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Civic engagement as art December 19
The traditional definition of civic engagement is voter turnout. The traditional messaging about civic engagement is that it is a responsibility, duty, or even  read more...

Leader as storyteller: The power of communication December 18
There is a growing role for storytelling in public administration – what Sandford Borins of the University of Toronto calls fables or narrative. Fables are  read more...

Yes we can...transform December 17
Well, there is little doubt that on the public sector front it has been an action-packed year. At the federal level, it was the completion of the year-long  read more...





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Adobe: SMARTnering with the public sector December 2
As with any other industry, technology plays a vital role within the public sector. It assists by making work easier, providing security, increasing information accessibility and enhancing daily functions in the  read more...

Excellence Canada launches Healthy Workplace Essentials for SMEs December 2
The success of organizations, and the Canadian economy, is directly tied to the physical and psychological health and well-being of employees. Workplace studies by professor Linda Duxbury over a 20 year period have shown negative  read more...

The power of SMARTnership November 28
“With SMARTnership, we have to look into communication, being trustworthy, convincing people, and translating a message,” Jensen said. “We have to look into negotiation skills, our values in a negotiation, cross-cultural understanding, how to  read more...

Technology
Can our system survive digital technology? December 10
Westminster governments are interesting because so much of what happens in them, and how they work, is governed by convention. But can the Westminster system survive the impact of digital technology? That question will be explored during a conference next month in Ottawa.  read more...

Today’s CIO: A key business enabler December 2
The role of today’s Chief Information Officer is one of technical expert, change agent, risk mitigator and influencer all within the confines of fiscal restraint and accountability.  read more...

BizPaL and Gov 2.0: From information to participation November 21
A significant challenge for Canada in the digital government era is federalism. Difficult as it is to achieve service integration and seamless governance within any single jurisdiction, doing so for the public sector as a whole has proved even more daunting.  read more...

Bookshelf

  • Talking at cross purposes

    We know feedback is good for us. We know it can help us improve. But receiving feedback can often be difficult. We tense up, even get irked or angry. Only part of the message, or perhaps none of it, slips through, as we slide into defensive mode.

  • Twelve trends changing our world

    Leaders need to know how to inspire and manage, and have a solid understanding of the policy field in which they operate. But that’s not enough.

   
Join the Discussion
High performance by design
on Thursday, 04 December 2014 21:06
Very interesting Mr. Larose. As a Public Servant employed at ESDC, I thank you for expressing your views on Performance…

The power of SMARTnership
on Monday, 01 December 2014 20:44
Really learnt a lot from Keld's presentation and I highly recommend his book.

Information exchange 3.0: The benefits of a new model
on Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:04
I am a situational awareness solution provider in Halifax, NS. I am looking to learn more regarding NIEM and how…

How the art of improv can transform the way we work
on Thursday, 27 November 2014 12:06
Thank you Angela. I recall having lots of fun and creative moments with improv and theatre sports back in the…

Leader as evaluator: The power of analysis
on Thursday, 20 November 2014 14:50
Excellent piece by John Wilkins. John is my former boss and a perpetual mentor and a leader. I am submitting…

If it’s broken – fix it! December 15
Last month I supported the argument that if a received bid does not comply with some minor aspect of a call for bids, but the non-compliance will not put either the procurement or the resulting contract at risk, the bid should be accepted and the bidder given time to “fix” the problem.  read more...

If it’s broken… November 27
Roy Wiseman’s blog, "In defence of direct negotiation," on the CGE blog site (cgexecblog.wordpress.com) is well worth a read. So too is the 2012-2013 Annual Report of the Procurement Ombudsman, Frank Brunetta...  read more...

Experiencing a contract dispute with a supplier? November 24
As difficult as they may be to accept, we all know that disagreements and disputes are unavoidable in life. The world of federal procurement is no exception.  read more...

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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...

    Yes we can...transform
Well, there is little doubt that on the public sector front it has been an action-packed year. At the federal level, it was the completion of the year-long Blueprint 2020 exercise and the report,  read more...

Shift happens: Meeting capacity needs for executive leadership
The leadership capacity of the British Columbia Public Service depends on having qualified, capable leaders to fill the gaps created by retiring executives, shifting demographics and pressures  read more...

Ontario Act will test public sector trust
On October 30, Ontario began second reading of the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act. Despite its esoteric sounding title, the legislation is designed to play a major  read more...

 
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