Posts Tagged: culture-change

Organizational Culture Change: Understanding Your Culture

The verdict is in. We are living in an age of disruption; an information revolution, which most economists agree is as profound and disruptive as the agricultural and industrial revolutions. In his new book Thank you for Being Late Thomas Friedman refers to this as an “age of accelerations” in which markets, Mother Nature, and technology are… Read more »

Used to be a public servant, took an arrow to the knee

Don’t worry if you don’t immediately recognize the verbiage, “taking an arrow to the knee” is an internet meme popularized by the action/role-playing video game Skyrim. In Skyrim … … the town guard non-player characters (NPCs) have several stock lines they repeat when the player walks near them, including a bewildered statement about “curved swords”,… Read more »

Does the public service need more free radicals?

A Manifesto for Free Radicals by Scott Belsky is nothing short of awesome. It certainly has inspired me – and clarified many of my observation about the public service. Ok. I’ve put together this post based on my experiences here in Australia. But how does the public service in your part of the world measure… Read more »

“Use the Culture, Luke!” Why Organizational Culture is like the Force

Recently, there has been a good amount of discussion on GovLoop about culture in the government agencies. I am hopeful that we continue the discussion because I fervently believe that cultural change is the key to fully realizing openness in local, state, and Federal governments. Maybe 2012 will be the Year of Culture as we… Read more »

Friday Fab 5: Zen, Shakespeare, and Why Librarians Are the Secret Masters of the Universe

It’s been a busy week for many, but it’s time to kick off your shoes, relax, and enjoy the… Friday Fab 5! That wonderful time of the week when we take a look back at a few of the communities accomplishments. The Most Commented Blog of the Week goes to Jolie Lee and her post… Read more »

Elephant in the Room? “Culture” and Social Media uptake in the Public Sector

The last few weeks I was at a couple of government-focused social media events, one in person (Gov 2.0 Expo) and one virtually (GovCamp). They were both really good and provided a lot of value I think. There were some similarities in the events, through a recurring theme. Specifically, everyone (ok, well most everyone) in… Read more »

It’s a culture sort of thing

March 2010 Martin Stewart-Weeks gave a presentation to the New Media Group, Victorian Government entitled Getting Under the Skin of Government 2.0 – Issues, Insights and Implications Martin’s presentation, similar to the Australia’s Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report and the reports on innovation in the Australian Public Service and the work of the Reform Group highlighted… Read more »

Culture Change in Government (the blog series)

One of the most daunting challenges in Open Government will be in tackling cultural resistance. Culture is hard to define and see, and yet it’s effects can be profound and often frustrating. In January, I introduced the topic of culture and its many dimensions, citing insights of several Organizational Development (“OD”) thought leaders to help… Read more »