Transformation, ethics, fraud and HR – four new CLGdotTV programmes recording in London 17 July

Transformation and innovation in local government with Havering Council recording 12:00 noon. Paul Tonks in conversation with Susie Faulkner Assistant Director Transformation LB Havering. Havering Council’s transformation programme includes many components including use of artificial intelligence in transactional services; a behaviour change programme, procurement and supply chain management, systems thinking & process review and re-shaping social care.

Regulating for Responsible Technology 13:00 Catherine Miller Director of Policy at Doteveryone in conversation with Vicky Sargent about how their work with technologists, regulators, policymakers, consumer bodies, civil society groups, academics and ethicists led to ideas about how society can rethink regulation for the digital age, including the practical steps policymakers might take to achieve this.

Countering Fraud in the London Borough of Barnet 14:00 Rachael Tiffen, Director, Local Government at Cifas in conversation with Clair Green who is Assurance Director at LB Barnet. Clair’s responsibilities include the leadership of the Council’s Counter Fraud, Internal Audit and Assurance functions. Clair has considerable operational experience of both criminal, financial and civil investigations, audit and internal controls, she is also Barnet’s Whistleblowing and Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

HR and organisational development in innovative, creative public services 15:00 Leatham Green, PPMA Interim Executive Director, is founder of the Mindful HR Centre and a highly respected and a multiple award winning public sector HRD Director in conversation with Jenny O’Neill, Head of Organisational Development and Learning at Buckinghamshire County Council, who is also PPMA lead on the future workforce.

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Leadership, chatbots, fraud and nurturing talent. Four new programmes for public sector leaders free to view now on CLGdotTV

Leaders & Leadership programme 3– Leadership in a digital age. Steve Cliff has the questions and Matt Prosser CEO Dorset Council quite a few of the answers.

Free Thinking programme programme 2 – Chatbots. Paul Tonks calls up Emma Jackson of Monmouthshire County Council and Paul Shepherd of We Build Bots and demands an explanation.

Counter Measures programme 3 – Council Fraud. Rachael Tiffen of CIFAS forces the truth from Paul Bradley leader of the Durham counter fraud team responsible for recovering £4.5 million in five years

The Future of Work programme 4 – Nurturing talent in the public sector. Leatham Green, Executive Director of the Public Services People Managers’ Association (PPMA) seeks gainful employment with Fiona McAdoo Associate Director of Organisational Development at LB Camden

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Feet of clay

The Schumpeter column in The Economist, a newspaper, yesterday reported that

One of the most widely quoted statistics of recent years….. that 47% of American jobs are at high risk of automation by the mid-2030s

taken from a research paper published in 2013 by two Oxford academics, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne has been widely misunderstood and/or misquoted .

Schumpeter reports that,

after crunching the numbers, the model concluded that occupations accounting for 47% of current American jobs (including those in office administration, sales and various service industries) fell into the “high risk” category. But, the paper goes on, this simply means that, compared with other professions, they are the most vulnerable to automation. “We make no attempt to estimate how many jobs will actually be automated,” the authors write.

I came across this piece of research in 2013 in the pages of – wait for it – The Economist. What the Economist reported in 2013 was that Osborne and Frey had shown that 47% of all categories of jobs would disappear over a couple of decades. This clearly allows for the possibility that the actual number of jobs that would cease to exist might be much more or much less than 47% of the total number of jobs currently available.

In the 1960s my maths teacher, Mr Garland, tutored me to successfully fail maths “O” Level three times. Once a week he would test us on 20 basic maths questions then give us the answers and allow us to mark our own tests. On one occasion when my answers did not match his I raised my hand and said

“Sir…I’ve got…..” but he interrupted me saying

“I don’t care what you’ve got Tibbetts it’s wrong”

Little wonder you might say that I gave up trying and settled for failure.

I am not sure that Osborne and Frey know what they are talking about but I am sure that lots of experts commenting on their findings don’t know what they are talking about. And I am sure that the results of machines taking over our work will be a mixed blessing improving many lives and degrading or destroying many others and I am absolutely certain that it doesn’t matter what answer the Economist has got, it’s wrong.

Future of Work 4

Leatham Green of PPMA and Fiona McAdoo of LB Camden

Finding, nurturing and keeping “talent” in the public sector

Leatham Green, Executive Director of the Public Services People Manager’s Association (PPMA) in conversation with Fiona McAdoo Associate Director of Organisational Development at London Borough of Camden discussing how you find, nurture and keep “talent” in the public sector.

Careers in HR & OD in the public sector can be challenging and rewarding. Persuading graduate recruits that this is the case is not easy. Fiona McAdoo has a wealth of experience and a passion for her job that has surprised even her. Leatham Green has years of experience in both the HR front line and in the PPMA the public sector professional HR association.

Podcast sponsored by HammondClarke Recruitment

A safe place for whistleblowers

The Future of Work No3

are we culturally conditioned to despise whistleblowers?

A great deal has changed in the whistleblowing arena in the last few years. The frequency of whistleblowing, the ways in which it happens and our attitudes towards whistleblowers have all changed and are still changing. Richard Vize is a journalist with a longstanding interest in local government and the public sector. Richard is also a trustee of Protect a legal charity focused on whistleblowing. Kushi Gugral is a senior executive working at Protect and Georgina Charlton is a freedom to speak-up guardian at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Joe Tibbetts asks the questions and does the arithmetic. The journey, it seems, is far from over.