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Government leader

Act 1

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.

Act 2

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.

Act 3

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.

How can I help?

Government is one of three actors impacting society. The others being business and the citizenry. Each actor has both expectations of and a responsibility to the other actors. Some governments have unfortunately lost the ability to act effectively. Thus causing society to suffer unnecessarily.

My focus is to help your government transform to a more societal-centric model. One where friction between functions, between ministers and civil servants and between governments and its wider stakeholders is removed.

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