9 episodes

Produced by the Canada School of Public Service, How to Survive As an Executive is a series of learning podcasts for and about Canada’s public service executives.

The goal is to share best practices among executives across the globe and inspire the next generation of leaders everywhere. In conversation with a host, executives will reveal aha! moments, impart words of wisdom from their mentors, and look back on the failures that ultimately led to lessons learned.

Would you like to participate or suggest a guest for our series? We want to hear from you!

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    • 3.8 • 4 Ratings

Produced by the Canada School of Public Service, How to Survive As an Executive is a series of learning podcasts for and about Canada’s public service executives.

The goal is to share best practices among executives across the globe and inspire the next generation of leaders everywhere. In conversation with a host, executives will reveal aha! moments, impart words of wisdom from their mentors, and look back on the failures that ultimately led to lessons learned.

Would you like to participate or suggest a guest for our series? We want to hear from you!

    How to Survive as an Executive: Navigating Ethical Dilemmas

    How to Survive as an Executive: Navigating Ethical Dilemmas

    As executives, we encounter ethical dilemmas in our professional life almost every day. Some ethical questions have quick and straightforward answers and a clear right and wrong. But sometimes, challenges do not align with our personal values and our responsibilities as public servants.

    Judith Brunet, Ombud and Director of the Centre of Values and Ethics at Parks Canada, explains how to navigate the uncertain world of values and ethics.

    Ms. Brunet discusses:


    The importance of understanding the different      angles of an ethical dilemma
    The value of integrity, transparency and      communication when tackling the situations you face
    The resources available to support executives

    Guest: Judith Brunet, Ombud and Director of the Centre of Values and Ethics, Parks Canada

    Host: Annie Therriault, on behalf of the Canada School of Public Service

    Would you like to participate or suggest a guest for our series? We want to hear from you: executivelearning-apprentissagepourlescadres@csps-efpc.gc.ca.

    • 13 min
    How to Survive as an Executive: Speaking Truth to Power

    How to Survive as an Executive: Speaking Truth to Power

    As an executive, it is not always easy to speak truth to power. Sometimes, you may be concerned that sharing difficult news might have a negative impact on your career.

    Michel Doiron, former Associate Deputy Minister at Veterans Affairs Canada, shares some tips and tricks on how to brief senior management with bad news while giving facts and the full picture.

    Mr. Doiron discusses:


    the importance of delivering all the facts to support decision-making
    how to set expectations with your boss about speaking truth to power
    the value in building rapport with key players

    Guest: Michel Doiron, Retired Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada

    Host: Annie Therriault, on behalf of the Canada School of Public Service

    Would you like to participate or suggest a guest for our series? We want to hear from you: executivelearning-apprentissagepourlescadres@csps-efpc.gc.ca.

    • 11 min
    How to Survive as an Executive: Reflections on Career Progression

    How to Survive as an Executive: Reflections on Career Progression

    How does being a director differ from being a director general or an assistant deputy minister? How do you know when you are ready to move to the next level?

    Stephen Burt, Assistant Deputy Minister at National Defence, explains what to consider when comparing the various roles in the executive cadre. He discusses some of the considerations you need to take into account in order to be successful at your level within the organizational echelon:


    effective leadership behaviours
    the responsibilities that come with these roles
    maintaining a balance between personal and professional life

    Duration: 14:11

    Guest: Stephen Burt, Assistant Deputy Minister, Data, Innovation and Analytics at the Department of National Defence

    Host: Annie Therriault, on behalf of the Canada School of Public Service

    Would you like to participate or suggest a guest for our series? We want to hear from you: csps.executivelearning-apprentissagepourlescadres.efpc@canada.ca.

    • 14 min
    How to Survive as an Executive: Learning from your Mistakes

    How to Survive as an Executive: Learning from your Mistakes

    As an executive, you may be afraid to take risks and make mistakes that might damage your career. But everyone makes mistakes. What’s important is knowing how you can innovate and experiment despite the possibility of failure.

    Caroline Xavier, Associate Deputy Minister at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, talks about the best way to proceed when you make a mistake, big or small. Ms. Xavier discusses:


    how to rebuild trust with a supervisor after making a mistake
    smart risk-taking
    creating a culture for innovation and experimentation
    being open to feedback

    Duration: 14:14

    Guest: Caroline Xavier, Associate Deputy Minister at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

    Would you like to participate or suggest a guest for our series? We want to hear from you: csps.executivelearning-apprentissagepourlescadres.efpc@canada.

    • 14 min
    How to Survive as an Executive: Yes, you can change the system! Here’s how.

    How to Survive as an Executive: Yes, you can change the system! Here’s how.

    Like many public servants, you joined the Public Service of Canada to make a difference in the lives of Canadians. On the way to doing that, though, you found you had to navigate a rigid system with forms to fill out, procedures to use, and rules to follow. It can sometimes feel like a burden.

    But you have ideas to share. And constructive solutions to offer. This episode is for you!

    Join us for a conversation on shaking up the status quo:

    · what to consider

    · making a plan

    · taking the steps and

    · what to do if you don’t get the results you were hoping for

    Guest: David Conabree, Director General, Employment Programs Directorate, Human Resources Branch, Canada Revenue Agency

    Host: Julie Blais Comeau, Learning Designer, Canada School of Public Service

    Would you like to participate or suggest a guest for our series? We want to hear from you: csps.executivelearning-apprentissagepourlescadres.efpc@canada.

    • 12 min
    How to Survive as an Executive: Leading with Calm and Authenticity

    How to Survive as an Executive: Leading with Calm and Authenticity

    You love your job as an executive, but it’s not always easy. You do your best to balance your personal life with your professional role. When stress arises, you strive to remain calm and behave in an authentic way while staying open to the world.

    Valerie Gideon, Ph.D., in conversation with our host, shares tips and best practices to help you:


    manage your stress
    honour all of your roles
    stay true to your identity while being open-hearted

    Guest: Valerie Gideon, Ph.D., is a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation of Gesgapegiag, Quebec, Canada. She is Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada.

    Host: Julie Blais Comeau, Learning Advisor, Canada School of Public Service

    Would you like to participate or suggest a guest for our series? We want to hear from you: csps.executivelearning-apprentissagepourlescadres.efpc@canada.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

EddieM76 ,

Lost me after 3 min

Sorry, I gave it a chance but the content was too obvious - nothing insightful - no hook to incent me to spend another minute on this series other than to write a review to warn others.

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