10 Elements Series Introduction

Far too many companies have developed business agreements that were created for a bygone century. Or worse, they are buying strategic services using an overly simplified commodity approach.

When we studied how the world’s most successful strategic business relationships approach contracting, we uncovered some of the best strategies, tactics and tools that organizations have in common. These methods help them create contracts that accelerate the pace of innovation and competitive advantage in an era of dynamic market changes and transformational shifts.

Out of that groundwork came the “Vested Outsourcing,” or Vested methodology. Two of the five books in the Vested library were the immediate result: Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, which is now in its second edition and describes the five seminal “Rules” of the Vested business model, and The Vested Outsourcing Manual, which is the basic implementation guide to creating successful business agreements.

The Manual provides the essential components —which we call the 10 Elements— that companies should integrate into their Vested Agreements. The elements align to the Five Rules as the following chart illustrates.

10 Elements of a Vested Agreement

  • Rule 1: Outcome-Based vs. Transaction-Based Business Model

    Element 1: Business Model Map
    Element 2: Shared Vision Statement and Statement of Intent

  • Rule 2: Focus on the WHAT, not the HOW

    Element 3: Statement of Objectives/Workload Allocation

  • Rule 3: Clearly Defined and Measurable Desired Outcomes

    Element 4: Clearly Defined and Measurable Desired Outcomes
    Element 5: Performance Management

  • Rule 4: Optimize Pricing Model Incentives

    Element 6: Pricing Model and Incentives

  • Rule 5: Insight vs. Oversight Governance Structure

    Element 7: Relationship Management
    Element 8: Transformation Management
    Element 9: Exit Management
    Element 10: Special Concerns and External Requirements

The next ten blogs in this series flesh out in some detail exactly what the 10 Elements are and what they will do, which is to take you to a successful Vested Agreement. It provides an overview of each of the elements, why that element is important, and how to integrate the element your agreements.

The 10 Elements Series is designed to work in conjunction with Vested’s free online self-assessment, which will help you benchmark your own agreements with the goal to identify structural flaws that may be holding you back from achieving transformation success.

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