Thursday, April 11, 2013

City hosts Citizen Conversation about organizational culture

The City of Calgary’s Cultural Transformation Project team will be hosting a “Citizen Conversation” on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the TELUS Convention Centre Macleod Hall D.

Calgarians interested in attending are invited to visit to reserve a seat. The event is free, however a limited number of seats are available.

The Cultural Transformation Project is a city and corporate-wide, collaboration, and alignment-setting dialogue project.

“It is about discovering the attitudes, habits and behaviours of employees that best place citizens at the centre of our thinking, planning and doing,” says Beth Gignac, Program Lead. “Civic employee’s jobs are all about putting the citizen at the centre of everything they do. No matter what the function or business, everyone has a daily opportunity to make the lives of citizens better. Employees’ workplace successes can be seen as citizens’ successes. This project is not about what The City does; it’s instead is about how we do it.”

Gignac continues, “City staff have been participating in similar sessions to the Citizen Conversation; however if we are talking about what habits do we  as staff have to have to ensure we are citizen-focused, then it just stands to reason we have to have citizens involved and providing their thoughts too.”

The Cultural Transformation Project is gathering information about The City’s culture and what works best and should be built into all aspects of the organization. The project has already begun with gathering information from City of Calgary employees and the Citizen Conversation is the first discussion with citizens aimed at the same objective. The Citizen Conversation is the first in what is scheduled to be a series that will take place in 2013-2014.

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