I’m back from hibernation (Vancouver has received an unusual amount of snow this year – very odd given that I had seen only 2 mm of snow during my first winter here, three years ago!).
I’d like to kick-off the year with a post that might lead some people (and organizations) to take a few resolutions for 2009: the results to my poll the low participation rate to PS Renewal-related websites.
Based on the results, it looks like the 24 respondent were very honest in their assessment. The top three reasons for low participation are:
- People are afraid of getting in trouble if they write something on those sites (54%);
- People don't take the time to comment and provide input (46%);
- Learned helplessness (38%).
It is interesting to see how the wording of the question influences the results. A few months ago, I had conducted another poll where I asked: “How do you feel about discussing the public service of Canada and/or PS Renewal on websites, blogs, discussion forums, Facebook, etc.?” 75% of the respondents claimed to be comfortable discussing PS Renewal on the Web, which left me a bit perplexed given the low participation.
In my latest poll, 54% of the respondents said one of the reason for the low participation on PS Renewal-related websites is that “people” (not them) “are afraid of getting in trouble if they write something on those sites”. Hum…
As for my own resolutions, I plan (oooh! bad sign already!) to post more articles in 2009. I have quite a few somewhat “controversial” postings in the works, and lots of interesting links to share. I’m also working on my next “big” paper, as I have indicated previously, which will be on the topic of management and leadership.
If I have any wish for 2009, it is to get more comments on my blog!
P.S.: If you haven't read it already, I highly recommend you check out "Scheming Virtuously", Nick and Mike enlightening paper. It reminds me a lot of Bob Chartier's work, and it is in a way the missing piece to my presentation on "Bottom-Up Change" (see Sean's comment on the lack of concrete example, which is a criticism I have received a few times before regarding this presentation).