Event: Worshipful Company of Management Consultants: The Education Supper Date: 2015 Summary: Why, I wondered, do governments fail so regularly – judged both by our expectations and by the intentions of the elected politicians? Or, to put it more softly by a reviewer of my book: ‘The author addresses a deceptively simple question that has bedeviled generations of politicians and officials: Why does British government never work as effectively as we’d like it to?’… Keep Reading
Venue: Manchester Business School Date: 2015 Summary: Lecture to 115 MBA students, 95% from outside the UK, covering around 35 countries introducing the Treaty For Government Keep Reading
My question this morning is: “what are you going to do to improve your court service over the coming year?”
What is going through your head right now in response to that question?
Excitement, enquiry, opportunity to lead at whatever level, what to do first, what do I need to do to get round X or Y?
Or, are the organisational obstacles springing to mind?.........
Do you avoid accountability by hiding behind process and secrecy, or do you embrace it? Keep Reading
Event: Systems and Cybernetics in Organisations Date: 2015 Summary: Having spent a working lifetime in and around government in various roles, I became more and more frustrated with its capacity - regardless of the party in power - to produce much beneficial change. I’ve watched able, well-meaning people themselves frustrated by Westminster and Whitehall. With a consultant’s eye it became evident that the problems lay with the system of government - problems common to most democratic countries. Analysing government as an organisation - albeit a very large one - produced the insights as to why it fails, and the basis for designing a new system. Melding constitutional and political theory with this, a ‘Treaty For Government’ should provide vastly better government than that on which many have turned their backs, taken to independence as the answer, protest voted, or become once again briefly hooked on politicians’ promises… Keep Reading