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I have been conspicuously quiet of late observing the fast paced workings of the Con-Dem [my coined phrase] Coalition Govt as if there’s no tomorrow.
Perhaps there isn’t given Ed’s positioning. But why am I so enthused about Ed Miliband given that I am Independent?
Simply because he does not appear to contraband like his elder brother who did harbour prime ministerial ambitions despite his constant denials holding a banana as his witness. Why, otherwise, would David think of relinquishing the cushy Westminster Village outside which either brother has not served?
So what do I expect of Ed?
In addition to accepting, including and implementing, if not all, some of my last manifesto, I expect him to be nationally contrite about the increased inequalities under 13 years of New Labour, about the New Labour’s Words of Mass Deception [WMDs] both in 1997 Manifesto and in the House of Parliament especially about Iraq & Afghanistan. I want him to come clean and condemn the excesses of New Labour and especially about them being economic or frugal with the truth about the economic mis-management of the UK PLC.
I want him to be humble and listen to the heart of Britain in introducing an English referendum [i] to select the new electoral system that the electorate decide upon and [ii] to select a acceptable political governance for England.
For ease of reference see my past entries:
What is my manifesto, you ask?
Where do I stand on public services cuts, Housing Development in Milton Keynes?
Finally, I expect him to develop an ability to introspect and correct his deviations from the promised path of non-alliance with any lobbies including the corrosive Jewish Lobby we know about.
There’s 315 in total nationally – more than double the amount that stood five years ago.
They don’t have the electoral machine or resources of the main political parties, they get no party political broadcasts, and little guaranteed time on television or radio.
Per Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) I am type ENTJ & INTJ [ ENTJ
Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.
Excerpted from Introduction to Type by Isabel Briggs Myers published by CPP. Inc. Used with permission.] [INTJ Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others. ]
Domain Expertise such as knowledge about one’s chosen field and Soft Skills such as ability to handle conflicting priorities without losing sight of the goal, interpersonal and intra-personal skills or ‘people skills’, clarity of thought, decisiveness, self-assessment, continuous improvement are essential for a public servant.
Stamford Uni research involving 10,000 interviews revealed that 12.5% of the success was attributable to the actual knowledge base or qualifications and 87.5% was attributable to one being ‘a good, honest and accountable communicator’.
So, from my Psychometric Personal Profiles revealed below, which no other Party Leaders have dared to disclose, YOU decide where you’ll place your X on Thursday the 6 May 2010.
Personal development/ assessment completed independently viz. Psychometric Personal Profile Analysis and The Morrisby Organisation Psychometric Test and Analysis:
3rd November 1994 was my first ever Psychometric Test (conducted by Thomas International Management Europe Ltd.) reveals thus: “ Mr Vyas is positive and persuasive by nature, an integrative leader who has genuine interest in other people. Being of a friendly nature he gains confidence and respect of others as a result of his poised manner and amiable approach. Group activities both in and out of work are important factors to him, as is meeting new and interesting people. Being positive & inquisitive by nature, Mr Vyas is fairly self-assured & venturesome in majority of his dealings. He takes responsibility seriously. He likes to be given freedom to act & enjoys a challenge. Mr Vyas is a fair listener, kind, accommodating & relaxed in approach. There is a tendency to be careful in his dealings & is likely to be fairly well disciplined. He needs to belong to a team and yet exert independent influence upon it and organise it to act. At work he needs to be in contact with a variety of people and needs to be helpful and provide a service both in terms of providing advice and solutions to problems. He has ability to be thorough and deliberate once the objectives to be achieved are clear. The job should include authority to act independently and could include disciplining others should the occasion arise. Working environment should be informal & wherever possible, decisions should be reached by a consensus. However the emphasis should be on generating a team spirit.” The describing words are ‘Friendly, kind, accommodating, influential, persuasive, organised, disciplined, assertive, confident and thorough.’
18th April 2000 – 8.45 to 4.45 selection Programme for a PO7 post in North Hertfordshire District Council, Letchworth. The Guilford-Zimmerman Competency Survey was conducted by SOLACE. I was given a verbal feedback, which I wrote down, as a written report was not going to be made available.
Verbal Feedback by Tony Berine (of SOLACE):
Verbal Reasoning: 85 percentile. This put me amongst the top 5-10% of chief executives in Britain with this ability.
Strategic Thinking: Prioritises work strategically. Is Objective in approach – can keep personal feelings from adversely interfering. Has very strong potential for Innovativeness.
Task Management: Very logical, analytical, reflective, highly planned, strong conformation to organisational standards; getting things done; very quality orientated.
Optimisation: Rarely worries, extremely strong focus on maintaining own professional standards.
Self-Management: Very strong focus on self-evaluation and personal professional standards.
Presentation: Very persuasive, very high social confidence, diplomatic, sees from customers’ perspective, very high level of sociability.
Negotiating Style: Possesses very good negotiating style as sees other’s viewpoint and finds out what they need.
Relating to people: Very strong on managing people, motivating, influencing, and enthusing. An exemplary leader.
