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Leveraging the power of LEAN in local government

Lean is not a new concept and Lean’s true beginnings are not agreed upon by scholars. Henry Ford is the most talked about pioneer of ...

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What gets measured gets done

It’s likely that we’ve all heard this before: “What gets measured, gets done.” This often-repeated maxim has, as its foundation, the basic principles of performance ...

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Six Canadian municipalities win national awards of excellence

Today, six Canadian municipalities have won national awards of excellence from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) in the areas of innovation, environment, and ...

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The struggle behind being liked: Why leaders should test their boundaries

Imagine you overhear a conversation about yourself where someone describes you as “nice” or “agreeable” or “likable.” How would you feel? Would you be pleased? ...

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How the legalization of recreational cannabis use will affect Canada’s municipalities

As a key pillar of its election platform for the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party, led by now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, promised to ...

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Rural Canada: Shaping the future

While rural communities help drive Canada's economy and play a vital role in nation building, their governments are facing formidable and unique challenges – specially ...

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Celebrating local change agents and heroes

Inspiring citizens to make a difference: Brett Culp offers emotionally moving documentaries for free community use In a world where negative stories dominate the news ...

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The new face of city leadership understands the value of collaboration

Canada is in the middle of a substantial transformation – possibly the most substantial transformation in all of Canadian history. According to the United Nations, ...

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New Smart Cities Challenge database provides a treasure trove of municipal insights

With over 125 submissions from almost 200 communities across Canada, the Smart Cities Challenge jurists will have their work cut out for them. Finalists will ...

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Who speaks for council?

I was asked recently about the legitimacy of a council member speaking to a community issue on which the council had not yet taken a ...

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