Category: Business Operations


Top 8 Reasons Why Workplaces Need Millennials

Every generation has faced its mountain of criticism and negative stereotyping. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the millennial generation (approx. age 16-34) is no different.  This criticism seems to reach new heights when the generation clash occurs within the workplace.  This is nothing new as the value of ‘experience’ usually clashes with the value of ‘new ways of doing things’. read more

Leaders and Managers

I’ve done a lot of reading and have had many conversations with colleagues over the years about the key competencies that shape great leaders and managers.   In our transformation projects with the Government of Canada (GC), I’ve also acquired appreciable experience interacting with leaders and managers right across the board in policy, program, business line and enabling service areas.

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Applying the Lean for the Public Sector Certificate in my daily work

I recently completed a Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector at the University of Ottawa (which has now changed to the Certificate in Lean Management). The certificate consists of five courses focused on problem solving using scientific approaches, establishing proper support for the project, tools to ensure successful implementation and an elective course on leading through transition.

After each completed course (spread across 10 months), I noticed some gaps between what I was learning and what I was experiencing in my daily work. Here are some of my main observations: read more

On the road to success, what drives innovation?

Takeaways from DPI conference talk with Michele Romanow, entitled Getting to Success: Embracing Change, Encouraging Disruption, and Incentivizing Innovation.

I recently had the pleasure of attending DPI’s annual 3-day Professional Development Week conference here in Ottawa.  This training event welcomes approximately 1,000 professionals from the private and public sector who are passionate about self-development.  The conference was kicked off with a keynote address on innovation, presented by Michele Romanow, successful tech entrepreneur, where she discussed her viewpoints on embracing change and fostering innovation.

I’d like to share my three key takeaways from her presentation on how to achieve success when everything tries to stand in your way.
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The Case for Business Process Management

We’ve seen a clear trend on many of our service design projects. Everybody is talking about the importance of adopting a client-centric approach. It makes sense, after all, to position the client at the centre of our service design efforts.  But doesn’t it also make sense to include Business Process Management (BPM) in our early planning activities? read more

Clear(er) Accountability: 4 Key Takeaways from the Policy on Results so far…

Treasury Board Canada’s Policy on Results (published July 2016) is intended to shift how departments report on, and communicate, progress and their value to Canadians, the country, and the world at large. The structure of the new Policy on Results (including the new Departmental Results Framework and Program Information Profiles) provides an opportunity to link spending to real (read: tangible) results in a way that the previous structure didn’t accomplish.

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