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Lack of public faith a test for public sector mangers September 30
Accenture has come out with a report that looks at U.S. work force demographics and the dangers of what it calls “disconnected government” with its  read more...

A cool approach to time management September 30
As I rush-rush-rush through the day, I occasionally remember the notion of “cool time” from a book published 12 years ago by Toronto time management  read more...

It takes courage to lead in today's public sector September 29
What are the traits that will define the next generation of successful public service leaders? Managerial aplomb? Policy expertise? An ability to ‘speak  read more...





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Case study: Implementing analytics September 26
More and more of us are watching high profile events such as the Olympics and the World Cup on our computers, tablets and phones. As the official broadcaster of many of these events, that has created a challenge for the CBC that also affects many  read more...

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...

Technology
Case study: Implementing analytics September 26
More and more of us are watching high profile events such as the Olympics and the World Cup on our computers, tablets and phones. As the official broadcaster of many of these events, that has created a challenge for the CBC that also affects many media and other organizations developing online content:  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 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...

Bookshelf

  • A cool approach to time management

    As I rush-rush-rush through the day, I occasionally remember the notion of “cool time” from a book published 12 years ago by Toronto time management consultant Steve Prentice.

  • 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.

   
Join the Discussion
New Clerk seeks to tap into the OPS for innovative ideas
on Monday, 29 September 2014 18:36
I feel very confident about the future of our province with Steve Orsini wisdom, insight and leadership.

Leveraging the Olympics: How a tourism brand was built
on Sunday, 28 September 2014 08:53
An excellent condensation of the requirements to capture the imagination, time and money of potential visitors to an area. I…

How to keep your talent
on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:04
Though I would encourage people not to take it too far. Malcolm Gladwell's classic essay on the role of "talent…

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!

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...

    It takes courage to lead in today's public sector
What are the traits that will define the next generation of successful public service leaders? Managerial aplomb? Policy expertise? An ability to ‘speak truth to power’? How about courage,  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...

 
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