The New Bible for NZ Government Managers
A fast-changing (yet slow-moving) environment with high public scrutiny, a low tolerance for risk and an unpredictable political layer means that public management is not a job for the faint-hearted.
Lack of clarity on purpose, vision and priorities plague all levels of the public sector, with short-termism and reactive management crowding out opportunities to develop genuine strategic capability.
Operating in this environment without pushback is no longer enough, for public managers tired of late, unfinished and failed initiatives. Nor is it enough for a jaded public, who rightfully expect value from their contribution to the social contract.
From Strategy to Action provides a framework to shift the needle and make progress on the big picture. Using the tools and advice compiled in this book, public managers who are ready to seize agency and do things differently will be pleasantly surprised at the impact they can have on their teams, organisations and communities.
About the Book
Alicia McKay talks about why she wrote From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Shit Done In The Public Sector
WELLINGTON UNITY BOOKS LAUNCH
CHRISTCHURCH SCORPIO BOOKS AUTHOR TALK
Coming in 2020…
It’s Time To Be Brave
We live in scary political times. Faith in public institutions is declining. The intrinsic value of democracy is in question.
Risk aversion in the public service is higher than ever, with the pressures of constant and instant media attention, unpredictable politicians and social divisions playing out in real time on Twitter and on the internet every second of the day.
Inequality, climate change, economic transformation, technological disruption, the future of work and the AI economy all present complex and shifting challenges for politicians and public servants.
The political implications of this are real and scary. Populism and fear have driven unexpected election results in some of the world’s most civilized and advanced nations, in an age of Trump, Brexit, Boris and whatever the hell is going on in Australia.
News is not all bad, however. Divisive, fear-based policy making is not the only response to this turbulent time.
With innovative, collaborative responses to entrenched community issues, a renewed and committed appreciation or indigenous history and biculturalism and a demonstrable lack of tolerance for bigotry and discrimination, New Zealand is the perfect breeding ground for a new model of public leadership.
By responding to home-soil terrorism with compassion and tolerance and by legislating for breaking the GDP-dependent economic paradigm, New Zealand is once again showing leadership in the public space. It’s not the first time – throughout history, our politicians and public officials have broken the mould on issues like conflict, nuclear energy, indigenous affairs, terrorism, public finance, monetary policy and technology.
But are we going far and fast enough? And is the political rhetoric and public interaction driving sufficient innovation and bravery into the administrative core of government to deliver meaningful progress?
This book argues three key things:
It isn’t (for lots of good reasons)
It should be (for even better reasons)
It can be (and there’s some stuff we can do now to get there).
Publishing early 2020