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We have worked with David for several years in a number of leadership development programmes. David’s contribution is now one of the first onto the drawing board of any new programme design as his presentation around leadership for outcomes is always totally relevant, challenging and well-received. His presentation of OBA/RBA serves as a powerful reminder of the core purpose of public service.

Pete Chilvers ,Chief Executive
SDSA

Update on OBA in Leeds

One of the most enthusiastic exponents of OBA™ in the UK is Leeds City Council who has used the framework to great effect in its Children’s Services Department.  Under the leadership of Director Nigel Richardson, the department has focussed on three indicators (known as ‘Nigel’s Obsessions’) in the knowledge that if these can be improved, other indicators will follow. He has also developed what he calls his “Thing of Beauty” which is a simple, regularly updated graph showing progress on each of the key indicators. I have posted a case study of progress to date which you can find under the Resources section (Publications and Case Studies).  It makes for interesting reading and demonstrates how the values of OBA (Simple, common sense, plain language, minimum paper, and useful) are making a difference in Leeds.