Category Archives: Leadership

PROTECT THE DEVIANTS!

I was a “risky” hire.  Not quite cut from the same cloth. A slightly irregular education. A different sort of professional background. An advocate for better, maybe not anonymous enough…someone with an opinion. The system, like any mature system, naturally … Continue reading

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The Crowded Boardroom: When the long tail collides with hierarchy – a true story.

This not a random picture, it is how I envision the government. Each ship is a department or agency. The ships have commanders with considerable authority. Communication at a distance is very bad, (they did it with flags). Groups of … Continue reading

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You can change culture now: 3 essential truths for public service leaders

Three profound truths that I discovered at a red light one day… Continue reading

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Good enough, is.

I have worked with government now for about 15 years and somewhere in that period I became infected with Public Service Renewal disease.  I call it that because that was I how I first learned to articulate it. But you … Continue reading

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January, 2014 Update

Some of the things I am involved with this quarter. 1. Leadership Summit 2014, February 25, Ottawa Canadian Government Executive Magazine and lead sponsor Adobe put on a very informative day last year, and I am looking forward to attending … Continue reading

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Colour me naive

This post originally appeared on the Canadian Government Executive Blog September 17,2013 You know, I have been around long enough to know better, but still choose to believe in stuff like Blueprint 2020, because change can’t happen unless we believe … Continue reading

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Hold your breath, it’s going to go deep.

December 2013 Update: The full paper is now available on the Articles page.  June 24, 2013 Update: Our paper submissions are complete, now I have to do is write the paper entitled: THE CROWDED BOARDROOM — WHEN THE LONG TAIL … Continue reading

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Q&A with Ina Parvanova

This is the third installment in our series of highlighting PSEngage Speakers. Ina Parvanova Public Affairs Director, at Mayo Clinic has extensive experience working in a fast paced environment. Ina started her career as a reporter, working for Reuters and Canadian … Continue reading

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PS Engage – Q&A with Andy Jankowski

This is the first in a series of guest posts by @IM4Ward, on behalf of the PS Engage planning committee. The PSEngage conference is happening November 22, 2011 and the line-up of speakers is great!  To give more insight to the knowledge and … Continue reading

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Letting go for high performance leadership

In Gov 2.0 circles I often hear that organizational culture needs to change. If you think about that you will realize that people need to change. If you think about that you will realize that you have to change.  Last … Continue reading

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