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A partisan public service? August 27
“Do you believe public servants are too politicized?” This was the question we asked in our CGE summer poll. We asked it because this issue is one of the  read more...

Lessons from the field: How changemakers get things done August 22
This month, I shine the innovation spotlight on Greg Goodwin, an accomplished public servant with over 20 years of experience in British  read more...

The Right Stuff: Competency frameworks August 21
Competencies are the behaviours that enable organizations to attain their strategic objectives. Along with trust, competence is integral to horizontal  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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A renewed approach to civic engagement August 12
On July 2nd, Richard Pietro packed up his things and set forth on a Cross-Canada journey on his motorcycle. He describes his 20+ city tour as “changing Canada by exploring it” – spreading his passion for Open Government, Open Data and Civic Engagement by facilitating dialogue with citizens.  read more...

What keeps government communicators up at night? August 6
Smartphones and tablets have fundamentally changed how information is created, managed and measured. Because of this unprecedented access to content, the average citizen now has significantly higher expectations on how, when and where they access information.  read more...

Toward the mobile workplace August 5
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, created a stir in the winter when she ordained an end to tele-working arrangements for her employees, demanding instead that all staff report to a corporate office.  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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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…

Maintaining perspective
on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:34
Nice, Craig. The one thing I like to muddy is the relationship between of "governance", "corporate governance", and "governance committees".…

Metrics: A Cautionary Tale
on Monday, 28 July 2014 14:46
Awesome insights! and yes, managers need to use this new process wisely.

Doing less, but better
on Monday, 21 July 2014 14:27
Thanks so much Christiane for your kind words - much appreciated!

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...

The Europeans are coming! The Koreans are coming! June 20
The early May annual workshop of the Canadian Institute of Procurement and Materiel Management covered many topics that could have been the impetus for an article. I chose trade agreements because the environment is clearly changing.  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...

    A partisan public service?
“Do you believe public servants are too politicized?” This was the question we asked in our CGE summer poll. We asked it because this issue is one of the key questions being asked as the public  read more...

Lessons from the field: How changemakers get things done
This month, I shine the innovation spotlight on Greg Goodwin, an accomplished public servant with over 20 years of experience in British  read more...

The Right Stuff: Competency frameworks
Competencies are the behaviours that enable organizations to attain their strategic objectives. Along with trust, competence is integral to horizontal goal-setting approaches in public service  read more...

 
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