Other's great ideas

We are a humble bunch in the Outcome Delivery Network. We know we have created some real innovation in AOD and are proud of the IP we have developed and offer to share when working with other consultants and our clients. But we know many of the ideas, tools and techniques we have developed are built upon concepts from others, so we are happy to accredit the clever ideas from whom we have learned or been inspired over our consulting careers.

ODN are excited to welcome Mark Samuel as a new member who will provide new insights to our team and our clients. Mark has been a leader of the Accountability Movement since 1986 and his ideas on creating ‘safe accountability’ have been featured in AOD since we met Mark in 2015. He has published a best seller, The Power of Personal Accountability, the award winning, Making Yourself Indispensable, and Creating the Accountable Organization. We look forward to sharing some further innovative thinking from his latest book – B STATE – with our clients. Mark’s ideas complement AOD thinking on developing leadership teams and delivering measurable performance improvements.

ISBN 978-1-59184-469-3 ‘Making Yourself Indispensable’ (the Power of personal accountability) and
ISBN 13: 978-1-62634-569-0 ‘B-State’ - A new roadmap for bold leadership, brave culture

ODN are strong supporters of, and advocates for, the works of John Kotter, one of our favourite authors on the art of Leadership & Management.

Perhaps the seminal article we have found on leading and managing change, “Why Transformation Efforts Fail” published in the Harvard Business Review in 1995, still resonates with our clients and we have built an analyser to help assess steps along the road to improvement in addressing John Kotter’s 8 key lessons – one of the most interesting articles featured in the Harvard Business Review of Leading Through Change- ISBN-10: 1422102807.

Some other great ideas were featured in this HBR compilation publication, particularly the work of the BCG consultants – From Sirkin, Keenan & Jackson article in Harvard Business Review, Oct 2005 ‘The Hard Side of Change Management” – where they identify factors in predicting change programme success in the form of DICE scores. See the Analyser  for more details.

Some other texts that are inspiring members at present:

Other current challenging texts we have shared with Clients which are well worth a read........

  • “That’s Not How We Do It Here!” by John Kotter and Holger Rathgebe
“Thinking Fast & Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
  • “Legacy” – what the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life – by James Kerr (a particular favourite of our sporting members!)

Some of the most striking ‘Legacy’ Leadership Lessons:

On Character

From James Kerr's observations from the All Black's modus operandi:

"Sweep the sheds : never be too big to do the small things that need to be done"

"Performance = Capability + Behaviour"

"What is my job on the planet? What is it that needs doing, that I know something about, that probably won’t happen, unless I take responsibility for it? "- Buckminster Fuller

And there are a few other quotations from other sources that appeal to the ODN members as we think our way around the 7 steps in AOD

On Vision

Vision without action is a dream…Action without vision is a nightmare" - Japanese Proverb

A great leader’s courage to fulfil his vision comes from passion, not position- John C Macwell

On Planning

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kirkegaard

"Yesterday is not ours to recover but tomorrow is ours to win or lose." - Lyndon Johnson


"The results (of a test of the accuracy of 80,000 estimates) were devastating.  Experts performed worse than they would have if they had simply assigned equal probabilities to each of the outcomes." - Daniel Kahneman

"Experts are led astray not by what they believe, but by what they think." - Phillip Tetlock

"The more famous the forecaster, the more flamboyant the forecasts." - Phillip Tetlock

On Managing or Leading?

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things- Peter F Druker

On Leading & Learning

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” - Warren G Bennis

"Its the definition of madness to repeat actions and expect different outcomes- Albert Einstein

The first stage of learning is silence, the second stage is listening- Maori Wisdom

“Let the questioning continue; the ability of the person is in asking questions” - Maori Wisdom

Better People Make Better Leaders” - Brian Lochore, ex All Black


On Legacy

A thought or two for those, like some ODN members, who self actualise through our work:

What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others” - Pericles, Greek Statesman

Be a good ancestor. Plants trees you’ll never see” - Maori Wisdom

Our social footprint is the impact our life has, or can have, on others’ lives” - James Kerr

“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”― J.K. Rowling