Mike Gill was recently interviewed by Clarity TV, part of the channel’s Interviews of Distinction series, about his book How to Survive Austerity. Find out more about Mike’s experience in the public sector, why he wrote the book and which four people from history he’d invite to a dinner party.
How to Survive Austerity: A Manager’s Guide to Doing More With Less and Emerging as a Leader in the New Public Sector is Mike’s first book and draws upon his knowledge and experience of working as a consultant within the public sector for more than two decades.
He said: “I have more than 25 years experience delivering change and helping people improve services within the public, private and third sectors. People continue to ask me to help them figure out ways they can be more efficient or to manage change so I decided to write a book to share my knowledge and insight into what works – and what doesn’t – to improve public service.
“I firmly believe that public sector managers are the backbone of service delivery. However they are now facing the greatest challenge of their careers because of this thing we call austerity. Clearly things can’t continue as they are – cuts need to be made and change must happen – and this puts a huge amount of pressure on the people responsible for the delivery of these services.
“A New Public Sector will emerge from the significant changes being driven by austerity. It needs to be leaner, more efficient, more for less and it’s certainly going to be more demanding. And it’s becoming increasingly apparent that we have little choice in the matter.
“Public sector managers need to be prepared for this and get ahead of the opportunity curve. My book provides a common-sense approach to help them do this and maximise their chances of survival.”
Here’s the interview in full.