It was inevitable…
As a public sector leader you have become increasingly aware of citizen dissatisfaction. You know this is in part a response to unpopular policy decision making and substandard service delivery. You also know that there are long-running systemic issues within the public sector that are a cause of frustration to everyone. Trust in government has plummeted because your paternalistic approach cannot hide the fact that the global forces at play are not under your control.
But then Covid arrives.
The social contract which once was merely fraying is now torn. It dawns on you that fixing Government (not dissimilar to repairing a plane inflight) will not cut it. The other primary actors, namely the private sector and citizenry must step up. This will not be well received.
Citizens are disillusioned…
Lingering, unresolved and globally resonant inequalities become the channels through which the people express their fear and anger. Their expectations in respect of living in a safe, satisfying and connected society are fading into the distance.
Once the middleclass feel disenfranchised, societal collapse and ‘failed state’ status follows.
It dawns on you that you are all at sea during the perfect storm and that you and your leadership team are ill-equipped to be at the helm.
There is a way forward…
This is where I come in. I can help you build a society-friendly state engine led by competent leaders. The wellbeing of citizens, and to a lesser extent the private sector, is often a minor consideration in respect to government policy. The primary consideration being to maintain power.
I can work with you to rebuild trust, reset expectations and transform the state machinery to better serve your primary stakeholders. Citizens and businesses will feel empowered, as will public servants. In respect of leadership, execution will replace rhetoric.
There is no return to normal. Increased uncertainty and volatility lie ahead. Nonetheless, what citizens lose in terms of security, they gain in increased freedom and more fulfilled lives.
We wanted someone who would engage our leadership differently. Ade did this brilliantly. Engaging, fast paced and multifaceted. Just what was needed to shake things up a little in the last session of our conference!
We recently held a conference in Milan around “Digital” for our senior partners throughout the MED region (Italy, Spain and Portugal) and Ade joined us by VC as a keynote speaker. Even by VC Ade kept the audience captive with lots of note taking and it also provoked a lot of discussion after the event. One of the most compelling keynote speakers that we have had in the MED region.
Ade understands business and IT opportunities through the lens of executives and how to present this back in a concise manner with clear takeaways.
Ade spoke at an event for around 250 of our UK & Israel Technology team. Ade has a fantastic presentation style, and it was clear in the prep calls that he was able to take our overall theme of the event and link that to his presentation. I would highly recommend Ade as a motivational speaker and thought leader.
Ade McCormack sounds a much-needed clarion call for IT to “grow up” and become a mature business function.