BY CEDRIC SWANKA
The Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) aims to improve the self-assessment capabilities organisations with the introduction of a public training workshop dubbed Balance scorecard (BSC), for individuals in the private and public sector.
The public service programme manager at BNPC -Bernard Maphangela said the BSC is a strategy management technique which enables organisations to successfully set targets and manage realization of those targets in an informed and practical fashion.
According to the BNPC, the objectives of the workshop programme is designed to help participants understand that BSC is an integrated framework for planning, communication and measurement of an organisation`s vision and strategy.
The workshop programme will help participants acquire strategic management expertise, acquire skills in building and developing a scorecard system and meaningful performance measures. Lastly help participants understand key strategic issues and how the BSC helps organisations develop their strategic plans.
Furthermore Maphangela explained that, “The balanced scorecard serves to equip participants with skills to develop their business strategy, manage the strategy and successfully execute it. The aim is to continuously improve efforts and harness resources to keep organisations competitive edge as well as its relevance. So with each and every balanced scorecard workshop offered by BNPC, emerging trends are taken into consideration. This translates into an adaptable, agile and innovative manner of applying the scorecard.”
Among the skills that will be disseminated during the balance scorecard workshop will be the nine steps of building the balance scorecard, such as scorecard design, development of strategic objectives. Development of strategic measures, developing initiatives and building and implementing the scorecard.
Maphangela said though the BNPC invites organisations to nominate people to attend, the workshops will be open to any member of the public.
“Our target market for the balanced scorecard are Government institutions both central and local Parastatals Private sector (Large organisations and SMMEs) Non-Governmental organisations and Private individuals. Each session takes 8 hours per day. The whole training workshop takes 5 days.”
“The BNPC has always conducted balanced scorecard workshops all over Botswana and will continue to do so. Kasane, Ghanzi, Maun, Tutume, Letlhakane, Francistown, Selebi Phikwe, Serowe, Mahalapye, Palapye, Ramotswa, Lobatse, Goodhope,” Maphangela said.
Maphangela shared that “the BNPC has been conducting balanced scorecard workshops since 2010. The pace was slower at the beginning. However since 2014 about 8 workshops have been held annually all over Botswana. The next balanced scorecard workshop will be held on the 22 to 26 July in Maun. We have not yet received applicants yet.”