Monday, 22 June 2009

Raising it with the Prime Minister III

Here in the UK we desperately need to improve public services and to reduce stress, improve well-being, increase capability and create a successful & sustainable future ... traditional thinking/approaches have failed completely, and many 'leaders' (including the PM) are failing to 'lead' or improve the situation too ...

John Seddon has, for as long as I can remember, been a huge outspoken advocate of change, and has been successfully applying alternative ways of thinking [based on Dr. W. Edwards Deming's pioneering work] which have pushed the boundaries of Lean and Systems Thinking ... [NB John has been doing a lot of great work in the Public Services sector too]. John does not suffer fools gladly, and stands up for what is right, rather than what's counted ... [or popular at the time]! Ever since I've known John he has strongly condemned the use of targets and 'command & control' management practices, which this present Government have unfortunately introduced in droves over the last 10 years  ... but are now slowly being unpicked (e.g. see one of my previous posts)!  

I have often made reference to John's work (e.g. in my book!) and a number of people have signed a petition asking for John Seddon to be appointed as a Public Services Tzar - a role we desperately need, and one which would serve to bring 'fresh thinking' into Government & Public Services too ... I've signed it, and you can click here to sign it today too !

You can also sign the "People Democracy" and "Ask the PM to resign" petitions there too!


We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to appoint John Seddon 'Public Services Tzar'

Submitted by Charlotte Pell – Deadline to sign up by: 8 June 2010

Category: Government, politics and public administration

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The public sector is in crisis. We've had enough of the paperwork. We know targets are a problem. The bureaucracy is stopping us from doing our jobs. John Seddon understands why the system isn't working and he knows how to fix it. Support the expert to show the Government a better way.