Summary of The Public Sector

Managing the Unmanageable

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The Public Sector book summary
If you think private business has all the management answers, think again.


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It is a truth universally acknowledged that – to borrow a phrase from Jane Austen – the public sector produces little besides bureaucracy and bad management. Management consultant Alexander Stevenson argues otherwise. He provides worthwhile lessons about how to manage well in government and how managers in private businesses and corporations could benefit from the public sector’s example. His insights may cause you to look at the civil service in a whole new light. Stevenson writes from a British point of view, and many of his examples are based in London, but readers everywhere will glean useful tips. getAbstract recommends his surprisingly breezy advice to leaders in either sector.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What techniques can help you manage better in the public sector
  • How to apply these strategies
  • What public sector managers can teach managers in the private sector


Two Different Animals
Bad managers can emerge everywhere, but the public sector bears an unfortunate reputation for having the worst executives ever. This unfounded aspersion exists because: 1) Public sector managers often don’t have “a single simple...measure” to gauge their progress ...
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About the Author

Management consultant Alexander Stevenson specializes in the public sector and was affiliated with the Financial Times group.

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