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Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'It would be wonderful if . . .'
"It's interesting about the increasing hierarchy and the greater reliance on power. The more the APS is run according to command and control, the more a post of David Yamada's blog kind of makes sense for me:   UC-Berkeley…"
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Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'It would be wonderful if . . .'
"Agree that inspiration is needed. The policeman 'let's be critical rather than creative' approach to work is pervasive not just in ATO HR but also its management.  "
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Brendan Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'It would be wonderful if . . .'
"In all the private sector companies I've worked, I've never seen anything like I've seen with the Commonwealth pubic service.It's atrocious. Any company run like this would go bankrupt.And even in the less well-run companies…"
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It would be wonderful if . . .

Here we are with an Australian Public Service characterised by abuses of power underpinned by corrupt and corrupting practices. And what are we seeing as we hurtle towards 2015? More of the same.The response to cut backs in the public service is:More management. Especially, performance management.More leadership. Not to mention endless leadership and management training.More red tape in the form of work level…See More
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Andrew Hooley commented on steve davies's blog post 'Canberra Times smear job?'
"A pertinent question for any journalist to ask of Comcare would be: "How may serious breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act within the Public Service has Comcare successfully prosecuted to date?" Indeed, how may investigations has…"
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"Steve, now you know why in general I lack respect for these mainstream journalists.  Good post and exposure."
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Canberra Times smear job?

Yesterday my email erupted over a Canberra Times piece Don't laugh Australia, you're paying for it. It was written by the columnist Sam de Brito. To get a broader feel for Sam's work visit the…See More
Nov 19
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"Thanks Steve, But I will continue to be hard on MSM journalists because I find them utterly hopeless and by reason, complicit in the destruction of the rights of the citizenry. They have a duty as professional journalists to GET INFORMED and report…"
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steve davies commented on Cheryl Peters's blog post 'Age discrimination in the workplace'
"Shit Brendan. I nearly  choked on my coffee! Cheryl - Anecdotal information suggests that older workers are being squeezed out because they tend to ask critical question. Conversely, they are then replaced with younger employees who, being…"
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"Steve, thanks, but I'm confused: Gary Kurzer has withdrawn his claim against the ATO. Is this an old video?  Anyway, the MSM is shamefully lazy. There is a far bigger story than what is the veneer, ergo, the BILLION DOLLAR industry…"
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News report by Catalina Florez Political Reporter TEN Network. In this report Joanne Hambrook and Gary Kurzer reveal the financial and non-financial harm cau...
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Brendan Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service Social Media Revolution'
"@Steve> And the point is this. To build an open and engaged culture within the Tax Office and across the pubic service there is an urgent need to build a wide and deep social media capability among all employees. That starts with empowerment and…"
Nov 4
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Australian Public Service Social Media Revolution

There is nothing like a protracted DIY and Bunnings project to get you focused on practicalities. This one dragged me away from Ozloop for a while. But, hey, nothing like a  bit of distance to restore perspective.The Australian Public Service has embraced social media, there is no censorship and intimidation of pubic servants, open data shows how open the pubic service really is and pigs fly.That's right folks. Throw in some open data and a plethora of Twitter and Facebook accounts and the…See More
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ACTKM14 Conference - Creating Value from Your Information and Knowledge

Are you passionate about how organisations learn, develop and are managed?I am excited to be presenting at the IIM National Conference in Canberra on the 27-28 October. My experiential workshop is on empowering open government.The proposition I will be putting forward is that at the federal level in Australia the political and…See More
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APS silence is not golden

On 6 October Michaela Banerji - the public servant unjustifiably hounded out of her job for posting anonymously as a private citizen - sent a submission to the Australian Public Service Commission to assist them with their work concerning the disclosure of the outcomes of misconduct complaints.Michaela prefaced her submission with the following points:The commission cited a recent case where the Immigration Department was found to have hidden behind “classic Yes Minister speak” over a complaint…See More
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Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'APS Misconduct - Putting the public first'
"Thanks Brendan.  I agree with your observations about politicians and senior bureaucrats.  It is easier to thread a camel through the eye of a needle than to get politicians make them face justice for their corrupt practices,…"
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Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Further update: Despite the seriousness of the offence, (a hate crime), together with the reassurance that the ATO may refer the matter to the cops, neither the Feds nor any other cops have been called in.  The "investigation" is…"
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Founder of OZloop. Former public servant. Left at the end of 2011 as I concluded that more public service can be done outside the Australian Public Service due to the damage being done to the public service - and many dedicated and progressive individual staff - by managerialism and corporate spin.
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It would be wonderful if . . .

