The future does not just happen – it is created (an introduction)
December 30, 2009
Things I value and admire in others – and strive to do better myself:
- Honesty and total moral integrity
- Ethos of public service – and fully understanding what that means and the sacrifices it entails
- Ability to listen to and understand the needs of others, then to persistently, intelligently and diligently represent them to deliver a fair outcome
- Continuous striving to work with others to deliver improvements and support positive-change – however hard it seems.
From the past – what have I learnt?
- Eighteen years experience as a public servant, listening to, engaging with and winning the confidence and trust of patients/public from all social backgrounds
- Relentlessly reasonable in winning the support and engagement of others to achieve the stretching outcomes I believe are possible
- Ability to assimilate a wide-range of information to support decisions and actions – and then to act clearly with purpose and belief
- Entrepreneurial success in building innovative business solutions to solve problems of the public-sector
- Deep understanding of the role of change, technology and innovation to transform lives
- When vested interests try to protect the status quo – they are probably wrong.
Qualities and skills worth strengthening:
- Passion for improving the lives and opportunities of others
- Ability to empathise with people from varied backgrounds and to see issues from a broad range of views
- Experience of working in both the public and private sectors, and an understanding of both
- Persistence required to achieve results when working with large, complex, public organisations and governments
- Energy and ability to work long and hard to achieve those outcomes I believe in
- Capability to build a compelling view of the future and to then inspire others to make it reality.
…and just a few of my many weaknesses:
- Impatience – when I identify a need for change and a route to deliver required improvements
- Inability – to accept compromise or second-best when meeting the needs of others
- Total intolerance – of dishonesty or failure of leaders to act to the highest standards.