In this insightful interview, Anthony Farr, the CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, allows us an inside look into the way he tackles leading this organisation, and he shares many of the lessons he has learned as he continues his CEO leadership journey.
He is a really good man, doing some really good things.
- Organisation: Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
- Founder: Mr Allan Gray
- CEO: Mr Anthony Farr
The Foundation emerged from the vision of Mr Allan Gray to make a sustainable long-term contribution to Southern Africa and has the support of both the companies he founded, Allan Gray Limited and Orbis Investment Management.
It is funded annually by a donation of 7% of the taxed profits from Allan Gray Limited, which has committed to making this donation to the Foundation in perpetuity. As profits may fluctuate, this commitment is backed up by an endowment trust capitalised with over R1 billion which was donated by Mr. Allan Gray.
In this episode you will learn:
- The importance of reputation
- How to GTD: Get Things Done
- How to maintain focus and keep your people motivated
- What it means if you haven’t read Steve Jobs’ biography
- How to gain real satisfaction in what you are doing
- And a load of other advice, insights, and lessons
Quotable quotes from the conversation with Anthony:
“I realised early on that I wouldn’t achieve or be very successful in the role of CEO without the guidance of mentors…you will never realise your full potential without coaching and mentoring.”
“It’s very seductive at times to try do things that accelerate a particular aspect of growth, but as that well quoted statement puts it: “It takes a lifetime to build up a reputation and just a moment to lose it.” ”
“There is incredible power in just identifying what is the next thing I’m going to do with this or that I need to do with that.”
“If there is an entrepreneur out there who hasn’t read Steve Jobs’ biography by now, I’d question how serious they are of their pursuit of entrepreneurship.”
Resources and books mentioned in this episode:
- Steve Jobs
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t
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