Government has advised Permanent Secretaries to adhere to President Edgar Lungu’s call for professionalism and embrace a transformational culture for a smart Zambia.
Deputy Secretary to Cabinet Ambassador Peter Kasanda says all Permanent Secretaries in the country should adhere to President Edgar Lungu’s call for them to be adaptive, innovative and determined to embrace a transformational culture for smart Zambia.
He said this is because Permanent Secretaries have a huge responsibility for providing leadership, managing resources and ensuring effective implementation of Government programmes.
There is need to embrace principles such as innovation and entrepreneurship, adopting a new paradigm to resolving the current and future challenges, promoting long term planning and creating smart budgeting that promote a whole-of-government approach to public service delivery among other issues, he said.
Ambassador Kasanda was speaking at the Leadership Seminar for Permanent Secretaries held at Protea Safari Hotel in Chisamba, today.
He further urged all participants to actively participate in sharing their various experiences during the workshop and remain committed during the two days programme.
And US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz stated at the same event that such a leadership workshop is an important part of a smart economy and a smart bureaucracy.
He noted that the Zambia government can only be smarter and more efficient as President Lungu has called for if Secretaries realise the key role they play.
He challenged the participants to genuinely represent their institutional memory of the ministry, pass on lessons learnt to others.
He urged them to share success and good motives, keeping morale and productivity high.
Meanwhile, Director, Creative Development Laboratory and Former Chief of Staff in the Obama Administration Sean Carroll says leadership requires team work.
Mr. Carroll says it is good that government through President Lungu in his Parliamentary speech called on the nation to embrace a transformational culture for a smart Zambia.
Among other items discussed on communication skills for executives included Audience Analysis, content and, organisation delivery skills, one on one, meetings, informal conversations, visuals as well as question and answers.