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There is no doubt that the challenges faced by governments are putting pressure on senior executives. A recent survey of members of the executive cadre in the federal government suggests that the challenge of change is having an impact on health and wellbeing.

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Month: July 2013

Who is in your talent pipeline? 

There is no doubt that the challenges faced by governments are putting pressure on senior executives. A recent survey of members of the executive cadre in the federal government suggests that the challenge of change is having an impact on health and wellbeing.

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Shared services in Australia: a case study 

Several state governments in Australia have attempted, with varying degrees of success, to implement shared services. In the past few years, the Australian media has reported extensively on their struggles: budgets blown, systems operating inefficiently, payroll debacles, and rumours of corruption in agencies.

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Recruiting the next generation 

There is no denying that today’s students are the future of the public service. The opportunities they are given now in the public service are essential to the future not only of Canada’s government, but of its society and economy as a whole.

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Virtual training for departments on a budget 

With cuts in budget, there has been a significant decrease in employee training and career development opportunities for public servants. The government must start looking at news ways of providing these opportunities to their employees without spending the money that is typically associated with such events.

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A Perfect Storm: Trust and capability in Canadian fighter procurement 

In the near future, the RCAF will release the recommendations of the commission established to revisit Canada’s Next Generation Fighter project. It is impossible to say with certainty what the findings of this will be, although it will not be surprising if the F-35 remains the preferred option for the air force.

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Capitalizing on the volunteer spirit 

The government of the United States of America is starting to look at volunteer work as a way to boost efficiency. Last week, the White House issued an executive order stating that government agencies must focus on improving their volunteer opportunities for citizens

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Dealing with distraction in the digital age 

PR Newswire contends that silent advertising is sometimes the best advertising: Nike’s ads, for example, are effective because they pique the interest of potential customers rather than overload the senses of their audience with flashy videos. They don’t tell the audience too much, but instead invite them to research the product at their own leisure.

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Prevention-focused people and risk aversion 

If there’s one thing we talk about all the time in government, it’s risk. And while we often bemoan the timidity of the public sector, and talk about creating a culture of risk in government, what we really want to know is: what are its limits and how can I “manage” it?

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Do shared services really save? 

As the concept of shared services grows ever more popular in organizations across the globe, their usefulness has become a point of contention for some critics. Shared services have seen success in some areas – Ontario and New Brunswick, for example – but in others, they have been less than effective.

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Steps for securing social media 

With the proliferation of social media, governments must ensure they’re taking the appropriate steps to secure their departmental accounts. Hacking, phishing, malware, and keystroke logging are all things that can wreak havoc not only on social media accounts, but on computers and other office hardware as well.

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