Here we are with an Australian Public Service characterised by abuses of power underpinned by corrupt and corrupting practices. And what are we seeing as we hurtle towards 2015? More of the same.

The response to cut backs in the public service is:

  • More management. Especially, performance management.

  • More leadership. Not to mention endless leadership and management training.

  • More red tape in the form…
Continue

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

Canberra Times smear job?

Yesterday my email erupted over a Canberra Times piece Don't laugh Australia, you're paying for it. It was written by the columnist Sam de Brito. To get a broader…

Continue

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Australian Public Service Social Media Revolution

There is nothing like a protracted DIY and Bunnings project to get you focused on practicalities. This one dragged me away from Ozloop for a while. But, hey, nothing like a  bit of distance to restore perspective.

The Australian Public Service has embraced social media, there is no censorship and intimidation of pubic servants, open data shows how open the pubic service really is and pigs fly.

That's right folks. Throw in some open data and a plethora of Twitter…

Continue

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

ACTKM14 Conference - Creating Value from Your Information and Knowledge

Are you passionate about how organisations learn, develop and are managed?

I am excited to be presenting at the IIM National Conference in Canberra on the 27-28 October. My experiential workshop is on empowering open government.

The proposition I will be putting forward is…

Continue

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:48am

APS silence is not golden

On 6 October Michaela Banerji - the public servant unjustifiably hounded out of her job for posting anonymously as a private citizen - sent a submission to the Australian Public Service Commission to assist them with their work concerning the disclosure of the outcomes of misconduct complaints.

Michaela prefaced her submission with the following points:

  • The commission cited a recent case where the Immigration Department was found to have hidden behind…
Continue

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 10:10am

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At 6:16pm on March 21, 2014, Sarah said…

Hi Steve.  Thanks for your note. Bbbrrrr is my answer.  Just here to observe and learn.

At 7:15pm on September 27, 2013, Anna Sundin said…
Thank you Steve. Just fron the quick browse I've had there are many interesting and relatable discussion topics on this site. Lots of reading to do!
At 2:02pm on July 16, 2013, Miguel Carrasco said…

Thanks Steve - Things are going very well. We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of BCG in Boston. Look forward  to the networking and discussions on this forum. cheers Miguel

At 10:02pm on March 12, 2013, Johnny said…

I feel like I'm on a treadmill out the door. And yes the default position is to support the manager. HR even wrote it in an email when I complained about the unfairness of a particular decision.

I've asked certain members of the team who have been impacted to also make a complaint. If at least four or five people make a complaint about their treatment it would provide a strong position. However the whole team is scared to bits and everyone has refused.

Many thanks for your support.

At 12:06pm on March 12, 2013, Johnny said…

Hi Steve, many thanks for your comment.

I have received a contact from APS Dignity. The scope is wider than HR but HR are facilitating matters by supporting the managers and refusing to resolve any complaints. Its incredible the way they seek to minimise and reframe matters. All I want is a straight answer and an apology!

At 1:27pm on March 11, 2013, Zira said…
Thanks for the welcome,interesting site,have passed it on to others,whose lives are being screwed by the wonderful world of oz public service,although its more a "oh my goodness,thats what happens here" than how to beat the bastards.But at least its good to know we arent alone in our dilemma.Again thanks
At 9:42am on December 14, 2012, Deep S said…

Thanks Steve.

 

At 11:54am on December 9, 2012, Anthony Peterson said…

Thanks for the welcome Steve. I'm keen to learn from others with more experience at navigating the APS culture. Cheers, Anthony

At 10:21pm on September 8, 2012, gerard crewdson said…

Thanks Steve -It is an excellent site

At 11:00am on May 9, 2012, Evelyn said…

Thanks Steve.  The site looks great. Did not know it existed until I tried Twitter.  

Cheers

Evelyn

 
 
 

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