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Robert Sutton on "The business of being a boss"

Defintely worth a listen - Robert Sutton is an insightful observer and commentator on organisational issues, and is the author of the A.R.S.E (Asshole Rating Self-Exam) test. His observations on the significant and disproportionate negative impact of "jerk" behaviour on organisational performance have direct relevance for the APS and public sector organisations generally. ABC RN Background Briefing…See More
Jan 24, 2011
David Glynne Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service Social Manifesto'
"I think it might be appropriate if I moved this thread of the discussion across to the 'Heretical Thoughts' group - I don't want to cause unnecessary diversion from Steve's original post. However, in closing here I would just…"
Oct 19, 2010
David Glynne Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service Social Manifesto'
"Steve - I think your starting point, that public sector agencies are 'social entities', needs further serious consideration and examination. The strengthening evidence is that hierarchical bureaucracies are inherently…"
Oct 19, 2010
David Glynne Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service Social Manifesto'
"Re Darren's comment below, I'm currently writing to the cross-bench MPs to propose a 'new paradigm' approach to conducting the public policy conversation around the MDB Plan. I'll share with the group in the next day or…"
Oct 18, 2010
David Glynne Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service Social Manifesto'
"It's pretty simple - if there's no legislative, regulatory or budget imperative, and it's not in the performance agreements for agency heads and their senior executives, it ain't happening."
Oct 18, 2010
David Glynne Jones commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'Is the APS ready for the future?'
"Paul - thanks very much for your comments. The position I find that I've moved to on this issue is that the APS (and other government/public administrations) ultimately will have to move to non-bureaucratic modes of operation to get the job…"
Oct 11, 2010
David Glynne Jones commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'Is the APS ready for the future?'
"Steve - this brings us back to the point I made recently in another post - that the existing (hierarchical bureaucratic) system essentially opposes structural change at the system (agency or sub-agency) level - Le Chatelier's Principle is…"
Oct 7, 2010
steve davies commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'Is the APS ready for the future?'
"Hi David I get much the same response. Not that people are not up to it. The APS has talented people all over the shop. The constant hum is why it is so hard to get things done - let alone break with old practices that do not serve us well."
Oct 7, 2010
David Glynne Jones posted a blog post

Is the APS ready for the future?

The APS SOS survey addresses the question of whether or not the APS is ready for the future, but does it in a way that doesn't elicit a definitive response.The question I regularly ask my colleagues and contacts in and around the APS (at SES, EL and APS levels) is:"Do you believe the APS is capable of effectively addressing the policy tasks of the next decade in its current mode of operation?"The consistent answer, generally delivered without hesitation, is "NO". See More
Sep 29, 2010
Darron Passlow commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'APS Productivity'
"David You have now moved the problem into my area of expertise - asset management ('AM'). There are some simple rules that apply in AM. I will not bore you with these at the moment while I formulate an approach to this problem. What would…"
Sep 27, 2010
David Glynne Jones commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'APS Productivity'
"Darron - I should add that a critical key to getting effective control over the cost and effectiveness of data/information and reporting is to treat them as tangible assets (which they are). As outlined in my RAGA submission, my current estimate of…"
Sep 27, 2010
Darron Passlow commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'RAGA submission: An initiative for transformation of Australian Government Administration to meet the challenges of the 21st century'
"David Go for it. I am keen enough on the importance of "innovation" for change that I would join you. I will also put you in touch with a friend (colleague) Christopher Hire from 2ThinkNow. Chris and I will be discussing innovation and its…"
Sep 27, 2010
David Glynne Jones commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'RAGA submission: An initiative for transformation of Australian Government Administration to meet the challenges of the 21st century'
"Darron - thank you for your positive feedback and some very pertinent questions :) As you would expect I (and many other RAGA submission-makers) heard nothing substantive back from the RAGA (Moran) review process, and frankly didn't expect to.…"
Sep 27, 2010
David Glynne Jones commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'APS Productivity'
"Darron - essentially the 25% would come from implementing formal controls around data/information and reporting, currently consuming about 50% of all APS operational resources. My view is that a 20-25% reduction in data/information and reporting…"
Sep 27, 2010
Darron Passlow commented on David Glynne Jones's blog post 'RAGA submission: An initiative for transformation of Australian Government Administration to meet the challenges of the 21st century'
"David An important and bold contribution to the debate. I hope it gets the appropriate hearing. When and how does your thoughtful submission get assessed. When do you expect to hear something from the review process? Keep up the good work and I am…"
Sep 27, 2010
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Robert Sutton on "The business of being a boss"

Defintely worth a listen - Robert Sutton is an insightful observer and commentator on organisational issues, and is the author of the A.R.S.E (Asshole Rating Self-Exam) test.

 

His observations on the significant and disproportionate negative impact of "jerk" behaviour on organisational performance have direct relevance for the APS and public sector organisations generally.

 

ABC RN Background Briefing…

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Posted on January 24, 2011 at 8:27am

Is the APS ready for the future?

The APS SOS survey addresses the question of whether or not the APS is ready for the future, but does it in a way that doesn't elicit a definitive response.



The question I regularly ask my colleagues and contacts in and around the APS (at SES, EL and APS levels) is:



"Do you believe the APS is capable of effectively addressing the policy tasks of the next decade in its current mode of operation?"



The consistent answer, generally delivered without hesitation, is "NO".… Continue

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 11:58am — 3 Comments

RAGA submission: An initiative for transformation of Australian Government Administration to meet the challenges of the 21st century

A copy of my submission to the Reform of Australian Government Administration (Moran) Review is attached for information.



DGJ submission to RAGA v1.0.pdf



It proposes the establishment of a One-APS Capability Improvement Program (CIP) that would establish a consistent and coordinated approach to the direction,… Continue

Posted on September 24, 2010 at 11:06am — 3 Comments

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

This apocryphal quote from Albert Einstein is a nice way of stating Stafford Beer's cybernetic proposition that real systemic change can only be effected at the metasystem level - not within individual system 'boxes'.

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 8:16pm

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At 9:39am on June 29, 2010, Nerida Hart said…
Where are you working now? It is school holidays so I can do anything (please not early morning 8-))
At 8:20pm on June 24, 2010, Nerida Hart said…
Hi David
Would love to catch up - later next week works for me. Up until then I am booked out. Friday is best
Nerida
At 10:14am on December 7, 2009, K J Flanigan said…
Hi David

Hope some people get on board with the accommodation discussion. I come from a perspective where I think if we invested a little more in ensuring people's work environment engaged and motivated them ..... the increases seen in peformance would be great. I have often read and look at the google model. It get some bad press about encouraging workaholics but if these people are enjoying what thet are doing and not suffering from any stress or injuries from work ...what is the problem?

I should probably go post this on the discussion board - my fingers typed away on me!

Welcome
Cheers, Kylie
At 3:05pm on December 6, 2009, steve davies said…
Hi David

Thanks for joining us. Look forward to getting your views. Could not agree more about the democracy aspect.

Cheers - Steve
 
 
 

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