Dani Saveker in front of her family’s business in 2003

Dani Saveker in front of her family’s business in 2003

How GLAS was created

From a background in family business to infinite possibilities

The story of how GLAS came to be is deeply rooted in Dani’s family business; T Saveker Limited. You can read more about that here but needless to say there are many highs and lows that helped shape what we now call GLAS; the Global Life Alignment System.

“There is never really an end or a beginning”

The reason that Dani created the framework was initially to help find answers in her own story - why did the family firm close after 106 years? Having given many talks on the subject, she was always asked the question: “what could have been done differently?”.

GLAS allowed her to go on a journey of discovery and find that the key lay in alignment.

From not just looking at her own family’s story, but hundreds of other family and owner-managed businesses, she hit upon the beginnings of the framework. She began by firstly identifying what happened when these businesses were successful and also when things didn’t work.

She soon found that there wasn’t anything to help these businesses with their alignment, especially as it wasn’t as straightforward as she first thought. There were 5 areas that always presented themselves. These became the 5 Principle Elements of GLAS.

By using the framework with many family businesses, she came to realise that it’s elements can be applied across all areas of life; for any generation and age, and to support any issue or opportunity.

In a fast paced, changing and challenging world, we have never been in more need of simplicity and methods of coping. From mental health concerns to career development, we may know that we should find a purpose (just as Simon Sinek said in Start with Why), but there’s more to it - including “how do you find your purpose?” and “how do you use it when you’ve found it?”.

The 5 Principle Elements cover; identity, relating, doing, impact and purpose. Depending on who we are talking to and in what context we can adapt each to become relevant - from executives to 5 year olds, and from Olympians to parents.