Archive for January, 2009

A photo of Kevin Lynch you wouldn't see unless you caught it in the Ottawa Citizen

A photo of Kevin Lynch you wouldn't see unless you caught it in the Ottawa Citizen

If you’re like me and you just adore news aggregators, you very likely have news alerts set up to help you with your media scans (or environmental scans). I’ve found them valuable to be informed of any news from the Privy Council Office (PCO), who set the overall direction and priorities for the whole public service, and especially speeches from the head of public service, Kevin Lynch.

This hasn’t worked too well. › Continue reading…

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"Past Future View": I do believe this is what the Government had set out to eventually have as our future workplace.

I’ve bit off more than I could chew

2nd week with the blog and I thought I could post <1000 words on the GOC Workplace 2.0. I duped myself.

I should’ve had a much better idea what I was getting into when starting my research and informal dialogues about what people think is the Workplace 2.0 of the Government of Canada. My guest public-servant philosophers offered soundbites of 30 seconds before diverging into the limiting factors that make any scenario all but impossible. Although I elaborated my project scope for this posting that only after we illustrate the final goal would we discuss the intermediary steps, it became clear, somewhat, that the GOC Workplace 2.0 seems much too dependant on external factors to be even imaginable. Either that or my guest philosophers were a humble, uncreative bunch.

I see the value in these insights. Although there are common threads  across the Canadian public service (such as the policies, the Ottawa-centric decision-making, hierarchy), there are far too many differing factors that make it difficult to imagine the next GOC Workplace, let alone even the current one.

Simply, I don’t see the workplace of the Government of Canada evolving across the board until a new or updated governance model is in place. But I do see 3 factors driving that change. › Continue reading…

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Housecleaning post

homePosting frequency:

I suppose it’s clear from the past 2 weeks that this is a weekly blog, with a post (at least) every Wednesday. I have a few posts ready to get out there, and there have been some interesting developments lately that necessitate more-than-regular postings, but I wanted to make sure my next post was starting a discussion about “Workplace 2.0″, following up on last week’s post. This and working on the wiki (to be more formally launched maybe next week) ensured that there would be no post until the 1-week mark. So, here it is…right after (or ‘above’) this post.

My minimum for a benchmark is to be able to keep up with Etienne Laliberté’s blog (let’s see if he notices this blurb!) – if I can keep up with him, then I know I’m doing something right.

Blog promotion:

I’m still doing a rolling promotion of the blog, spreading the word to those close and dear. I will want to spread the word out more as I have more posts. Not that I’m new to blogging, I first blogged back in June 2004, but the flavour to this one is quite different.

So far my only outlets to promote the site have been:

  • 5 people at work
  • 4 family members
  • 3 friends
  • 2 pets (they weren’t even mine)
  • 1 committee meeting chairperson

I have also spread the word over my friend list on Facebook. Thanks Maral for your continued guidance, and pointing me to Facebook Connect.

I can’t say marketing is my forté, and I shouldn’t wait indefinitely until things are perfect either (like a typical public servant), but I should be moving along promoting the word.

Wiki pre-launch:

I’ve put the link to the Wiki in the sidebar. I still have to develop it quite a bit, and prune the content and so forth, and migrate the content (lots of PDF files of my sources, which I will have to do almost manually). As that is done more, with the rest of the administrative and technical tasks of setting up a blog and wiki, I’ll be more ready to promote the site and (hopefully) post more often. Now to prioritize.

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