MySchool News - June 2016

MySchool News – June 2016

MySchool News is your source for the latest news and information about upcoming courses, events and other learning activities offered by the School.


GCcampus: The School's new learning application

GCcampus, the School's new learning application, has been officially launched to all public servant communities. GCcampus offers a broad range of learning opportunities at no cost to learners. Whether you are looking for online or in-class courses, events or seminars, videos or job aids, this accessible new platform has resources that fit your needs.

Learning opportunities are easy to find on GCcampus. You can browse the catalogue by topic, community, program and type of learning opportunity.

GCcampus is personalized for you. Under My Learning, you will find your personal learning history at the School, including courses and events you have registered for, those you have completed and your certifications. You can also receive personalized recommendations of learning opportunities based on your interests using My Picks.

GCcampus is available anytime, anywhere. All Government of Canada employees have access. This way, you can get the formal or informal training you need where and when you need it—in the office, at home or on the road.

To get started, create a profile or log in using your Canada School of Public Service MyAccount username and password.

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Empowering young public servants: Special event with the Prime Minister

On June 13, National Public Service Week kicked off with an opportunity for employees across Canada to hear from the top levels of the public service and the government.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Scott Brison, Minister Maryam Monsef and Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council, all shared reflections and answered questions through a nationwide webcast entitled "Empowering Young Public Servants." They spoke frankly and enthusiastically about public servants' ability to drive change, the importance of diversity at every level and the power of millennials as a generation.

All of the morning's speakers acknowledged the grim events of the preceding few days around the world, emphasizing the urgency and scale of the challenges that lie ahead for Canada. It will take a world-class public service, as Scott Brison said, to take on an environment that's more complex than ever. They challenged public service employees to use their extensive resources and opportunities to make a real difference—an ability that is both a great privilege and a great responsibility.

"'Better is always possible' is not just a campaign slogan," the Prime Minister said. He encouraged all employees to live this outlook every day in striving for better service to Canadians. The supposed apathy of youth, he explained, is borne of frustration. Public service renewal is a matter of creating an environment where young public servants can apply their education, their technological savvy and their dedication.

From left: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board; Maryam Monsef, Minister for Democratic Institutions; and Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council.

The Clerk, who described himself as "an unapologetic baby boomer," urged public servants to get involved and to "lean in" in preparation for leadership roles, emphasizing the School's resources as valuable tools in this process. He reminded participants that the government is facing a significant demographic shift: "Are you ready to step in and lead in the public service?"

Maryam Monsef, the youngest minister in Parliament, recommended that young public servants seek the support and encouragement of mentors as they pursue leadership—and that they take on mentorship roles in their turn. "You will be that someone for someone else," she pointed out.

Lisa Sullivan, National Chair of the Federal Youth Network, shares a question from Twitter.

Throughout the event, participants were encouraged to contribute their thoughts through Twitter, using #LeadersGC and #NPSW, and to keep the conversation going across organizations and social media platforms.

Timeless principles meet the 21st century at the Manion Lecture

A prestigious annual event for 25 years, the Manion Lecture has continued to grow and innovate in 2016, balancing time-honoured experience with renewal and modernization.

Registration for seats at the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of History filled quickly, and hundreds more signed up to tune in by webcast. Along with senior leaders and academics, the audience included members of the National Managers' Community and the Federal Youth Network, as well as many employees who were attending the event for the first time.

Drawing this large, diverse audience was featured speaker Dick Pound, a renowned international leader whose varied career has ranged from Olympic athlete to tax litigation lawyer to executive roles with the International Olympic Committee. His work as Chair of the Olympic Broadcasting Corporation is credited with building the Olympic brand into a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

Over the course of his career, he has gained a reputation for a fierce commitment to integrity, values and ethics and an ability to speak even difficult truths to power. In his remarks, Mr. Pound explored the nature and requirements of leadership, including its relationship to one's moral compass.

Mr. Pound began with quotations from famous leaders in order to "triangulate" the elements of leadership. In discussing goal setting, communication and engagement, he advised leaders to listen as much as they speak and accept good ideas from any source; to take a "hands-on, fingers-out" approach to avoid micromanaging; and to leave themselves enough time for careful reflection and planning.

He also encouraged them to act as "cheerleaders," inspiring others' confidence in themselves, and to avoid the memorable model of "the 'seagull leader,' who flies in from time to time, uttering harsh cries, deposits excrement all over everything and flies out again."

Mr. Pound identified the moral aspects of leadership as part of a personal brand, saying that "we are what we are willing to do and what we are not." He explained that at its core, a brand is values-based—the Olympic brand, for example, is founded on fair play, peace and equality, and he described examples of the dramatic measures he has taken in the past to make it clear that those values are not to be compromised.

The task of leaders at every level, Mr. Pound concluded, is to determine their basic principles and then uphold them by example for their teams, valuing consistency above opportunistic behaviour.

The lecture emphasized the universality of these insights by situating them against the backdrop of the public service of the future. An opening video, created by the Federal Youth Network to showcase public servants' pride in their work, put a strong emphasis on the next generation of public service employees from the first few minutes of the event.

