Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, alongside their SME transformation partners including Coeus Consulting, 31Ten Consulting and Grant Thornton, today ran an event for Public Sector leaders on ‘Collaboration for Transformation’ at the Coeus Consulting office in Central London.
Alison Griffin (CEO) and Joanna Ruffle (Executive Director - Transformation) from Southend Borough Council shared the highs, lows and key learnings from working collaboratively with multiple SMEs to drive their transformation towards an outcome-focused organisation.
The audience consisted of Chief Executives and Heads of Transformation from other Local Councils, looking to find out how this approach has delivered better value at a lower cost than a traditional consulting / advisory engagement.
The event consisted of a panel discussion facilitated by Adam Lent from New Government Local Network, discussing:
• How to maximise value rather than just cut costs • What role external organisations can play in delivering your transformation at pace and in a way that stimulates a growth mindset in your people and your place.Southend Council shared their experience of working together with SME change, business, technology and finance consultants in a blended way. They discussed how this required both the council and their partners mixing traditional working with new approaches across an organisational ecosystem, finding opportunities to be successful together, to learn from failure and to establish highly effective, honest and collaborative relationships.Keith Thomas, Head of Public Sector, commented “The message that came out clearly from the event was that open, honest and collaborative relationships between the Client and partners is vitally important. A collaborative engagement style is vital in delivering better outcomes.”
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