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As we move into 2015 – with a looming federal election and a first annual report on progress on implementation of Blueprint 2020 (now Destination 2020) – it is appropriate to reflect upon the future state of the public service in Canada, and consider what might result from this major change agenda.

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Month: February 2015

Evaluating Destination 2020: How will we know when we get there? 

As we move into 2015 – with a looming federal election and a first annual report on progress on implementation of Blueprint 2020 (now Destination 2020) – it is appropriate to reflect upon the future state of the public service in Canada, and consider what might result from this major change agenda.

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Tailoring leadership programs for developing governments 

Designing, developing and delivering tailor-made leadership programs for developing governments is a delicate and intense endeavor that unavoidably becomes a journey. It is a fundamental challenge for the success of any government transformation, but it is worth every effort.

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Political leadership: Sir John A. led the way 

Last month, Canadians observed the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Alexander Macdonald, our first prime minister. I did three things the weekend of that anniversary to mark the occasion.

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Leader as servant: The power of reflection 

Humility is a core trait of leaders who, like Gandhi, see themselves as humble servants. These leaders do not lack confidence but value collaboration. They know their own strengths and weaknesses and empathize and connect with others to build talented teams and productive organizations.

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To collaborate or to control, that’s the hub of it 

Innovation (design or change) labs are the hottest thing in government. They offer opportunities to experiment with collaborative ways to speed up decision-making and take advantage of new sources of information. Design labs were started in the U.K. with the Behavioural Insights Team and have spread to other governments.

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One step at a time 

In April 2014 the Environics Institute and the Institute on Governance surveyed Canadian attitudes toward major Canadian institutions. Not being an actual institution, public procurement was not mentioned: that was nice, because it was not pilloried yet again.

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Building a lasting Games legacy 

On a cold, grey Sunday afternoon last November, about 2,500 residents and representatives of local sport organizations lined up outside the Atos Markham Pan Am/Parapan Am Centre in Unionville, Ontario, for the official opening of a new community recreation facility...

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