What if boldness were an explicit value of the civil service?
Janet Hughes

I’ve been wondering if being bold requires being informed and therefore confident that what you could be bold about is also the best (or good enough, damnit) thing to do. So I was going to say something like “it’s all well and good asking all civil servants to get out there and be bold, but from my experience many don’t know what to be bold with”. But then I thought hang on a minute Ben, that’s also something to be bold about — bold about acknowledging what you’re not sure about, saying as much, and going out there to find clarity, if not answers. So… excellent, yes — more boldness all round please!

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