Wednesday November 5, 2008
163 attend seminar to raise civil-service efficiency
A TOTAL of 163 participants comprising heads of departments of agencies under the Selangor government, took part in the three-day ESQ leadership seminar that was held at the Petaling Jaya Civic Hall from Monday.
The seminar was organised by the state government and the Petaling Jaya City Council in an effort to improve the efficiency and attitude of civil servants.
State executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, who is state Islamic affairs, Malay customs, infrastructure and public amenities committee chairman, launched the workshop.
“As an initiative to create awareness of the importance of referring to the Almighty in our every move, and to show the relevance between office duties and God, the state and the council is organising this seminar alongside Konsultan ESQ Leadership Centre,” Dr Hasan said.
The ESQ (emotional and spiritual quotient) is based on The Model of ESQ Way 165, founded by Indonesian Dr Ary Ginanjar Agustian, which integrates the rationality of the business world and spirituality.
“This seminar is in line with the SPIES approach that has been enthusiastically advocated by the state government to produce individuals who excel in spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects,” he added.
Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib said the programme embracing the elements of SPIES would not only benefit the participants themselves, but also the organisations for which they worked.
“The programme will also help civil servants understand the direction the new administration is going in, and it helps instil a working attitude that is excellent, productive, reliable and competent,” he said.
He said the participants would be taught to achieve seven fundamental values, namely honesty, responsibility, vision, discipline, cohesion, fairness and care.
“These values will also uncover the hidden potential of every individual, which should be applied to his or her work and life to reach a higher notch and to create an excellent organisation,” he added.