Just back from my trip to Canada and the USA and I thought i’d quickly write a blog about my meeting with Canadian Government during a trip to Vancouver.
We had the great pleasure of spending some quality time with Mr Don Fast (Deputy Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development) whilst visiting Vancouver recently. We met to discuss the challenges facing the public sector in the UK, Canada, and British Columbia. I was hugely impressed by what I heard. It was clear that the Deputy Minister was acutely aware of the challenges ahead and that great progress had been made in modernising their public sector. I sensed: a realism about the scale of the global challenges we all face; an optimism about the future; and a desire to strive for continuous improvement. What he described was a really progressive approach to public sector modernisation. An approach based upon inclusivity, value for money and valuing the people who serve society. It was an opportunity for me also to share my thinking and the value of Mission Critical Intervention Teams in helping to generate fresh new ideas for elected leaders to consider. Ideas… shaped not by consultants, or a few internal functional experts, but by leveraging the collective multi-disciplinary knowledge of all sectors serving society.
I found the meeting incredibly valuable, on several levels, and I am extremely grateful to the Deputy Minister and his office for accommodating my visit into his incredibly tight schedule. I hope to return in the future (possibly to Victoria) and to present more formally on the challenges ahead and the need for increased agility and speed of transformation effort.
John Dew OBE
John Dew OBE at the Hyatt Hotel in Seattle discussing his new book.
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