On Coming Back to the Civil Service

Friday, December 4, 2015
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As you are aware I've spent the majority of the last two years on interchange at the Institute on Governance (IOG); an Ottawa-based, independent, not-for-profit public interest institution (see: Today is my last day in the public service). My time at the IOG is coming to a close in January. I'm incredibly appreciative of the opportunities that my work at the IOG afforded me: working with world class people; gaining a higher appreciation for governance (see: Ask Higher Order Questions); working on interesting projects; participating in the Executive Leadership Program; benefiting from an incredibly technologically enabled environment; and the list goes on and on. That said, I'm equally excited about re-entering the public service in the wake of a new mandate, on the heels of the Speech from the Throne and in the lead-up to a budget.

That said, I'm taking some time off in between Christmas and my return to the civil service to decompress, reflect, tie off loose ends and re-familiarize myself with where people are and what they are working on currently. One of the realities of interchange is that your strong ties become weaker and weak ties become stronger as your responsibilities shift from one world to another. As I reintegrate back into this world, I'd appreciate your time and insight as I reorient, rebalance and recalibrate my networks. While I'm obviously going to reach out to the usual suspects (you know who you are), now's as good a time as any to form new connections. If we haven't met or talked before, please feel free to drop me a line. The coffee is on me; you can reach me by email, on twitter or via LinkedIn.