I’ve been called many things throughout my life, and throughout my career, but to date an author is not one of them. That is until now…Even referring to myself as an author seems a little strange and I think it will take some time to get used to. But with my first book out in the next few weeks I’ll have to get used to it pretty quickly.
I’ve worked within the public sector for (dare I say it) over 25 years and with more than 200 public sector organisations, to bring efficiency and performance improvement to their operations. So I thought why not share some of this experience and learnings, particularly with all the challenges that now face public sector managers. It was during these thoughts that How to Survive Austerity: A Manager’s Guide to Doing More With Less and Emerging as a Leader in the New Public Sector was conceived.
I’m passionate about ensuring the UK always has strong public services delivered at a cost comparable with that which can be purchased from the private sector. However, the ongoing push by Government to implement austerity across the UK has involved reducing the scale and scope of our public services. We now have a Government that appears determined to drive through further reductions which brings even greater challenge and threat to those working within the sector.
Quite clearly the public sector is facing one of its greatest challenges to date because of austerity and a new public sector is emerging from the significant changes taking place. Most public service managers feel helpless in the face of those threats. Many will fear for their livelihoods and feel overwhelmed by the scale of change they are being asked to deliver. And whilst many people may not even understand what public sector services are and what they deliver, the austerity drive has been accompanied by increased antipathy, even animosity, towards the public sector. All of which provides the impression of a “siege” of the public service.
So what is my book about? It’s not all doom and gloom – honestly. Although you may also have guessed it’s not all unicorns and rainbows either. My book outlines and addresses the changes and the challenges that are taking place within the public sector. But the main aim of How to Survive Austerity is just that. It’s tapping into the survival instincts of my readers and offering public service managers an opportunity to be ahead of the opportunity curve. To maximise their chances of survival, prepare themselves, and their services, for the challenges ahead and emerge as one of the leaders in this ‘new public sector’.
I have to say, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience of penning my own book. Yes, it’s been tough at times and it can take over your life but very much worth it. I can say that now looking back! I look forward to letting you know when it will be published and to hopefully hear your thoughts and feedback.