| Lyna Mohamad |
WITH the objective of providing participants the opportunity to identify proactive supervisory characteristics, the Civil Service Institute (IPA) organised the National Supervisory Convention 2014 yesterday at Caesar Hall of the Orchid Garden Hotel.
The opening of the two-day event was officiated by Director-General of Public Service, Jaini bin Hj Abdullah, who in his opening speech expressed hopes that the convention will be conducted as a continuous programme for the gathering of supervisory staff to share knowledge and experience as well as build a positive network amongst them.
Among the main factors that can open up opportunities for the upgrading of public service productivity of a nation is investment in new technology, highly-skilled role models and diversified innovative skills.
In this context, he believed that supervisors are important assets for the organisation and they are vital factors in determining the organisation’s success as they are directly responsible for daily operations.
In implementing their roles and responsibilities, there are a lot of challenges that they need to face and on this note, he called on the participants to avoid seeing these challenges as an issue or a negative matter but to take it as an opportunity to reach success as well as display their skills and wisdom in carrying out supervisory roles.
He also expressed hopes that participants will be able to identify proactive supervisory characteristics and organisation management, learn tips on management skills, tackle issues and challenges in an organisation and to lead more creatively.
The convention also aimed to provide an understanding on supervisory challenges in organisational management and provide tips in managing and leading more creatively as well as to come up with an action plan for self-upgrading on skills as a productive supervisor.
The convention is also organised as a knowledge sharing platform for best practices in supervisory field.
IPA has invited two speakers from Irsyad HR Consulting, Malaysia – Hj Ahmad Raji and Hj Ahmad Shukri who have successfully conducted numerous supervisory conventions in Malaysia.
Among the talks presented at the event were: Self Analysis and PROAKTIF Supervisor Characteristics, Time Management and Working Effectively Strategy, Application of Creative and Innovative Thinking in Supervisory, Leadership Style and Tackling the Various Personality, Building a Productive Team Work Strategy and Tackling Issues and Challenges in Supervisory in Organisation.
The facilitator Hj Ahmad Shukri holds a Master of Education from the University of Sterling, Scotland and Certificate of Teaching from Kota Bharu Teachers Training College and is a qualified and recognised trainer.
He has 25 years of working experience including as a teacher and education officer prior to joining the public sector.
As a trainer, he has conducted various training programmes related to his expertise for various public and private sectors in Malaysia as well as here in Brunei and is always invited to facilitate seminars and conventions at a national level.
Hj Ahmad Raji, on the other hand, holds a Masters in Human Resource Development from the Universiti Putra Malaysia and Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, USA as well as ASTD Certificate in Career Planning and Talent Management (USA) and Certificate in Training Management, JT Franks Management.
Also a qualified trainer, Hj Ahmad Raji also has 25 years of experience in planning, developing and conducting training programmes related to supervisory staff development and management for various public and private sectors in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and China.
He has also been invited to give talks, facilitate and moderate in various seminars and conventions particularly related to his expertise in Talent Management, Succession Planning and Human Resource Development.
Yesterday’s event saw more than 170 participants comprising officers and staff from both the government and private sectors who are engaged in management and supervisory fields in their respective organisation.
According to the senior special duties officer and deputy chairperson of the convention, this is the first time IPA hosted such convention and they received good feedback from all departments and ministries.