The challenge of doing ‘more for less’ in the new public sector

more for less

This is my first blog post since all of that ‘Brexit-shocker’ stuff and it would be fair to say its been quite an interesting few weeks. And frankly it doesn’t look like the excitement is slowing down. It’ll be interesting to see how it all shapes up (ask me in ten years time) but as… Read more

How much? Why you need to know the cost of austerity

‘How much does it cost’ must be one of the most used phrases in business, spanning both the public and private sectors. In fact, it’s a standard question we seem to constantly face in all walks of life. And for very good reason. With all the current austerity measures going on at the moment, and… Read more

A problem shared…

shared services - mike gill

A recent article by David Walker in the Guardian looked at the chequered history of shared services and focused on former Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude’s legacy – which in short is not a great one. Essentially Maude hailed shared services as a means to avoid duplication and cuts, but as we know such an… Read more

What do we really think of our public services?

What do we really think of public services

To help me write How to Survive Austerity I undertook a simple survey to help me gauge the views of a range of people on how they perceived our public services. I took a reasonable cross-section of roles and industry sectors for the purposes of developing a comparison model. All had more than ten years’… Read more

Define your service to the man on the Clapham omnibus

man on clapham omnibus survive austerity

Time (as it seems with everything these days) is of the essence. Austerity is banging on your door and you need to do something about it pretty sharpish. However, I appreciate it’s easier said than done in the public sector, where lead times tend to be measured in months (and that’s if you’re lucky). An important… Read more

Delivering the perfect pitch for survival

Delivering the perfect pitch for survival

Imagine the Coliseum in Ancient Rome, filled with a frenzied crowd. And imagine the Emperor seeking some direction from the spectators before he gives a ‘thumbs up/thumbs down’ to the gladiator before him. The common assumption is that ‘thumbs down’ means the gladiator must perish. Leaving aside the historical accuracy of that assumption, you want… Read more

Clarity – the first step to becoming cherished

Clarity the first step to being cherished

Clarity is something that really should be more commonplace than it is. Whether you work in the public, private or third sector, clarity will get you far. It’s also the first step to becoming CHERISHed. Quite simply, in all aspects of life, if you want people to genuinely care about something you have to firstly… Read more

Start your CHERISH journey – four tips to success

Start your cherish journey

In the second of my two part blog on starting your CHERISH journey, it’s important to gather your thoughts and ideas before embarking upon any programme of change. What are the outcomes you want to achieve and what does success look like? In my book How to Survive Austerity I take readers through the whole… Read more

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