Episode 8 – Operational excellence in Government – an impossible dream?

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Topic: Despite Benjamin’s protestations, the pair and their illustrious guest is brought down by the challenges of operational excellence in Government. Ed Straw, former PwC partner, think tank and national relationship counselling organisation board member, and author of Stand & Deliver: A Design for Successful Government, talks about the need for a systemic focus on results. We hope that all who are seeking hope for Government and get up in the morning filled with the drive to change and improve. JP looks on unsure whether to admire or pity…

Hosts:Joseph Paris, Founder of the OpEx Society & The XONITEK Group of Companies
 Benjamin Taylor,  Managing Partner of RedQuadrant.

 Ed Straw, Sasa Linic

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About Ed: Ed Straw was born in 1949 and educated at Manchester University, Manchester Business School, Harvard Business School and Oxford University. He has seen government from every angle: as a citizen and consumer, adviser to several government ministers, chair of Demos and Relate, and a specialist on government task forces. He was a consultant on Thatcher’s public sector reforms and then New Labour’s, a policy moderniser during Neil Kinnock’s leadership of the Labour Party, and he designed the organisational blueprint for the party under John Smith and Tony Blair.

He was also a global and UK board director for PwC, and his work has taken him to countries and governments around the world. An early training in civil engineering taught him structured analysis, and perhaps most importantly for this book, how to design things so they don’t fall down.

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