Weekly Roundup – January 31

It’s the last day of January! Our summit is less than a month away. We’ve had some interesting stories about Blueprint 2020 – which is the theme of our summit – this week. If you’ve missed any of them, look no further; we have them all here. How is the Blueprint 2020 process different from past initiatives that had the same outcome in mind? Ken Rasmussen, professor of public administration at the...

Shared Services Canada takes next step in email consolidation

In ICT On January 31, 2014 0 742 0

In August 2013, Shared Services Canada (SSC) posted a notice on Public Works stating that it was looking for a supplier for an Enterprise Email Message Classification Software Solution (EEMCSS). The request was part of SSC’s Email Transformation Initiative…...

Red flags appearing in ethics regime

Why talk about ethics at all right now? After all, Canada’s public service is arguably fully focused on undergoing another round of transformational changes, including Blueprint 2020, realignment of service delivery approaches (such as with Shared Services Canada), operating budget cuts, and a potentially fundamental reorientation of its human resources/labour relations legislative and policy regimes....

Lead like a SEAL

The dramatic clandestine rescues by Navy SEALs and their daring raid on Osama Bin Laden’s lair may make their work seem a world apart from that of government executives. But in their 2003 book Leadership Lessons of the Navy SEALs, advertising executive Jeff Cannon and his brother, Lt. Cmdr. Jon Cannon…...

Behavioural science and Blueprint 2020

In Renewal On January 29, 2014 0 629 0

If you’ve read Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, you know that the idea of using behavioural economics to influence how citizens act is probably the hottest thing going in public policy circles. Simply put, organizations use “choice architecture” as part of a decision-making environment they want....

The (Dis)assembly Line: Lessons From the Past on Collaborative Productivity

In CGE Blog On January 29, 2014 0 587 0

I recently read Matt Charlet’s blog post(1) in which he writes that collaborative productivity is increasingly important. Charlet explains that “ten years ago, 78 percent of an employee’s impact on functional or business unit performance came from their individual task performance and only 22 percent came from network performance. Today, the breakdown is 51 percent...

Mobile security: Accept no compromise

In ICT On January 28, 2014 0 603 0

Over the last few months there has been tremendous speculation in the media surrounding leaks from the National Security Agency. The ongoing worldwide commentary, including in Canada, has shined a light on how thoroughly governments collect information from their citizens and generated a debate about personal privacy....

Summit Speaker Profile: Dr. David Ulrich

In CGE Blog On January 28, 2014 0 761 0

Canadian Government Executive is pleased to have Dr. David Ulrich, one of the world’s most distinguished management thought leaders, as the keynote speaker at our Leadership Summit on February 25. Dr. Ulrich, a Professor at the University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, will be discussing The Leadership Code and what leaders...

Blueprint 2020: New process, same destination

In Renewal On January 27, 2014 0 683 0

Blueprint 2020 follows similar efforts of previous Clerks who were trying to build a “modern” public service, less bound by rules and more attentive to personal responsibility, relying on frontline workers to elaborate and implement the details of broad polices....

C4ISR and Beyond: CGE’s Sister Summit Success

In CGE Blog On January 27, 2014 0 1.4K 0

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and defence industry gathered at the Ottawa Convention Centre for Vanguard magazine’s first C4ISR summit – C4ISR being the defence industry’s acronym for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. The summit was intended to encourage meaningful dialogue within the larger C4ISR community, from...