WHAT PEOPLE SAY
-Thought the course was insightful and opens thinking to better ways of leading.
-Very interesting and engaging way of presentation comparing the game (design and play) with the work environment and work tasks/responsibility.
-Easily accessible material and good context provided.
-The game analogy drew good parallel to current work environment.
-Gives them the context of how leadership skill can be utilised with the appropriate tool set.
-This was a different approach to leadership and goal setting. Drawing the parallel with games, game design and quests changed my point of reference.
-Stepping through key concepts, autonomy, mastery and purpose.
I have found Owen to be knowledgeable and have been able to use his advice within the business.
Owen was very responsive to our needs and provided a first class service.
Owen has provided leadership, direction and has empowered me as a leader.
Very happy with the services we received.
Owen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to LIC while we are in “change” mode.
Very happy with services provided – whilst the request was only partially formed Owen managed to turn the request into the desired outcome.
I’d like to thank Owen for his assistance to date. I really appreciate how he has helped me move forward in what is a very challenging role.
We all think we know our customers but to hear the story from someone who was a customer brings you back to reality fast. This course is unique as a former CIO teaches your sales team to think like a CIO rather than a salesperson. This course is so powerful I now book it for every team I lead. It’s a no brainer for ICT sales and marketing people who are serious about understanding their clients.
As always it was great to work with Owen. His presentation remains at the top every time and is one that is most enjoyed by our delegates. Looking forward to work with Owen in the future as well.
Owen provided us with clear, rational and logical thinking – didn’t sugar coat anything or try to tell us what he thought we wanted to hear. This was exactly what we wanted. Listened well; clear expert in his field; used experience well. Easy to work with, navigated all levels within the org we needed him to. Good guy; a good experience all round for us.
Owen is a man of exceptional integrity with values that extend well beyond business improvement, you can be sure that whatever he says he can help you achieve is accurate.
Owen thinks and acts like a business leader not just a head of IT/IS. This means that he provides high quality input to strategic decisions as well as ensuring that solutions are both business need and customer focussed. He is very good at challenging conventional thinking and developing stretching goals with his team. He remains focussed and passionate about ROI and customer impact of important initiatives. I found him to be a team player and an engaging presenter.
Owen is a natural leader. He has the capacity to pull people together to form a strong team focussed on a common goal. The project we worked on together was tough but we had fun and achieved. He is the best person I have ever worked for.
Owen was the principal consultant on a project evaluating grants management solutions for a collective of community Trusts of New Zealand. With a diverse group of stakeholders, spread far apart geographically as well as in their perspectives and needs, the project presented some significant challenges.
Owen brought significant experience, and a calm and pragmatic approach, which meant that even when faced with significant challenges, the objectives were always kept front of mind and we always found a way to achieve them. His awareness of the wider implications of the project and how they could affect some of the stakeholders was also a great asset, and ensured we took a sensitive approach where it was appropriate.
I really enjoyed working with Owen and would not hesitate to seize the opportunity should it arise again.
If you are a CIO, your world will be much better when you get Owen in your corner. He is Australia & New Zealand’s leading thinking and writer on what it takes to create a world class IT team. He’s done it himself, and advised 100’s of others along the journey. And he is authentic, humble and generous in how he goes about it.
Auckland Council was established in 2010 to replace the functions of the Auckland Regional Council and the seven district councils in the region. Post transition, Owen’s services were engaged in 2012 to provide his expertise to assist guide the design and initial implementation of a new IT strategy that would transform the IT department to a world class IT team. As the Head of IS at Auckland Council at that time, Owen exceeded my expectations on this assignment.
Owen is an authentic leader who is passionate about creating value from the use of technology. Owen has significant consultancy and stakeholder management experience and this combined with his strong business acumen, an in depth understanding of the industry and proven methods were integral to the process and the quality of the end results. I would not hesitate to recommend Owen to anyone wishing to engage his services.