Category Archives: Positive Change

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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The sausage and the salad

Traditional government policy results in sausages. Open policy making produces salads. Continue reading

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Government as a platform eh?

I came across this draft post from when I attended the 2009 Gov2.0 Summit in Washington.  It was just after Obama became President and the excitement in the air was like that in Ottawa recently with our new Prime Minister.  Reading it … 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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Three words for the season

This holiday season I would like to share a song with you from a band that my teenage son introduced to me to. It is certainly not a Christmas song, but I think the sentiment is one that is appropriate. … 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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Would you attend a Chatham House party for Blueprint 2020?

UPDATE, August 1, 2013 A total of 36 people signed up for invitations. We are now coordinating times and such. The next update will be a blog post after the event is held. UPDATE, July 29, 2013 We have reached … Continue reading

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Three truths to help you change the culture of the Public Service

This is one of two posts for the GTEC 2013 blog series where we are exploring what it means to be an Agile, Open, Collaborative and Mobile Government. My focus will be on the Cultural, Organizational and Policy Infrastructure that … Continue reading

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