John’s latest podcast: talking targets in Westminster

John Seddon describes contributing to the Institute for Government’s research on targets in the public sector.

This podcast is from July 2021.

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Busting bureaucracy in home repairsGary Hamel argues the growth of bureaucracy is a blight; Vanguard shows a practical way to get rid of it
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The killing of Alison: reflections on the NHS regimeThe regime rewards reputation, so failures are hidden
McKinsey extols the benefits of digital public services; wise advice or costly folly?Have a guess!