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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 7.58 GMT

Sense of confidence comes through learning Secy to the President


The sense of confidence is one of the vital attributes of a public servant and one can nurture that quality through learning, Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, said.

Speaking at the fifth series of the Capacity Building Programme for senior public executives at Hotel Mt. Lavinia today, the Secretary said make learning a habit just like the way you do your other day to day work.

There are plenty of resources around you. Make best use of them, he said.

Information gathering, concept formation, conceptual flexibility, inter-personal search, managing interactions, impact, self confidence, proactive orientation and achievement orientation are some of the key characteristics of a high performing manager, Mr. Weeratunga said.

He asked the public servants to set clear organizational goals and strategies, establish right priorities and measures, review implementation of strategies against the plans, establish management systems, establish a culture of finding ways of improvement in contrast with the culture of finding faults, use scientific analytical tools and statistical tools that provide new insights into performance to improve efficiency.

Government servants must be encouraged learn and use ICT more and more, the Secretary said.

Jointly organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Presidential Secretariat of the Sri Lanka, the workshop is aimed at supporting the development and strengthening the capability of Additional Secretaries and department heads by drawing on the latest thinking and best practices concerning their role, remit and issues.






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