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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…Continue
Added by steve davies on March 26, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by steve davies on March 22, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by steve davies on March 19, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
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…
Added by steve davies on March 15, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by steve davies on March 15, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…
Added by steve davies on March 1, 2012 at 9:07am — No Comments