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Scripturient: The Leadership Crisis

In his latest book, The Leadership Crisis, Gord Hume defines seven characteristics – the Seven Cs – of great political leadership*. See how many you can recognize as attributes within our own council: Competencies, including people, organiz… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Leadership Crisis

Scripturient: Spotting incompetence

Further to my earlier post, I wanted to provide some tips on how to spot incompetence in an employee or, especially, in managers and executives. I understand that incompetence may be a subjective view. What some view as incompetence others may see as c… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Spotting incompetence

Scripturient: Peter, Parkinson and Adams

C. Northcote Parkinson, Lawrence J. Peter, and Scott Adams are for me the ‘holy trinity’ of philosophers of modern bureaucracy, within both the public service and the corporate structure. As philosophers, they are all keen observers and wi… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Peter, Parkinson and Adams

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on the leadership choices facing the federal and provincial NDP – and why neither should be too quick to assume that changing leaders will necessarily help to rebuild after election disappointments.For further reading…- I’ve d… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: On performance reviews

Following up on this post, I’ll weigh in with my own take on the federal NDP’s leadership review – based primarily on the question of what Tom Mulcair seems to have taken away from the 2015 federal election, and how it will position the party in the ye… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On performance reviews

Wise Law Blog: Leadership

What does it mean to be a leader?And what does true leadership in a law firm context really entail?Clearly, there is no “one size fits all” answer to these questions. Every leader’s approach and plan will necessarily vary, depending on circumstan… . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Leadership

Babel-on-the-Bay: Choosing a new leader for Canada’s Tories.

The date has been set: May 27, 2017. That is when the Conservative Party of Canada chooses a replacement for former leader Stephen Harper and Acting Leader Rona Ambrose. Looking for an abbreviation to use on the calendar, we call it ConCon. We have no idea where ConCon will be held or what form it […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Choosing a new leader for Canada’s Tories.

Scripturient: Why We Deserve a Permanent CAO

First, a little history. Back in the spring of 2012, Collingwood Council terminated the contract with Kim Wingrove, the CAO, according to the terms in the agreement. In her place, council appointed the CEO of Collus, Ed Houghton, as interim CAO. In add… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Why We Deserve a Permanent CAO

Accidental Deliberations: On threshold questions

Althia Raj is predictably dispensing Lib talking points about the potential outcomes of the NDP’s leadership review. So to set the record straight, let’s examine what the numbers actually mean.There’s exactly one threshold which produces a binding outc… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On threshold questions

Democracy Under Fire: An Antidote to Cynicism

I was not going to post my regular “Sunday Sermon” this week, little in the news having grabbed my attention but then I saw this thanks to Montreal Simon. It sums up my current feelings quite well so here are a couple of extracts from Heather Mal… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: An Antidote to Cynicism

Accidental Deliberations: On timing

Following up on the subject of the federal NDP’s leadership, I’ll note that the Edmonton convention won’t figure to be the only one before the next federal election – and that there might be a case to hold off for now.The NDP’s constitution provides fo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On timing

Accidental Deliberations: On organization

Given some of the odd twists and turns in Paul Wells’ latest piece on Tom Mulcair’s future, I’m hesitant to give too much credence to his unnamed sources. But to the extent it’s accurate, Wells’ take on the lack of much organization on any side of a le… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On organization

Democracy Under Fire: Goodby Harper, Hello Canada

I am going to be taking a short break from my weekly blogging over the holidays but before I do I wanted to write a little of my personal thoughts as to what I hope the new year will bring. I will admit to being very optimistic, perhaps too much so, … . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Goodby Harper, Hello Canada

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Here Is What A Great Leader Looks Like

Ashoka the Great, the most revered figure in Indian political history along with Mahatma Gandhi Once a great conqueror, ruling the greatest empire of ancient India, Ashoka swore off war and conquest, advocated and practised non-violence and compassion, established hospitals and veterinary clinics for people and animals, founded monasteries, colleges and universities, sent scholars and […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau’s Big Renovations and Small Stature

Justin Trudeau has said he refuses to move into the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive until it has a multi-million dollar renovation. I think Trudeau Jr.’s stature is not fitting of his position. He is Prime Minister, not king, emperor or tzar. He should not be so juvenile. David Suzuki was right, Justin […]

Democracy Under Fire: Democracy’s Future

After 5 years of writing about democracy’s decline and the impact of one particular individual had in that regard I am now faced with the question of ‘what do I write about now’. The choice is not hard for there is much to be done not only to return from where we came, but to move forward with improving our democratic systems and establish into law such systems so that they cannot again be twisted and ignored by future leaders and their followers.