15th March 2001 – The Morrisby Psychometric Test and Vocational Guidance Report will be available for your perusal and in support of my application.
Per Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) I am type ENTJ & INTJ.
See http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/the-16-mbti-types.asp#INTJ for insight into ENTJ & INTJ types.
Certainty of Uncertainty of our origins including the Universe?
There is a startling parallelism between today’s physics and the world vision of Eastern mysticism. The increasing contribution of Eastern scientists from India, China and Japan, among others, reinforces this conjunction. Physical science has now become planetary and draws into its fold an increasing number of non-Easterners who find in its new vision of the universe many elements that are quick to note, one cannot always distinguish between statements made by Eastern metaphysics based on mystical insight and the pronouncements of modern physics based on observations, experiments and mathematical calculations. Werner Karl Heisenberg, (1901-1976) German theoretical physicist who was one of the leading scientists of the 20th century. He is best known for his Uncertainty Principle and was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
Reforming Public Services? You thought that New Labour started that in 1997? Quite. You’re right but they failed to deliver because there were too many meaningless targets and too much micro-management which continues to-date.
Hence, the need to re-reform public services. But how?
Irrespective of what the centre says, first, there has to be political will from the leader of the Council and the Chief Executive to  thoroughly clean up the political governance and service delivery governance  separate wood from the trees  retain ‘change champions’ empowering them in the front-line to ‘break rules’ in-line with my tuppence-worth [below] think of and implement service changes to that reduce duplication, unnecessary bureaucratic effort, simplify and streamline delivery, save time and money  similarly identify areas of fraud and incisively deal with them including reforming procedures removing silo-mentality, sharing information within and external partners.  carry out root and branch reform of the entire culture without fear or favour.
As mentioned above my view is to start with the root & branch reform of the entire culture of the organisation.
Establish a TQ Culture Total Quality Culture where the Cultural implications of providing such a service to the customers of any Local Authority service provider are that it essentially involves the whole organisation, every department, every activity, every single person at every level. For such an organisation to be truly effective, each part of it must work properly together, recognising that every activity affects, and in turn is affected by, others.
The purpose and importance of policies and procedures is to translate the Government Legislation, Initiatives, Agendas, and directives (through LA’s Strategies) into processes by which those could be delivered consistently, reliably, cost-effectively and within time. Such delivery mechanisms would in their own turn introduce a way of monitoring performance and to clearly identify (through the audit trail) where something went wrong, why and how best to address the failing so as not to repeat the same mistake again. Thus introducing such a (motivated) culture to the first step change into continuous improvement cycle.
I have numerous policy, service, procedural and processes innovations. All my innovations have been self-motivated business critical ideas delivering value-for-money or realisable efficiency gains. It is my Dharma, my true inherent nature, to find the most efficient and effective ways to serve – to cut through bureaucracy and wasted effort and to go beyond expectations in delighting the customers. That is the only way to repeat the business. True to that Dharma – my work ethics have always been: “I’ll conduct my life’s work on the basis that the question is not if the opportunities of improvement exist but how they will be taken.”
Hence, I consider myself also a Change Champion, Equality & Diversity Champion (including Older Peoples’ Services Champion), an Innovator, Public Service Improver, value-for-money & efficiency champion, and a Social Entrepreneur.
Although Sir Peter Gershon Efficiency Review insisted that efficiencies are achieved through:
- Maintaining the same level of service while reducing the resources needed or using fewer staff;
- Delivering additional outputs via enhanced quality or quantity of service for the same resource; or
- Remodelling service provision to enable better outcomes.
However, it identifies unacceptable activities as efficiency gains including:
- Re-labelling of activity viz reclassifying inspection as advice;
- Cuts that result in poorer service for the public;
- Transferring costs from one area to another without net reduction or
- Increasing fees and charges to the public.
It identified cashable & non-cashable efficiency gains by workstreams viz:
- Procurement efficiency gains realisable via greater economies of scale;
- Corporate Services – includes Finance, HR, ICT, Procurement, Legal Services, Facilities Management, Travel Services, Security Services, Marketing & Communications etc.
- Productive Time – increasing productivity of front line staff whilst increasing input by reducing absenteeism.
- Transactions – combining activities to deliver efficient services.
Whilst these all are applicable to any local authority, there is nothing new about the common-sense business critical activities that any business, private or public, worth its salt ought to be conducting to survive let alone succeed.
The latest biggest piece of Housing Legislation in a decade has become an act impacting further on the LA front-line staff who will have to take on greater role in regulating private sector housing. There are seven parts to the Housing Act – the first five cover private housing, part six deals with public sector issues & part seven with supplementary matters.
The culture therefore ought to identify, deal with and prevent future fraud both internal as well as external.
Given the culture change I have mentioned above, the devolved budgets, accountability and empowerment to decide and deal with public needs will inevitably create a culture that thrives on learning as the keep earning good will from the service users. Such a valued and an innovative culture will in time be able to do away with expensive and unnecessary consultants, greatly reducing their budgets. But what does such a culture appear like?
