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In light of the announcement last week of the retirement from public service after 37 years of the Clerk of the Privy Council, we return to an interview with Wayne Wouters in the fall of 2011. Pre Blueprint 2020, he spoke with editor Toby Fyfe about the qualities of leadership required for the modern public service.

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Month: August 2014

Modern leadership: agile, adept and collaborative 

In light of the announcement last week of the retirement from public service after 37 years of the Clerk of the Privy Council, we return to an interview with Wayne Wouters in the fall of 2011. Pre Blueprint 2020, he spoke with editor Toby Fyfe about the qualities of leadership required for the modern public service.

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A partisan public service? 

“Do you believe public servants are too politicized?” This was the question we asked in our CGE summer poll. We asked it because this issue is one of the key questions being asked as the public service continues to evolve and transform to meet new challenges.

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The Right Stuff: Competency frameworks 

Competencies are the behaviours that enable organizations to attain their strategic objectives. Along with trust, competence is integral to horizontal goal-setting approaches in public service motivation. To be successful, leaders need to know the corporate culture and continuously improve upon their general management capabilities.

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How to make partnerships work 

You sometimes wonder why government can’t be better at just getting things done. David Frum recently noted that before the Second World War LaGuardia Airport was built in 24 months, whereas today a New York railway station is now six years behind schedule and still building...

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So, what do you do? 

Our jobs can define us, and this can be dangerous. I first learned this a few years ago while on secondment to the National Managers’ Community (NMC).

So, what do you do? 

New Acquaintance: “Hi, I’m Bob. Pleased to meet you. What do you do?” You: “I’m a public servant/executive/lawyer/manager. What about…

How to beat the talent crunch 

There's a cloud looming over public sector employers in Canada. Baby boomers are set to leave the workforce en masse in coming years ...

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