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Demographics and changing demands challenge oversight October 24
The Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman is a small operation of 17 full-time staff. While the province has a population of fewer than a million people, the  read more...

Learning is the most important lesson October 23
It turns out that I am a GTEC leadership program alumnus, having attended most of the CIO boot camps and the Next Gen CIO sessions that evolved since 2007.  read more...

Talent management shortfalls October 22
A report by the Government Business Council in the U.S. called Planning for a Robust Federal Workforce surveyed federal government leaders to get their views  read more...





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Performance Excellence Summit October 16
Excellence Canada will be hosting its annual Performance Excellence Summit and the 30th anniversary of the Canada Awards for Excellence on October 30 in  read more...

Learn for today, help shape tomorrow October 8
Looking for new ideas to enhance your leadership skills? Draw lessons from leaders across multiple sectors? Maybe even have a hand in shaping the development of tomorrow’s leaders? The second annual Northern Leadership Summit, sponsored by  read more...

Laurentian Summit aims to build culture of collaborative leadership October 5
On October 16 and 17, the City of Greater Sudbury and Laurentian University will host their second annual Northern Leadership  read more...

Technology
Digital government: Start with the data October 24
Fifteen years ago, citizen-centric e-government drove transformation efforts. Today, the new frontier is digital government. Andrea Di Maio is managing vice president for public sector in Gartner Research. He argues that to be effective, digital government innovation needs to blend both citizen-centric and data-centric approaches.  read more...

The cyber analytics (r)evolution October 17
In Canada’s public sector, the rise of Big Data has meant a new era of data-based decision making for policymakers at all levels. From the economy to labour, transit, healthcare, demographics and state security, data holds the key to smart policy decision.  read more...

Open Government 2.0: Learning from the past October 10
For those interested in open government, October could shape up to be an exciting month. The government of Canada is set to release the second version of its open government action plan.  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
Talent management shortfalls
on Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:43
It's a pretty sad day when software is considered an adequate substitute for knowing your employees. If managers are that…

The tyranny of technology on leadership
on Saturday, 11 October 2014 08:26
To add to the story, briefing notes are usually not shared, all that analysis and knowledge goes to waste.

How the art of improv can transform the way we work
on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:08
Great article Angela. I've been promoting the "And, not but" rule in meetings for years. It's a difficult rule to…

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…

Setting the cat among the pigeons October 14
I used to be responsible for managing the s9 delegation file, and after a while the question occurred: what exactly are those “any Acts of Parliament”?  read more...

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...

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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...

    Learning is the most important lesson
It turns out that I am a GTEC leadership program alumnus, having attended most of the CIO boot camps and the Next Gen CIO sessions that evolved since 2007. Every year has provided new learnings, from  read more...

Learn for today, help shape tomorrow
Looking for new ideas to enhance your leadership skills? Draw lessons from leaders across multiple sectors? Maybe even have a hand in shaping the development of tomorrow’s leaders? The second  read more...

An instrument for good governance
I think the ombudsman needs to be independent, because without independence you can’t be flexible, accessible and credible. The independence allows you to set your own priorities, triage the cases  read more...

 
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