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 LEADERSHIP EXPERTS!
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 Fortune 500.

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 habits.

6. OUR TEEN PROGRAMS ARE THE PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUMS!
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 500 COMPANIES!
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 participants.
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 marketplace.

WHAT PARENTS SAY

Over 90% of surveyed parents strongly agree that comprehensive leadership training should be a standard part of a first-rate secondary education.

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 high school?

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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 equally important.

Great Expectations is designed to help bring about a better balance."

Franklin C. Ashby, Ph.D.
Guest Lecture
Columbia University

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FROM A FORMER COMPETITOR

"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 several decades.

It's that potent."

Former President & CEO
Multi-National Leadership Training Organization

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FROM THE CEO
OF AT&T


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
should know.

AT&T was for years the world's #1 buyer of leadership skills training designed and directed by Drs. Ashby & Pell.

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A COMMON-SENSE SOLUTION TO A HUGE NATIONAL PROBLEM?

"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 ridiculously low.

Why wait years and spend billions of dollars 'studying' the problem? A major part of the solution is available now!"

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

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