Cabinet Office Research [1997-1999] confirms that local govt’s impressive track record of finding efficiencies is solely due to the innovative nature of the front-line staff who are in the best place to innovate as they know the systems inside out. The New Labour never got around to devolving controlling from the centre to know how to enable and empower the front-line services to do what they are employed to do.
My tupennys worth:
- Change – besides being unpredictable is essentially inevitable. The greatest personal skill needed for this decade will be manage radical change in order to survive as an organisation. The chaos theory emphasises that in order to lead this change one will actually need to break rules rather than keep them. Public service industry that essentially belongs to the public, there will inevitably be constant change; indefinitely.
- Thus a need for a collective organisational vision which may originate as abstract set of hopes and wishes evolving into something that makes sense for the organisation and its culture. The evidence that the vision has taken root is when people can sum it up in an anecdote or a story and begin to identify with it and live it – convincingly. To that end staff and other stakeholders must be given many opportunities to be involved in and contribute to this process over time.
- Both, political and managerial leader’s ability to make a difference by exercising control has been replaced by the need for negotiation, influence and networking. To be direct, powerful and effective in shaking up the local authority strategically they will need to empower others to act and grow in support of the vision both leaders and followers find worthy.
- This, to some extent, eases the way for the LA leadership to assist staff, averse to change, work with change that they are afraid of. Local government being a staff-rich activity must recognise the salience of staff in the reality of any change. To ignore it would be disastrous. Staff who will not go along with the change will mean no change. People are more important than structures and systems. Leaders must passionately believe in the direction and purpose of change. However, it requires that staff who are going to make that change own the change themselves.
- In order to facilitate this, the leaders need to cut across and move some of the activities outside the established pyramid hierarchies and involve change champions from across the organisation ensuring that staff freely choose the direction of change as their own preservation and survival.
- In order to work with staff’s own motivation as the main driver for change means finding out in detail what that motivation is. This process is essentially collaborative. Leading staff means being willing, able and self-disciplined to listen actively to what staff have to say and having infinite patience to communicate successfully and being able to make oneself understood.
- Hence the key skills a leader will need to lead staff through change are: (1) able to motivate their staff (2) in order to motivate their staff they have to listen to what their staff’s special motivation might be and (3) in order to be able to use that information on their motivation they need to be able to communicate with staff clearly.
- And finally, a leader must recognise that there are staff, in all organisations, wishing to change for some time who are highly self-motivated, talented and innovative bursting with ideas, energy and enthusiasm to excel but have been stopped by senior colleagues or by other barriers. The crucial managerial task is to seek out such gifted gems and to dismantle barriers to performance and productivity and channel talent into avenues that will directly contribute to the achievement of the organisational goals. This is crucial for any local authority in achieving its twin initiatives – Corporate Health MoT & deliver Valuing Diversity Policy.
thamesvalleypoliceuk — 27 April 2010 — Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a serious sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl in Milton Keynes on Sunday night (25/4).
The incident happened at about 8pm as the victim was walking home from the park in Great Holm, along a track lined with trees, between Kensington Drive and Goodwood. The victim was held to the ground by three men while a fourth offender sexually assaulted her.
Jonathan Bartley of Ekklesia tackled David Cameron on inclusion of disabled children in mainstream education
David Cameron Incident [Wiki]
On April 27th 2010, as Conservative Party leader David Cameron made his way to a car after a General Election campaign event in South London he was confronted by Bartley, accompanied by his disabled son, Sam. Mr Bartley claimed Conservative manifesto plans encourage placement of disabled children in special needs education, rather than mainstream, and that this amounted to unfair exclusion of children like his son. Cameron, crouching to be level with Bartley and wheelchair-bound Sam, tried to more fully explain the policy and that it was under Labour he was having problems finding his son appropriate schooling, but was continually interrupted by an angry Bartley.
The Daily Telegraph and many other media outlets suggested this meeting was a politically motivated stunt by Bartley, a Liberal Democrat supporter and left-wing campaigner, at a time when the Liberal Democrat and Conservative Parties were close in opinion polls.
Bartley later described himself as a “floating voter” and denied he had planned the incident, claiming Conservative Party officials invited him to speak with Cameron, though he was “very, very angry” about Conservative special needs education proposals.
I support mixed tenure housing to give much needed social experience and mobility to those renting from the social landlords. Similarly I support mixed and inclusive education for all where the mainstream eduction, in the opinion of the school governors, is unlikely to be adversely affected by such inclusion [although the need for special education depending upon the level of disability is unlikely to go away].
Britain’s most respected budgetary think tank has turned its slide rule over the spending and taxation proposals of each of the major parties. There are three vast black holes – one in each of the party’s proposals. All the parties have announced plans to return the economy to balance by 2015/2016. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that 87 per cent of the Labour government’s plans for cuts in public spending or tax rises have not been revealed. It says that 82 per cent of the Tory plans are unexplained and 74.1 per cent of the Lib Dems. This is the bit of this election campaign that none of the major parties want to talk about.
Paying it back after being found out, legitimises this person to negotiate the outcome of the next government?
If you believe that then you’d believe that Leeches suck only vegetable sap.
Think. Vote judiciously.