A good place to start seems to be the Liberal platform on Democratic Reform which seems to (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate […]

Accidental Deliberations: #elxn42 Campaign Closer: Conservatives

With Canada’s election day looming tomorrow, I’ll take a quick look back at the campaign from the standpoint of each of the major parties.

Let’s start with the Cons – who haven’t exactly found an answer for the key problem they’ve faced from the start, but have managed to stay far closer in the race than they deserve by sidestepping it.

The Cons were never able to use their preferred plan to grind a primary opponent’s leader to dust due to the reality that they’ve had to account for two parties and leaders with more immediate appeal than they could (Read more…)

Democracy Under Fire: Party Platforms, some thoughts!

If the choice is between fixing the hole in the roof and remortgaging the house then the choice is obvious, particularly with the interest rates so low. Throwing a tarp over it and putting a bucket under the drips is not a long term viable solution, that for so many of us finding a job to even purchase a tarp is a major problem simply highlights the position we are in both individually and as a country. If the roof has been leaking for some time and just moving the buckets around as needed was the solution chosen then simply (Read more…)

Democracy Under Fire: Gob-smacking!

“It was possibly the most gob-smacking election launch in modern Canadian history.” So says much respected parliamentary reporter Susanna Kelley 

“The shockers began almost immediately after Stephen Harper announced he’d asked the Governor General to dissolve parliament and call an election for October 19 — at 78 days, it will be among the longest in Canadian history. “I feel very strongly … that … campaigns need to be conducted under the rules of the law. That the money come from the parties themselves, not from government resources, parliamentary resources or taxpayer resources,” he said. That statement came to the slack-jawed shock of every (Read more…)

Democracy Under Fire: National Televised Debate set for October.

The group of networks known as the broadcast consortium, including CBC News, has set the English-language debate for Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET, and the French-language debate for Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 8 to 10 p.m. ET…… despite an ongoing boycott by the Conservative Party. In a news release, the consortium which includes CTV News, Global News, Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec and CBC News, said the broadcasters maintain their invitation to the Conservative Party, who have thus far declined, to participate.

Some criticism has been heard regarding the time slot allocated, particularly from the western provinces where (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Abdicating Responsibility

Collingwood Council has, in its short time in office, abdicated much of its responsibility to the business of government and to the people of this town. Council has sloughed off the duties they were elected to shoulder with remarkable alacrity. Some of that responsibility landed on staff, who assumed control of the budget process and drive […]

Democracy Under Fire: The Debate about the Debate has started!

With the Conservatives quietly considering a proposal to hold up to five regional televised debates in the upcoming federal election to contrast Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s experience with rookie Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau the debate about the debates has started. Hoping to exploit Trudeau’s shoot-from-the-lip style, some Conservative insiders believe Harper could benefit from additional debates.

In my opinion that very much depends upon how much said leaders (particularly Harper) are held to account for untruths and inaccurate assertions & allegations. One way to see that such things do not go unchallenged is to ensure that the “Hardest Working MP” (Read more…)

atypicalalbertan: MY MLA? OL’ WHAZHIZFACE?

I have a question for you, dear reader. What factor was the biggest factor that drove your voting decision in the 2012 Alberta election? Did you base your vote on a platform, a leader, a party, a local candidate or was it a combination of two or more factors? The 2011 Canadian Election Study asked … Continue reading MY MLA? OL’ WHAZHIZFACE? . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: MY MLA? OL’ WHAZHIZFACE?