As a public sector manager you are the backbone of public service delivery but you now face the greatest challenge of your career because of this thing we call austerity. A New Public Sector will emerge from the significant changes being driven by that austerity – and you need to be ahead of the opportunity curve.

Available now on Amazon, How To Survive Austerity: A Manager’s Guide to Doing More With Less and Emerging as a Leader in the New Public Sector by Mike Gill will provide you with a 7-step framework to help improve your own chances of survival.

How To Survive Austerity provides a system to prepare yourself and your staff using a practical, no-nonsense methodology you can start using today. It will help you present your service in the best way and help you ensure everyone understands what you do, how much it costs and why they should ‘CHERISH’ your service.

When you’ve read this book you will understand how you can:

  • Maximise your chances of surviving austerity
  • Get to grips with the New Public Sector
  • Emerge as one of the leaders in the New Public Sector
  • Make the public CHERISH your service
  • Prepare yourself, and your service, for the challenges ahead.

To support you through the How to Survive Austerity the 7-step framework, there are a range of documents and tools available, designed to help you deliver change. This includes additional resources, articles and the experiences of others who have been on this journey – and you can share these with your colleagues and stakeholders.


“Finally a book which not only provides practical and challenging new ways to face the ongoing and deepening pressures for public sector managers, but also reminds us that there is still much to cherish and preserve. A refreshing read which left an unfamiliar feeling of optimism.” – Alice Benton, Lead Commissioner at NHS England and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG

“The policy of austerity, whether you consider it a necessary evil or a serious mistake, will be with us for some time. Mike Gill asks challenging questions about how to survive (even, he argues, thrive) if you’re a manager in the public services.” – Geoff Fimister, former head of Newcastle City Council’s Welfare Rights Service, writer and consultant with over 40 years’ experience in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

“All of us in the public sector will just have to get used to austerity. As Mike explains we’ll need to do things differently, if we want to survive and thrive over these next five years. ‘How To Survive Austerity’ offers valuable advice – best read it as soon as you can.” – Mark Cockerton, Chief Executive of clinical out-of-hours providers across the UK and advisor to Department of Health.

“If you have ever been asked to deliver more for less, this book is your practical guide to help you do that in a thoughtful way that puts the impact of your services at the heart of your decision making.” – Lucy Gower, Author of The Innovation Workout, innovation expert and Director at Lucidity

“Will I survive austerity? The simple answer is I am now better prepared, thanks to this publication.” – Andy Vasey, HP Business Services Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa

“Well structured and wonderfully readable – provides the tools and confidence that public sector managers need now more than ever.” – Hilary Coyne, Major Projects and Change Manager at City of Edinburgh Council

“The book ‘How to Survive Austerity’ provides not just clarity but solutions on how to deal with austerity – a word few understand the cause and effect of. If you are in the public sector or interested in how the economy works, this book is for you. It provides insights and a unique solution to the readers delight.” – Darshana Ubl, entrepreneur, keynote speaker and SME advisor as seen on BBC News

“Austerity is a much used word these days, but in his book Mike Gill sets out the real impact of austerity on the public sector today. If you believe in public services, this is well worth a read.” – Andrew Hartshorn, Managing Director at Methods Advisory Services

“‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ (Gandhi). As a public sector organisation, if you want the public to ‘cherish’ your service, you first have to CHERISH it and them. Use this rigorous, tested process to be the change you want to see and deliver remarkable results.” – Ali Stewart, executive and leadership coach and author of the successful book, Insights into Liberating Leadership