Well, less a perspective and more some reflections on my notes, and, many more questions than answers….
Do leaders do more than find and accrue power and then use it make a difference to what matters most?
Some groups in Leeds are perhaps ‘over-powered’ while others are ‘under-powered’. How can we go about making sure that every individual, group and community accrues the power that it needs and uses it with compassion?
We don’t need another commission. We need to start a movement. How do we form an association of citizen’s capable of acting on what matters most in the city? Or perhaps many associations? How do we help people to find others who share a common cause and help them to be powerful and compassionate? How do we build an association of associations? Can we engage our endowment of community organisers to help?
Power without compassion is a dangerous beast.
Who ARE you? What are YOUR battles? Are there some battles that must be left to fight another day?
Leading across boundaries, breaking down silos. Easy to say. Never dissented from. Rarely done. Why? Perhaps your followers are actually doing the things that you REALLY value? Our words and our actions are perhaps out of whack?
How can we amplify, add power to, what is already going on? To citizen-led projects. Perhaps the first step is to create awareness of such projects, then to show real interest in them. So let’s start to map some here.
Public sector leadership can feel like leadership inside ‘the beast’. The civic spaces outside of the beast are open to us. How do we build better connections between ‘localities’, centres of civic common cause and the public sector?
Wouldn’t it be great if we all spoke the same language in relation to leadership in the city? We all use different competency frameworks, use different words to describe the same thing and same words to describe different things. Do we need to work towards a shared language?
The public sector generally is working hard to ‘involve’ citizens at the moment. We have Leeds City Council’s Citizens’ Panel and NHS Trusts are busy building their membership bases. Can we go beyond involving citizens in the agenda of the public sector and perhaps seek to involve the public sector in the agendas of citizens? Do we have to offer citizens multiple points of access to influence public services? Is there a smarter way?
The inverse care law – even when we standardise for levels of need it seem that those in our poorest communities get less care than those in more affluent ones. The same feels true for education and perhaps many other public services. How can this source of inequality be tackled?
How do we develop a system where a wide set of stakeholders drive development in the city rather than policy makers?
We have seen the banks and the supermarkets successfully privatise labour by getting us to do our own banking online and to check-out our own shopping. Are there further opportunities to privatise labour in public services?
How can we make the most of the ‘space’ that has been left to us?
Mike Chitty is a freelance consultant on enterprise, entrepreneurship,leadership, management, strategy and community.