directed by Dr. Frank Ashby and Dr. Arthur Pell, including managers and executives from all of the
4. IT PROVIDES A TREMENDOUS COMPETITIVE EDGE!
Leadership workshops and seminars can be found everywhere. But only a very small percentage of
people ever get access to the kind of comprehensive leadership training experience offered by the
Ashby's Great Expectations series. Be among the select few with both the drive to do great things,
and also the skills! The developing and solidifying of a solid set of leadership skills takes some time,
but it's well worth the effort. Do the job right. You'll be glad you did.
5. THE RESULTS ARE AMAZING!
Of all the unique features this one is clearly the most exciting and important. It happens incredibly
fast for some and a little more slowly for others, but class member growth and improvement in the
10 skill areas serving as the focus of all Ashby's Great Expectations processes always happens, and
it's always fantastic! The reason is a combination of factors related to the "laboratory" environment
that gets created, the terrific volume of latent potential within all people, and the momentum that
occurs when we build on strengths, not weaknesses. It's all a near perfect mixture of content and
process delivered over a long enough period of time to turn tendencies into a rock-solid set of good
6. OUR TEEN PROGRAMS ARE THE PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH
Middle school and high school curriculums are designed to dispense new knowledge in a variety of
important areas. That's the purpose of a liberal education. The focus is on the acquiring of new
information. Training programs like Ashby's Great Expectations for High-Potential Teenagers and
Ashby's Great Expectations for Christian Teens are designed to build new attitudes and proficiencies.
The focus is on the acquiring of new skills.
Independent studies have shown time and again that the combining of a strong academic
curriculum with comprehensive training and reinforcement in the 10 skill areas focused on in
Ashby's Great Expectations teen programs provides young learners with a foundation of enormous
present and future value. It's simply the perfect way to help promote a smooth transition from
dependent child to increasingly independent young adult.
But that's not all. Related to this are several super benefits to schools and school officials, including:
The chance to show compelling evidence of a strong commitment to innovation, quality education
and continuous improvement,
The chance to raise behavior standards, measurably strengthen the school culture and reduce
bullying, peer ridiculing and the developing of elite cliques,
The chance to bring added distinction and recognition to the school and school district,
The chance to provide outstanding teachers with an additional growth opportunity and (school option)
source of income, and
The chance to strengthen even more the bonds with parents and the local business community.
7. IT'S BASED ON THE SAME WEAVE DESIGN METHODOLOGY USED AT DOZENS OF TOP FORTUNE
Nothing succeeds like success! And nothing makes use of the remarkable training & development
strategies at top corporate universities better than the Ashby's Great Expectations series.
In fact, the proprietary weave content, systems and processes imbedded in each phase of Ashby
processes are identical to those at dozens of America's most successful and respected Fortune 500
corporate universities. Dr. Ashby and Dr. Pell have been developing leadership programs based on
weave design technology for 25 years, with some private-label coaching processes now selling for
up to $50,000 per person. The emphasis is always on "what works", not on "what's new or different."
Weave training designs are a very important distinguishing characteristic of programs by Ashby and
Pell, and one of the reasons their leadership and executive coaching processes have been so
popular for so long.
8. IT'S EXACTLY WHAT SURVEYED PARENTS SAID THEY WANT MOST FOR THEIR KIDS! A recent
LCG survey of 186 parents with at least one teenage child found the overwhelming majority felt
strongly that a higher level of self-confidence & self-esteem, better interpersonal and social skills,
and a more positive, optimistic outlook on life was essential if their teenager was to do as well as
expected in the years ahead. In addition, despite being generally satisfied with the quality of their
teenager's education, an even greater percentage "strongly agreed" that a professionally-designed
program dealing directly and comprehensively with the 10 focus areas of Ashby programs would be
an "enormously positive" addition to their local school curriculums.
9. IT HAS A DRAMATIC EFFECT ON ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURES!
Several studies conducted by LCG and independent researchers have confirmed the remarkable
impact quality leadership training has on large-scale corporate cultures. Productivity improves.
Employee morale improves. Turnover rates go down. People are more cooperative and more
communicative. Unhealthy competition is reduced.
And new research shows school cultures are equally affected. School rules and regulations
designed to discourage bullying, elite cliques and other harmful interpersonal behaviors are
helpful, but often not enough. Unfortunately, it often takes a troubling disruption or incident to get
the full attention of influential people and stimulate real reform. Human resource professionals at
top Fortune 500 companies know that the systematizing of comprehensive leadership processes in
ways that introduce to a culture a steady stream of excited graduates dedicated to exceeding
expectations and building good relationships is a much better way to bring about needed change
fast, well and inexpensively.
Organizational cultures are defined by the behaviors that dominate them, and psychologists know
that when a volume of better behaviors are introduced to a culture the result is always something
better. Not surprisingly, we also know now that when the Ashby's Great Expectations series is used
the result is almost always something dramatically better.
