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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,  read more...

Leader as mentor: The power of experience October 16
Mentoring is about learning from another’s experience and advice. It is a relationship between two people in which the more experienced person offers  read more...

Centralized communications: Is it a home run, a fumble or a high-scoring tie? October 15
If there is one world that has changed dramatically for public servants, it is the world of the government communications leader and officer. When I worked in  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
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...

A city's response to crisis and public communications October 7
In an increasingly connected and fast-paced world, much has been made of the need to integrate mobile strategies into not only private corporations, but governments as well. For employees on the move...mobile technology is more necessary than ever.  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
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…

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…

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...

    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...

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...

 
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