March 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Innovation. Just a matter of being a bit sociable? (above the radar)

Have you tried to converse with the guys at Innovation.govspace about Ideas for the Public sector?

I thought this time we we're going to have a chance of changing the Aussie.gov culture, via a quiet conversation (above the radar). But no. I tried sending this one in response to Alex's first reply. They've put the spam filter on my email address. I don't get angry about Canberrian culture…

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Added by simonfj on March 29, 2012 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

The Rise of Digital Influence - The Imperative for Public Service Reform

A very interesting "how-to" guide from Brian Solis on the rise of digital influence. While it does focus on the dynamic between business and consumers the thoughts and lessons are relevant to the public service. In particular, the point…

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Added by steve davies on March 26, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Malcolm Turnbull on Gov 2.0

Malcolm Turnbull's speech to the Australian Computer Society outlining his Gov 2.0 Vision is well worth a read. As some people have tweeted "Turnbull gets it". But let's not forget the brilliant work of Kate Lundy and Lindsay…

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Added by steve davies on March 23, 2012 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

FOI Update 2 : The Taxation Office's views start to emerge

The purpose of this post is to provide a further update my post entitled FOI Update : The Pro Disclosure Culture of the Australian Taxation Office.

 

In the interest of being open about freedom of information requests it is appropriate to share what appears to be the emerging position of the Taxation Office concerning the request to release the results of…

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Added by steve davies on March 22, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FOI Update : The Pro Disclosure Culture of the Australian Taxation Office

This may be regarded by some as one of my more controversial posts. After a lot of thought and conversation I have decided to go ahead and publish this post. I decided to so as I do not believe it is right for public sector agencies to hide information concerning their organisational health from the public.

 

I also do not believe it is right for agencies to take an extremely controlling approach to releasing information to their own staff. The level of paranoia emanating from…

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Added by steve davies on March 21, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Public service innovation - No straight lines

To introduce this post on No straight lines I want to take you on a journey. That's on the basis that to know where we are and where we are heading we actually need to know where we've been. Due to the nature of the work I've been involved in for the past nineteen years I'm well placed to take you on this journey.

 

For a long time I've expressed the view that the way in which the majority of Australian Public Service agencies manage innovation and change itself is based…

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Added by steve davies on March 19, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Public Sector Innovation: The View from Torquay

 Interesting quote from Professor Peter Shergold 

The bad news for public servants is that sometimes the barriers seem overwhelming. I remember the problems all too well. Even those in situational authority find themselves, most days, having to react to large and small political crises, ensuring that the machinery of government keeps running smoothly, and focussed on Parliamentary accountability and the relentless scrutiny of the media. The default position is to avoid…

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Added by steve davies on March 15, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Abusive management and organisational health are 24/7 issues

I have recently been provided with anecdotal information suggesting that the performance development and management processes of some Australian Public Service agencies are being used to manage staff ‘out the door’.

 

This does not surprise me. After all, agencies are faced with shedding staff, the goal posts on performance and responsibility are being shifted and managers are faced with making ‘tough’ decisions.

 

What appears to be happening is that the goal…

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Added by steve davies on March 15, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

The paranoia that will 'shut' government

The Canberra Times kindly published an article of mine in the Public Sector Informant magazine. The informant itself is not available on line so I've provided it in pdf below.

 

You sometimes hear people complain about how the press alters the what they say and that the intended meaning gets lost.The editor of the Informant Markus Mannheim was fantastic to deal with and made some tweaks that really added value.…

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Added by steve davies on March 7, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The Helsinki Group's Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans

Some of my colleagues and friends think I can be a little crazy at times. I freely admit that - it's just me.

 

Cetaceans are very much part of the social and political landscape in Australia. The slaughter of whales and abuse of dolphins is something the majority of Australians are disgusted with. Consequently, the Helsinki Group's Declaration is something the…

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Added by steve davies on March 1, 2012 at 9:07am — No Comments

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