OPD International (OPDI) Limited is a registered company in NZ. It holds the global distribution rights to the organizational technology derived from the science of Dr Graham Little.

List of books and papers summarising Dr Little's spiritual model of humanity click here.

All papers and books are free in PDF. Books in print are available at lulu.com.

The fundamental of OPDI:

  • If we adopt and apply better ideas, we will get a better result.

  • If we implement better ideas with conviction and passion we will doubly (or more) get a better result.

OPDI global competitive advantage

Better science → better technology → better results

The following paper deals comprehensively with why improved science enables the greatest result. The Spiritual Model of Humanity (6) Why Science Rules (July 22, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423774.

Dr Graham Little has developed improved social science, that when applied leads to the only scientific general theory of psychology ever developed.

From this fundamental scientific base, Dr Little has (1) developed both technology of organization wide team leadership, trialled it, and proved it works. (2) developed the workshops to enable senior executives to adopt the technology that when applied by them will benefit both their organization and the people they lead.

One-minute video: Better ideas adopted and applied produce better results.

The fundamental science

To review,

For an overview of the science refer:

What does OPD-HCD™ do?

Improved profits. Revenue 100, costs 90, profit 10. +3% revenues -3% costs. Profit 15.7.

Could improving the creative effort of your people lift sales 3%, reduce costs 3% and as a first approximation, increase your profits 50%?

Increased staff work-life fulfillment.

Increased engagement, more focused.

Higher performing culture.

Rollout of strategy with greatest chance of greatest success.

How does it do it?

It achieves the result by:

 1: Lifting the level of  'ownership' exercised by each person in the delivery of their job.

 2: Tightening the focus of the job on action, called ideal actions, that most result in strategic success.

By making minds and imagination the key tools guiding success for all. Having every team member choosing to apply their mind and creative imagination to their job and improve success for all involved.

It is called the creativity-success cycle. It is based on the science of Graham Little, which defines humans as a species that creates ideas on situations then applies those ideas to manage the situation. Ideas the set of the sail, emotions the wind in the sail. That is what is represented on the front page. To view the creativity-success cycle click here.

It is fully general. On the reverse the creativity-success science applied to organizations, resulting in a clear, simple theory linking people to strategy, tight definitions of (A) management and (B) leadership, and how the two then combined to improve team member engagement, focus, and motivation.

Do you want to know how to apply this in your organization? Contact us for details of workshops near you.

Do you want to know if it will payback for you? Request a business-case proposal.

The commercial products

1. OPD-HCD™: The team leadership/performance management component of an HCM system. Overview of OPD-Theory™ of Human Capital Development (December 23, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2889588

2. The Executive development workshops. OPD-Theory Scientific Self-Development Programs (January 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2899499

The science of organizations and business technology: www.tradepub.com/?pt=adv&page=OPD International (OPDI)

One-minute video: Improve focus, engagement & work-life fulfilment (1) OPD science.


Three levels of implementation, depending on the size of the business.

  1. Small Business (2-9 Staff) OPD-Theory Organization Design and Human Capital Development (January 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2899501

  2. OPD-Theory of Organizational Design for Medium Business Without Strategic HR (January 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2899502

  3. OPD-Theory of Organizational Design for Large Business/Corporates with a Strategic HR Function (January 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2899503


Contact info@opdcoach.com for an OPD Qualified Facilitator (OPDQF) near you.

Implementation Agreement

  • The goal is the same for 4 or 4,000,000 staff: Every person clear on what they need do in their assigned role to have greatest chance of greatest strategic success, committed to their own work-life fulfilment, and feel supported by their team leader to enjoy every day at work.

  • The size of the organization merely alters how it is implemented.

  • Implementation is proceeded by the Business Case spreadsheet giving payback projections and costs.

  • Implementation initiated by the Governance signing off the Business Case, acceptance of the terms of the Implementation Agreement, and payment of the first invoice.

  • Implementation Agreement, in PDF click here.

Implementation plan

  • There are 19 clearly defined steps/tasks involved in implementation.

  • With decades of experience, we know that every step can be important, and no matter the size of the organization each step needs thoughtfully examined and judged if applicable, or whether it can be shortened, and how.

  • It is this necessary due diligence in implementation that limits payback in very small companies (less than 5 staff).

  • Summary of the Implementation plan in PDF, click here.

