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Leader as visionary: The power of imagination September 18
Visions are our windows to tomorrow. They are about exercising imagination, asking where we are going, and setting direction. This means knowing what we want  read more...

Reporting real results September 17
The government of New Zealand, and the State Services Commission in particular, is focused on improving services to citizens. Some of the goals are familiar:  read more...

Using gamification to open dialogue September 15
Is there a gamified approach to citizen engagement by the public service? One extremely successful example of gamification is Idea Street in the U.K. Idea  read more...





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Grande Prairie recognized for online innovation August 1
The City of Grande Prairie in Alberta has received a "green gov" award from Santa Monica-based Vision Internet, a government website  read more...

Day in the Life: Policy advisor brings fresh perspective to military exercise July 25
Riley Hennessey is serving with the Department of National Defence (DND) at Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the largest military maritime exercise in the world, taking place around the Hawaiian Islands and in San Diego from 26 June to 1  read more...

Hill+Knowlton Strategies recognized for quality July 18
Hill+Knowlton Canada announced last week that it has received the prestigious Canada Order of Excellence, the highest honour bestowed by Excellence  read more...

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Using gamification to open dialogue September 15
Is there a gamified approach to citizen engagement by the public service? One extremely successful example of gamification is Idea Street in the U.K. Idea Street is a platform internal to the U.K. government, but the problems it is set in place to solve are similar to those in Canada.  read more...

Connection and collaboration for civic innovation September 11
The act of linking people and ideas through communication and relationship building is critical to solving the complex problems that challenge us. It’s also what will help us capitalize on new opportunities.  read more...

Media old and new in Toronto’s civic elections September 8
Claims of a social media transformation in politics and government are widening. Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi has been dubbed Canada’s first "social media Mayor" and, indeed, he dwarfs most every Canadian politician from any government level on Facebook and Twitter.  read more...

Bookshelf

  • Keep it concise

    Before a presentation, uncertainty and fear can lead us to try to include all the information required to answer all the questions recipients might have. There’s also a temptation to pack in as much detail as possible, to show the extent of our research, knowledge, and hard work in preparing.

  • Decision-making for executives

    Much has been written about decision-making in recent years, as we learn more about how the brain works and behavioural economists devise experiments to understand how we approach choice. But much of it could lead us astray...

   
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How the art of improv can transform the way we work
on Monday, 15 September 2014 12:51
Thank you Angela for sharing your views. I know I have at times been not as "present" as I should…

Connection and collaboration for civic innovation
on Sunday, 14 September 2014 09:02
Great article Ashleigh! You will find strong advocates and partners in these critical initiatives at Middlesex County!

Connection and collaboration for civic innovation
on Friday, 12 September 2014 14:06
Great article Ashleigh!

The Right Stuff: Competency frameworks
on Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:01
It's a simple idea - people should be competent to perform their job. But in what context? Solving simple, complicated…

Toward the mobile workplace
on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:45
Interestingly, when I cruised through the Public Service Employee Survey, from ~2000 to ~2010 the per capital rate of flexible…

Winds of change: Defence procurement and contracting for services September 5
Last spring the government adjusted its approach to defence procurement, creating new oversight, coordination and input processes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of defence procurement.  read more...

In defence of direct negotiation August 8
From time to time, the popular media jump on examples of contracts awarded without competitive bids as examples of everything that is wrong in government. Perhaps, it is time to make the opposite case that open competition also has some problems and there are times when direct negotiation (or sole source) may be preferable.  read more...

In defence of direct negotiation August 8
From time to time, the popular media jump on examples of contracts awarded without competitive bids as examples of everything that is wrong in government. Perhaps, it is time to make the opposite case that open competition also has some problems and there are times when direct negotiation (or sole source) may be preferable.  read more...

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Grande Prairie recognized for online innovation
The City of Grande Prairie in Alberta has received a "green gov" award from Santa Monica-based Vision Internet, a government website  read more...

Protecting Nova Scotia's ecosystems
On August 1, 2013, the Province of Nova Scotia released Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Plan for Nova Scotia, and announced that it was legally protecting  read more...

Ontario strategy earns greenest employer award
A focused, four-part strategy – employee engagement, strategic leadership, executive participation and partnerships – with short- and long-term goals has  read more...

    Connection and collaboration for civic innovation
The act of linking people and ideas through communication and relationship building is critical to solving the complex problems that challenge us. It’s also what will help us capitalize on new  read more...

The Responsible Public Servant revisited
In 1990, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada published The Responsible Public Servant, a book that focused on the ethical dilemmas facing the average public servant – not just deputy  read more...

An inside job: Staff upgrade Ontario's financial information system
On time, on budget and in scope! How often do you hear those words about large complex projects? Earlier this year, the Ontario government upgraded its enterprise-wide financial management  read more...

 
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