The potential and innovation of youth was also highlighted in the presentation of the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award in the Blueprint 2020 National Student Paper Competition to Justin Long and Salman Dostmohammad. The latter, who was present to accept the award, has recently accepted a co-op position with the public service.

The speakers who introduced Mr. Pound also pointed out the foundations of the event in the past: Mark O'Neill, President of the Canadian Museum of History, noted that Canada's history shaped its values; Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council, recalled working with John Manion—for whom the lecture is named—and John Tait, whose 1996 report is still cited in conversations about values and ethics in the public service.

Far from being outdated, these foundations are more relevant than ever. Patrick Borbey, Associate Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, closed the event by thanking Mr. Pound and remarking on the importance of his insights as senior leaders learn to navigate the new frontiers of social media and a 24/7 news cycle.

Social media was also brought into the spotlight by the Twitter feed on-screen above the stage. Learners were encouraged to tweet during the event using #ManionGC. They echoed the enthusiasm of the participants in the event's question and answer period, many of whom described the lecture as useful and inspiring.

A screenshot of a tweet by Ada Bello that says Thank you @School_GC for an excellent lecture. Great speakers, excellent content. #ManionGC

A screenshot of a tweet by Sylvain Brideau that says Leaving the #ManionGC totally inspired, thank you Dick Pound

A screenshot of a tweet by Fatima Araji that says It was both an honour and a privilege to listen to Mr. Pound's  insights and learn from his vast experience! Excellent #ManionGC lecture!

A screenshot of a tweet by Owen Ripley that says Standing ovation for Dick Pound at conclusion of #ManionGC Inspiring talk! Thanks @School_GC

By looking both to the past and to the future, the Manion Lecture stood, as Mr. Wernick and Mr. Pound both pointed out, as an example of the continuity of public service values. Through events like these, the values and ethics established in years past are handed down for future leaders to take up in the years ahead.

Keep an eye out for news of next year's event, and be sure not to miss the School's other opportunities to learn from celebrated leaders and professionals who have walked in your shoes.

Learn from experience. Learn from experts: Meet Wendy Ace

Wendy Ace

The common thread uniting the wide variety of courses that Wendy Ace teaches in the Atlantic region—from Coaching for Effective Leadership (D101) to Effective Two Minute Briefings (Z132) to the Aspiring Directors Program—is that they delve into the big questions.

"I love encouraging conversations that foster new awareness at every level within an organization," she says. "I enjoy courses that answer the tough questions such as how to navigate through change in your life, how to engage employees in a meaningful way and how to inspire and motivate people."

Wendy urges her learners to identify and pursue their passion within the public service—and then to encourage the same motivation in others. Not only does this enliven one's day-to-day work, it also inspires others, creating a ripple effect that has impact even beyond the workplace.

"If you have a specific interest or niche," Wendy explains, "perhaps somebody, somewhere, is doing that in government. Be curious! And then turn that lens to people and be curious about what motivates them to come to work. Help people discover passion and purpose in what they do."

Over the course of her career, Wendy has pursued her own passion through international work, communications, change management, coaching and now in the classroom. "I'm so excited about what I do! I'm doing what I love."

She encourages learners to think beyond the confines of their current role and to hone their influence and leadership skills regardless of their level. "Your org chart doesn't define you. It's not about what box you're assigned to, it's about how big you let yourself be."

The increasing focus on innovation and collaboration presents an opportunity for supervisors and managers to step up and take ownership of a wide range of responsibilities and accountabilities. Wendy sees her role as "holding the space" for the conversations and networking that will empower learners to take advantage of their expanding roles.

"All the material is in the participants' manual. Everything they need to know is there for future reference. The material comes alive, however, when learners contribute real experiences to the conversations. And a classroom setting allows for new network and connection opportunities."

This is particularly important in a regional context, where supervisors and managers have even more latitude and influence. Wendy brings to the classroom her vast experience advising senior leaders in Canada and abroad as well as her deep understanding of the background and history of existing policies.

"I've seen government operations from various levels—as an advisor in a minister's office and at PCO, as well as managing program delivery out of three regions," she explains, "and that provides added context to the conversations in the room."

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A New Authority Delegation Training Program

The School has made important changes to its Authority Delegation Training (ADT) program for managers and executives.

Whether you need signing authority for sections 32 and 34 of the Financial Administration Act or would like to enhance your foundational knowledge in human resources, finance, procurement, information management, the Management Accountability Framework and communications for developmental purposes, your first stop is the self-paced online course Authority Delegation Training (G110). This new version of G110 replaces all previous classroom and online ADT training for managers and executives.

This course, made up of eight modules, provides the foundational information and core concepts required to exercise delegated authorities in human resources, finance, procurement, information management and related fields.

If you require ADT in order to exercise your financial delegated authorities, you must be identified by your Required Training Coordinator and assigned to one of two certifications.

G110 is open to all learners with a GCcampus account, and the modules can be accessed at any time. Please consult GCcampus for more detailed information.

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