Public Servants in Lagos State have been urged to embrace a Growth Mindset by opening their minds to new opportunities that would further develop the State Public Service.
Speaking at the sensitization programme on Mindset Development Programme organized for Public Servants on Grade Level 15 in the State by the Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, and the Ministry of Information and Strategy, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja; the Head of Service, ably represented by the Director, Public Service Standards, Mrs. Toyin Onanuga said the Growth Mindset Development Programme embarked upon by the State Government is quite commendable, and one that should be embraced by all Public Servant in the State.
She noted that His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s support for the programme is an indication of his expectations from Public Servants, as Change Agents in achieving the smart city objectives of the State.
She therefore charged the participants to be audacious and tenaciously curious to be the change they want to see, even as the take the Growth Mindset to their various MDAs.
The Director General, Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation (OTCI), Mr. Toba Otusanya who was represented by the Deputy Director, Creativity and Innovation, ,Mrs. Toyin Ademuyuwa said the advocacy programme was conceived having realized the need to encourage a Growth Mindset among Public Servants in the State in achieving the Smart City aspiration of the State.
While encouraging the participants to embrace a Growth Mindset at their various MDAs, the Dg added that everything starts from the mind and the need to take full control of it in achieving greatness cannot be over emphasized.
While also commending them for the large turnout and promptness, noted that the train the trainer workshop would commence soon to ensure that this initiative is entrenched in the Public Service.
The training consultant, the former Director General, Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Mrs. Regina Olubunmi Fabamwo said a habitual mental attitude that determines how one would interpret and respond to situations; the belief that a person’s skills, intellect and talent can be developed through practice and perseverance is need in achieving the vision of the state..
She therefore urged all participants to move away from the Fixed Mindset which is considered as the belief that a person’s skill, intellect and talent are set and unchangeable, and embrace a Growth Mindset that enables learning, so as to have a mindset that continuously brings results.
It would be recalled that the 3- day sensitization programme on Growth Mindset Development Programme commenced with the Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Agencies and Parastatals; thereafter, Directors on Grade Levels 16 and 17 were sensitized, and the programme ended with the sensitization of Assistant Directors on Grade Level 15.
The Programme would be cascaded to other levels in the Public Service to ensure everyone is carried along in achieving the objectives of the Programme, especially, engendering a change of Mindset Service-wide.
The sensitization exercise was quite interactive and best practices were shared by participants, and had in attendance the representative of the HOS, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishment and Training, the former Director General, PSSDC and the Consultants.