Mike Ledwidge placed an advert in the Guardian Newspaper on the 27th of March 2013. Mike was a public servant for over 28 years and has been studying what has gone wrong with our public services since the 1980’s. His advert explains how our government has made fundamental errors in the way they have measured our public services, in the way that they have tried to motivate and manage our public servants and in the way that they have handed over choice parts of our public services to private companies.
On this website you will find a copy of the original advert, a ‘text’ version which retains the original academic references, a simple explanation of the ‘systems’ issue which was written 10 years ago and a short composite of some of the key pieces of established theory from well known gurus of motivational management.
For the last three decades our public services have been measured like factories and staff bullied into doing whatever it takes to come up with the numbers to satisfy government. This bullying pressure and these truly stupid measures have meant that many committed teachers, police officers, social workers and nurses have just walked away from their profession. The altruism that was the core of our public services has been progressively driven out. It is truly amazing that so many honourable and committed staff still remain, despite the way they have been treated.
This is scary stuff, but the truth of what has been going on has been hidden by its complexity. I hope that the attached documents will enable those in public service to see the connections between so many of the problems we currently face and perhaps to start to challenge what is going on.