Mahmud Tim Kargbo
Fascinating and laughable to say the least! Our government is still fighting to combat infant mortality after eight to nine years in governance with all the resources they’ve committed to that sector. Where’s the Prosperity when we can’t even get an efficient medical system to fix the health conditions of our children?
One would want to know the efficiency level of the performance contract in achieving expected results for our people as this government keep on assuring us. Especially when one take in to consideration the huge amount of resources they’ve spent in that area of our health sector in country.
That’s why I keep on saying Performance Contract is failing because it focuses on Performance; not Outcome. Performance Contract is considered a waste of time people don’t need to be managed, that’s demeaning. Continuos feedback systems are all the rage. All that may be true but once again our national thought leaders have missed the boat.
Today the emphasis in Sierra Leone should be focused on value added outcomes. Performance Contract must become Performance Outcome.
Where as Performance Contract looks at the success or failures of individuals in their efforts to achieve results, Performance Outcome looks at the entire integrated system necessary to achieve outcomes.
The approach is built around an integrated partnership between leadership and staff to produce excellent outcomes; both of which must perform for outcome to be achieved with the outcome monitoring and supporting leadership skills.
This will take the assessing of staff around benchmarks, work across the institution to ensure others appropriately know of the project, it status, it’s implication and support required, work with staff to analyze problems, find and fix causes that inhibit outcomes, provide on going feedback about efforts, progress and next steps, reward and recognise performance commensurate with outcomes achieved as per finance invest.
This also goes with the ability to execute plans to completion and to apply knowledge and practice to specific situation; the ability to create new value; the ability to work with others and raise the performance level of the team; the ability to work with ideas and people to produce results higher than what one could have achieved by themselves; up to date professional and technical skills in the area of person’s expertise; the core skill of making data driven decisions and to anticipate risk that will result from the action or inaction; the capability to read situations and others and adjust behaviors to provide the most effective approach and demonstrate that others can count on receiving honest communication at all times.