Clearing the clutter

  • OPD-HCD™ is a new way of thinking about people and organizations such people more fulfilled, and the strategy has greatest chance of greatest success. It is an organization wide change in operational ideology.

  • OPD-HCD™ is not compatible with most of that currently accepted as 'HR best practice'. Therefore, the leading stages of implementation involve people throwing out the clutter in their minds and replacing it with the scientifically based OPD-system™.

  • Summary of the clutter to be cleared, in PDF, click here.

One-minute video: Improve focus, engagement & work-life fulfilment (2) everything changes.

Proven success of OPD-HCD™

The Executive perspective

Each workshop is based on one of Dr Little books.

All the books are based on the same science, but the perspective in implementation changes depending on the position in the company.

The CEO for example, ‘see’ it differently from the CFO, and both see it differently from the senior HR person. Hence, each book offers the unique perspective of applying the technology from the specific position.

We can be our own worst enemy. When our habits are not the best responses, and you know a group workshop will not go that far. When you seek modern leadership principles, but blended with your personality, personalised to you and how you can gain the Executive and personal life success. One-on-one, 'executive development blended with success counselling'. Complete confidence and privacy guaranteed. Click to view brochure.

One-minute video: Getting ready to lead.

The Executive Workshops

Books are free in PDF.

  1. Modern team leadership: For all team leaders seeking greater clarity of what to do to gain best result from the team. These team leadership skills suitable to all levels of management.

      1. Book: Modern Team Leadership: What to Do to Ensure the Team Has Greatest Chance of Greatest Success (January 2, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2892575

      2. Brochure: Click to view

  2. The mind of the CEO. For existing CEOs and Senior Executives seeking the mind and outlook of a CEO. Develop the thinking skills to clearly assess what the CEO needs to do for greatest gain in results. Balances focus between management and leadership to guide greatest gain in results.

      1. Book: Mind of CEO. (September 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2833571.

      2. Brochure: Click to view

  3. Time budgeting: For senior leadership development of personal effectiveness and professionalism

      1. Book: Time Budgeting: Building Personal Purpose and Motivation (December 29, 2016). Time budgeting Building personal purpose and motivation, ISBN 978-1-877341-37-3, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2891384

      2. Brochure: Click to view

  4. HR in the Modern Organization. For senior HR Executives aiming to be clear on the OPD-Theory™ and how it would apply, the impact on people, the costs, and the gain in results.

      1. Book: The Role of Human Resources Management in the Modern Organization: Applying Scientific Theory to More Effectively Link People to the Organization Making HR the Driver of Strategic Success (January 2, 2017). Published by Institute of Theoretical and Applied Social Science Auckland, New Zealand (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2892793

      2. Brochure: Click to view

  5. Rollout: Improving rollout of business strategy. For Senior Executives with the responsibility for the detail rollout of strategy. Examines the technical skills of conceptualizing strategy embedding it in the ideal actions and role specification of staff.

      1. Book: Rollout: Improving Rollout of Business Strategy (September 6, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2835794.

      2. Brochure: Click to view

  6. Human capital: For Senior Executives seeking to understand how a human capital asset can be included in the balance sheet. What that means, and what it would cost in money and time.

      1. Book: Human Capital: The Science of Valuing People on the Balance Sheet (December 28, 2016). Institute of Theoretical and Applied Social Sciences Auckland New Zealand, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2891129.

      2. Brochure: Click to view

  7. Organizational development: For Senior Executives in businesses over 9 staff. An overview of developing a high performing culture across several teams as opposed to merely in one team.

      1. Book: Executive Pocket Guidebook (December 12, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2883985.

      2. Brochure: Click to view

Contact info@opdcoach.com for an OPD Qualified Facilitator (OPDQF) near you.

For those seeking to become an OPD Qualified Facilitator (OPDQF)

Background for Facilitators Exploring OPD Authorization (November 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3071231

Contact info@opdcoach.com for further information.

The training plan to gain OPDQF registration

Training Plan for OPD Authorized Facilitators: The Development Plan for Certification OPDQF (OPD Qualified Facilitator) (November 17, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3073328

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View Graham discussing latest scientific thinking in leadership


This was in relation to a 1.5 hours free talk Graham delivered at Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, June 2018. Graham is available to repeat the talk to any interested audience.

The exchange can be done via Skype, or similar video service.

Contact info@opdcoach.com to discuss presenting the free talk to your Executive team.