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

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Topic: Despite Benjamin’s protestations, the pair and their illustrious guests are 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, and Sasa Linic, adviser to the prime minister of Serbia for the UN Development Programme, focuses on a need for transparency. All of them are seeking hope for Government and all of them 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

Ed Straw
Ed Straw
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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.

Sasa Linic
Sasa Linic

 Sasa’s LinkedIn


About Sasa: A dedicated and committed consultancy practitioner with more than 12 years of extensive interdisciplinary experience in sustainability and organizational development in for-profit, governmental, and international organizations. Understand client’s circumstances and tailoring innovative organizational solutions that meet specific needs.

Recognized as a decisive leader, hard-worker, and excellent team-player, proven in leading multicultural teams with focus on relationships and client success. Holding talent in building common ground and trust with people, comfortable in interacting with all levels of organization to maintain seamless business operations.eteran ICT teacher, project manager and developer, Expert on management cybernetics, Skunkworks operator, Moral philosopher

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