Probing the Bureaucratic Mind: about Canadian federal executives This short book reports on interviews with senior Canadian executives revealing weaknesses in their capabilities to respond effectively to current challenges calling for coping, engaging, collibrating, and reframing. 

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Information about the authors:


Gilles Paquet


Ruth Hubbard

 

Table of contents

Introduction

 Beyond the traditional clichés

The rise of network governance

The federal bureaucracy under siege

                                                The process

                                                The outcome: probing a mindset

                                               

            Chapter 1                   Cat’s cradling: the capacity to cope

                                                            A syncretic view of each theme discussed

                                                                        Contextual issues

Diversity

Security

Ethics

Disloyalty

                                                                        Organizational culture and new governance tools

                                                                                    Corporate culture

The Gomery world

Public-private partnerships

Partitioning anew the federal public service

A personal distillation of what we learned

                                                                        The decline of open critical thinking

                                                                        Lack of gumption

                                                                        Paradoxes, neuroses and willful blindness

                                                            Conclusion

                                                            Annex: Basic documentation for each session

                                                                                               

            Chapter 2                   Cat’s eyes: the capacity to engage intelligently

                                                            A syncretic view of each theme discussed

                                                                        Intelligent accountability

                                                                        Intelligent regulation

                                                                        Intelligent organizational design

                                                                        Intelligent public service

                                                            A personal distillation of what we learned

A cautionary statement

Somebody is in charge and it is not me

Déformation professionnelle

Cognitive dissonance

The presence of latent fear

                                                            Conclusion

                                                            Annex: Basic documentation for each session

                                                                                                                       

            Chapter 3       Not in the catbird seat: the capacity to collibrate

A syncretic view of each theme discussed

                                                                        Perverse incentives

                                                                                    Rewarding failure and deception

                                                                                    Punishing success

                                                                                    Positive discrimination

                                                                                    Failure to confront

                                                                        Pathologies and challenges

Quantophrenia

                                                                                    Performance review

                                                                                    Speaking truth to power

                                                                                    What role for cities in public governance?

A personal distillation of what we learned

Moral vacancy

Crippling epistemologies

Risk aversion and fear of experimentation

Conclusion

                                                            Annex: Basic documentation for each session

 

            Chapter 4                   The unwisdom of cats: the capacity to reframe

                                                            A syncretic view of each theme discussed

                                                                        The political-bureaucratic interface

                                                                        Federal public service as a nexus of moral contracts

                                                                        From leadership to stewardship

                                                                        Deputy Minister: then, now and in the future

A personal distillation of what we learned

Difficulty in thinking about systems

Experts can’t learn …

A tiny bit of intellectual nonchalance

Conclusion

                                                            Annex: Basic documentation for each session

Conclusion

Four layers of capabilities

A syndrome … tentatively

Cosmology-less wayfinding

The way out and forward … a catwalk

Toward a new covenant through a new inquiring system

One starting point

In summary

 

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