Shift in public sector business culture needed — Chuck

BY JOSIMAR SCOTT Observer writer

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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While addressing the media launch of the Middle Managers’ Conference 2017, Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck called for a more business-friendly ethos in the public sector which will be essential to propel the current Administration’s ‘5 in 4’ growth strategy.


"There needs to be a shift in the orienting philosophy of the public sector, which must lead to the development of a customer-centric culture as a core value and a business DNA that shapes decision-making, problem-solving and a reward system, as well as determines sanctions for non-performance.


"This type of shift must be seen as central to the government’s pro-growth agenda and the aggressive push to broaden the range of social freedoms that our people enjoy."


Addressing attendees at the launch on March 31 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, the justice minister reasoned that this can be achieved through a greater focus on coaching, mentoring, knowledge management and developing a culture of change.


He also pointed to the need for leaders with a high "transformational IQ" — leaders who know how to rally people around a vision, motivate team members, and who have mental toughness.


Middle Managers’ Conference 2017, organised by Make Your Mark Consultants, will be held from April 25 -26 at the Jamaica Pegasus under the theme "Leadership 365".


Managing director of Make Your Mark Consultants, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd, who will be a facilitator at the conference, told the gathering at the media launch that Middle Managers’ Conference 2017 will welcome not only upper-tier and middle managers of major corporations, but also supervisors, principals, team leaders, aspiring managers, and those who manage in non-governmental organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises.


"The global marketplace requires strong skills in execution and change management to accomplish work goals," she said. "In addition, much of today’s work is accomplished through teams, and new skills such as influencing, networking, emotional intelligence, and coaching are critical to success."


Organisations represented will benefit from the expertise of managers equipped to motivate their companies to achieve desired objectives while guiding teams through complex situations. The attendees will also gain personally, as they will receive new insights into decision-making, visioning and performance management, Coke-Lloyd explained.


The two-day conference will feature a list of accomplished speakers including Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica President PB Scott who will lead off the presentations. Also scheduled to present are: Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid; Chairman, Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee, Danny Roberts; Job Bank Director Dr Leachim Semaj; American Chamber of Commerce Jamaica CEO Gail Abrahams, among others.


Main sponsors for Middle Managers’ Conference 2017 will include Television Jamaica, HEART Trust/NTA, Sagicor, Jewel Resorts Jamaica, and the Jamaica Observer.

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