10. IT'S DELIVERED LOCALLY BY OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATIONAL FACULTY MEMBERS!
There's no travel, no hassle and no added expense. All Ashby's Great Expectations programs are
delivered locally on organization premises by just one local faculty member. The result is a training
environment perfectly suited to the needs and convenience of everyone involved, plus combined
satisfaction rates that are second to none.
Programs designed and directed by members of LCG were recognized several years ago as having
among the highest levels of customer satisfaction (97.3%) in the entire training industry based on a
survey of 400,000 graduates by Motorola University. In our view, the quality of Ashby's Great
Expectations processes combined with the convenience of local delivery only enhances that record.
11. IT LENDS ITSELF BEAUTIFULLY TO MEASURES OF SATISFACTION, LEARNING, APPLICATION,
IMPACT AND RETURN-ON-INVESTMENT!
Dr. Ashby was one of the first leaders of a major multi-national training and development
organization to become a fully-certified ROI examiner. The result is that today every full-length
development process designed by LCG experts is specially fitted with an easy-to-implement process
that tracks and reports results in 5 areas:
Satisfaction - The extent to which the process met and exceeded the expectations of clients and
Learning - The volume of new information acquired by class participants.
Application - The extent to which new information was applied by class participants.
Impact - The effect each application had on the related performance of each class participant.
Return-on-Investment - The net ROI generated by the process for each graduate.
12. IT INCLUDES THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE REINFORCEMENT PHASE IN THE INDUSTRY!
A solid commitment to skill reinforcement over an extended period is a tell-tale sign of a quality
training process. Nobody can develop a world-class set of leadership skills in a few days of training,
just as no one can learn to play the piano like Vladimir Horowitz or dance like Michael Flatley in a
few lessons. It's just not possible.
Unfortunately, the average length of publicly-available leadership programs today is a mere 3
consecutive days and 17 contact hours, with no provision whatsoever for the reinforcing of skills.
This despite the fact research has shown time and again that without reinforcement new life and
leadership skills begin withering within two weeks of completion of most training programs, and
disappear entirely within 60 days in about 75% of all cases!
The Ashby's Great Expectations series keeps this from happening by immersing class participants in
a sophisticated, "spaced-learning" process involving 54 hours of core training delivered in 24
sessions over a 12-week period, followed by an optional reinforcement phase (Embed) that
strengthens and reinforces habits for up to several years!
It's a combination of skill training and skill reinforcement that's as powerful as it is unique in today's
WHAT PARENTS SAY
Over 90% of surveyed
parents strongly agree that
training should be a
standard part of a first-rate
Isn't it time we bring into
better balance the acquiring
of critical knowledge and the
acquiring of critical life skills
during middle school and
THE BALANCING OF
KNOWLEDGE & SKILL
"As we know, an American
secondary education is
primarily intended to provide
critical knowledge. But many
experts today say the
acquiring of critical life skills
during the teen years is
Great Expectations is
designed to help bring about
a better balance."
Franklin C. Ashby, Ph.D.
FROM A FORMER
"A Great Expectations
graduate will have
experienced more personal
growth, received more
strength coaching, celebrated
more victories, been more
inspired, delivered more
talks, made more new
friends, impressed more new
people, built more critical
skills and had more fun in
the process than most
non-graduates will have in
It's that potent."
Former President & CEO
FROM THE CEO
New York Times reporter,
Bob Herbert, published an
op-ed article on May 17,
2008 entitled Hard Roads
Ahead. The article laments
the fact American secondary
schools, once the envy of the
world, now rank near the
bottom when compared to
other developed countries in
a host of key categories,
including reading, math and
high school graduation rates.
So what's the problem?
AT&T CEO, Randall
Stephenson, thinks it has
everything to do with poor
skill development, and the
failure of American
secondary schools to give
teenagers the practical skills
they need for college and
"the real world of work."
And Mr. Stephenson
AT&T was for years the
world's #1 buyer of
leadership skills training
designed and directed by
Drs. Ashby & Pell.
SOLUTION TO A HUGE
"Those wanting to 'reform'
American education need to
start with a process like
Great Expectations. Period.
The benefit to kids is beyond
belief, and the cost is
Why wait years and spend
billions of dollars 'studying'
the problem? A major part of
the solution is available
Franklin C. Ashby, Ph.D.
ISN'T IT TIME...
Fortune 500 companies invest millions of dollars
every year in comprehensive leadership training
for managers and executives.
The world's best private secondary schools
rely on it to build character, poise and self-confidence... and
help their graduates get into the best colleges and universities.
Isn't it time college-bound teens in all schools
and from all socioeconomic backgrounds are
given a similar opportunity?
Franklin C. Ashby, Ph.D.
President & CEO, The Leadership Capital Group LLC
The 12 Unique Features