Transduction — leading transformation — Issue #88

Benjamin P. Taylor
4 min readMay 19, 2023


This week:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Operational excellence
  • Challenging orthodox management thinking
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Agility
  • Systems Thinking

Upcoming Events:

Hamburg, Operational Excellence and Process Transformation. 14 June 2023–16 June 2023

Unlock your organisation’s full potential with the operational excellence and process transformation summit! Join industry leaders, experts, and peers for two days of insights, learning, and networking on the latest trends and strategies in process optimisation and business transformation. Learn how to streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and drive growth in today’s rapidly changing landscape. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to gain a competitive edge and stay ahead of the curve!

Find out more:

Public Sector Show

4 July 2023, in person, County Hall, London.

The 11-year strong Public Sector Show drives the UK’s public procurement marketplace forward through extensive 1–1 networking, collaboration and premium insight into the latest ways of working, best-practice case studies and policy updates.

On 4th July, it will be bringing together leading commercial figureheads, innovators and policy leaders from across the public sector, with the collective aim of improved service delivery, enhanced efficiency and value for money. RedQuadrant’s own Benjamin Taylor will be chairing.

Find out more:

Summer 2023 National Commissioning Academy by the Public Service Transformation Academy

Expected start: June, running 8 months

We are delighted to announce the launch of Spring 2023 National Commissioning Academy which is accredited by the PSTA and Cabinet Office.

Described by the former Civil Service Chief Executive John Manzoni as ‘one of our flagship development programmes for leaders’, the Commissioning Academy is designed to equip commissioners and change makers from across public services with the insight, know-how and tools to transform outcomes for the communities we serve.


  • A blended, interactive programme over the course of 8 months
  • Masterclass workshops (interactive, with input of ideas and frameworks)
  • action learning/coaching
  • expert speakers/short videos to watch
  • peer challenge
  • practical action planning on a project or priority you are working on
  • membership of a nation-wide alumni The Price is £2,300 + VAT. For more information, follow this link or contact

Link Collection:

My Weekly Blog post:

Exploring the evolving landscape of technology, management, human resources, engineering, and sustainability, discover the future of Operational Excellence at the Hamburg summit. Click the link to read in more detail.

Challenging orthodox management thinking, this perspective explores the richness of paradox in organisational life and argues for a more complex understanding of its inherent contradictions. Click the link to read in more detail.

Against common sense — Chris Mowles

Exploring the key elements of systemic change, this approach emphasises learning about the system, fostering deep collaboration, and challenging existing values and norms to create meaningful and lasting transformation Click the link to read in more detail.

Renaisi inquiry into systems change

Transdisciplinarity, characterized by collaboration with non-academic stakeholders, has different typologies and challenges, requiring better integration and dialogue to enhance its effectiveness in addressing complex global issues. Click the link to read in more detail.

Transdisciplinarity as a discipline and a way of being: complementarities and creative tensions — Rigolot (2020)

The Chalice presents an upgraded operating model for digital-age managers, prioritizing customer value, collaboration, and adaptive methods, with future books expanding on its components in detail. Click the link to read in more detail.

An operating model for business agility: Agile for managers of the digital age — Lewis (book, 2023)

Crawling out of hell: A users Guide:

Cherith Simmons/SCiO Systems Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship — 2nd tranche START | SCiO:

29% turnover is still not comparable to the 115% turnover of children’s social workers in a London borough way back in 2003 — but also a huge impact

Revealed: capacity and churn issues facing planning teams | Local Government Chronicle (LGC):

Forthcoming events — A Better Way:

The Devious Genius of “Prompt Injection Attacks” on Today’s Big Language Models:

When Survivorship Bias meets Superstitious Learning:

Mapping modern economic rents: the good, the bad, and the grey areas:

Centralisation Nation: Britain’s system of local government and its impact on the national economy — Centre for Cities:

“Brexit”: the end of the Dublin III Regulation in the UK — House of Commons Library:

Trans Children w/ Jules Gill-Peterson:

Simon McDonald: “It’s the end of the game for Britain”:

Feargal Sharkey:
“That is the 161st time @SouthWestWaterhas been fined over the last 10 years, a total of £4,573,634. Fines don’t work, something else needs to done.”

South West Water fined £2.1m for pollution offences:

A New Theory for the Assembly of Life in the Universe | Quanta Magazine:

NHS England leaves refugee doctor scheme in limbo as funding runs out:

Power in people’s hands: can we revive direct payments?

KPMG audits the nursing homes it advises on how to beat audits:

Royal superfan arrested and locked up for 13 hours at coronation for standing near protesters:

Strange but True: Turning a Wobbly Table Will Make It Steady:

How can local areas ‘design out’ severe hardship? A new framework — New Local:

The Pandemic Is Over. What Does That Even Mean?