My review copies of How to Survive Austerity arrived this week. I’ve been very excited to see the finished version of my first book after what felt like a few flurried months of writing and editing.
There was something quite exhilarating about opening the box and discovering new, crisp, unopened books – and a book that I’ve actually written myself. It really made the work I put into it worthwhile and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
Although the content of How to Survive Austerity is based upon what I’ve done for many years as a consultant, actually writing a book was a challenge and it reminded me how important it is to push yourself and leave your comfort zone every now and then. In parts of my book I ask the reader to do this so it seems only right that I challenge myself too.
I found that the key was to find a topic I was passionate about, to write something which was unique but most importantly, to write something that provided value and could be applied effectively.
Many books have been written on the subject of bringing strategic change to the public sector. However, none had been written that targets managers of public service facing such austerity and no book offers such a simple and non-service specific technique that can be so universally applied to improve services. Also no book has appealed so directly to the survival instincts of those managing public services.
I’ve said throughout my book that what I’m suggesting isn’t rocket science – it’s common sense. I believe that this results in an approach that’s relevant for public sector managers, achievable and ultimately successful. But the proof will be in the pudding as they say and I look forward to letting you know when my book is available so you can hopefully judge for yourself.