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The five threats to independence June 29
Independence has long been regarded as a cornerstone of the auditing profession. This is underscored today by the title of the auditor’s certificate. It is  read more...

Make your executive assistant key to your success June 23
Congratulations. You’ve achieved professional recognition for your performance and the public service keeps heaping more responsibility on your shoulders. It  read more...

The logical way to manage change and achieve results June 22
The necessity for government executives to manage change, and achieve results, is an enduring quality of government work. Two fundamental assumptions support  read more...



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Open data: inclusion, innovation, policy and standards May 25
The International Open Data Conference kicks off this week in  read more...

Mobilizing Our Government Websites May 13
As politicians prepare for the upcoming elections, leveraging mobile devices and social media will be central to how candidates build support and spread their message. However, even the most technologically-savvy candidates have not been campaigning  read more...

Mobilizing government websites May 12
As politicians prepare for the upcoming elections, leveraging mobile devices and social media will be central to how candidates build support and spread their  read more...

Technology
The separation of email and state June 17
High profile individuals are always under scrutiny, especially when it comes questionable use of technology. Hillary Clinton’s email archive continues to be widely discussed.  read more...

Electoral oligopolies and democratic disruption June 3
Canada’s penchant for oligopolies is understandable: a vast territory and sparse population are deterrents to upstarts challenging engrained empires. Moreover, in fairness, other comparators are not always pretty...  read more...

From broadcast to broadband May 12
Before the Internet, video was largely synonymous with television, supplemented by the emergence of video games and video rentals. Somewhere in the attic, a few home videos may gather dust – pricey and precious memories for the smallest of audiences.  read more...

Bookshelf


The right balance: The case for strong plural, public and private sectors

In recent years, it has been customary for government – and government executives – to be looked down upon, while business has been exalted. Somebody who hasn’t succumbed is management guru Henry Mintzberg.





Standing out

Many studies have shown that women are socialized to fit in, not stand out. But fitting in can leave you a follower, forever. To advance at work, you need to be noticed. You need to stand out.




   
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Is it time to ditch the "deck"?
on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:07
Decks have some utility - primarily for a discussion of problem definition and work program to resolve what you think…

Is it time to ditch the "deck"?
on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:27
An interesting read ... thanks. In coming up with my idea, I reflected on the meaning of the word "briefing",…

Is it time to ditch the "deck"?
on Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:45
Any ideas on what can replace decks?

Rebuilding Canada's international capacity: Diplomatic reform in the age of globalization
on Friday, 17 April 2015 10:09
Enjoyed it.

The evolution of service delivery
on Friday, 27 March 2015 08:31
"outcomes rather than process" Love it.

Ave atque vale… June 17
It took me more than 20 years in the public service to arrive in the procurement arena. One lesson I learned is that the crux of effective procurement is making sure that procurement professionals know what it is like to be in line operations:  read more...

When a simple KISS is insufficient May 14
I have often written about what to me are the unusual and sometimes strange characteristics and actions of federal government procurement, but recent experience has shown me that we are not alone. During work with a client in the broader public sector, I found several procurement elements that caused me to shake my head.  read more...

Leveraging defence acquisition for Canadian innovation May 5
The release of the Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) in February 2014 has significantly transformed the way equipment is acquired by the Canadian Armed Forces. For Industry Canada, the goal is now to leverage the major recapitalization effort underway...  read more...

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Dispatch - #IODC15 - An International Perspective May 29
Sameer Vasta and Richard Pietro are at the Canadian Open Data Summit and International Open... Listen

Dispatch - #IODC15 - Day 1 Recap May 29
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Dispatch - #IODC15 - Gamifying the legislative process May 28
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City recognized for green engagement
As a municipality that truly believes in fostering a culture of innovation, the City of Grande Prairie is a trailblazer for implementing new ideas that enhance  read more...

The digital town hall: Meeting citizen expectations through government websites
The Green Governance Award won by the City of Grand Prairie demonstrates that every day there are new examples of how citizens’ expectations of local  read more...

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...

    Make your executive assistant key to your success
Congratulations. You’ve achieved professional recognition for your performance and the public service keeps heaping more responsibility on your shoulders. It means more work and more stress but it  read more...

Ave atque vale…
It took me more than 20 years in the public service to arrive in the procurement arena. One lesson I learned is that the crux of effective procurement is making sure that procurement professionals  read more...

Empowerment within the public service
Public servants deliver the government’s agenda and serve Canadians in policy, program management, and frontline delivery. As an individual, it’s easy to feel alone and isolated within such a  read more...

 
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