April 16, 2013

An Example of the Flat Army CLAM in Action: BC Ideas2Action

I’m not a very political man.

You may even call me apolitical.

I always vote, but I often vote based on the issues versus being tied to a political party. I’m politically Neapolitan.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t tell you about a good story that involves Government, regardless of your or my political stripes.

In my home province of British Columbia, Canada, there has been a program in place now — called IDEAS2ACTION — where citizens have been asked to get involved, submit ideas and help shape opportunities for skills development across the entire province.

The process the Provincial Government followed is best summarized by the graphic found below:


There have been over 125 ideas submitted and vetted, with a fantastic accompanying dashboard that depicts the ideas (who they came from) and the action that has been taken by the Government.

There are some fantastic submissions such as:

  • Give Students More Exposure to the Trades in Earlier Grades
  • Encourage More Tradespeople to Become Teachers
  • Invest in Facilities and Equipment for K-12

These ideas are coupled by the actions that have since been taken by the Government.

This got me thinking about Chapter 8 of Flat Army: The Collaborative Leader Action Model which suggests the following:

Implementing Flat Army and the CLAM starts with the principal tenet that we need to open our doors, tear down the cubicles, and invite the entire organization to the table before making decisions or inventing the next new shiny object. Collaboration isn’t easy; in fact, it’s quite difficult. Through this chapter, please root yourself in the know-how that collaboration—as good as it is—always takes longer, but in the end, your leadership style, growth, team unity and organizational prosperity are better off .

The cyclical stages of the Collaborative Leader Action Model are as follows:

connect (with others)

consider (all options)

communicate (the decision and action plan)

create (the result)

confirm (the result met the target)

congratulate (through feedback and recognition)

My hat is tipped to Tanya Twynstra, Executive Director of Citizen Engagement in the British Columbia Government for spearheading the deployment of the CLAM in the province whilst (perhaps) not knowing that she actually was utilizing the CLAM itself. Tanya works for whatever Government is in power; she only looks out for the betterment of the province and its citizens.

In my opinion it’s a great story, regardless of your political affiliation. Mine included.

Visit the IDEAS2ACTION site for more information. It’s a good example of Government 2.0. (if you’re still into those 2.0 monikers)


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