Peter PogaÄar, Director General of the Public Sector Directorate at the Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration, tells GGF about the resistance of civil service leaders to change, why he is inspired by the horizontal approach to the development of countries and his coup heart for celebrities
What have you accomplished in your career that you are most proud of?
I am very proud to have been the main author of a pension and labor market reform in which we managed to reach a broad social consensus, and which at the same time contains suitable professional solutions.
What is the best advice you have received in your professional life?
The simple truth about managing people: You can’t manage people who don’t trust you.
What do you enjoy most about working in the public service?
That you can actually make a change and be part of the change at the same time.
And what don’t you like about it?
That many public service leaders still resist change and are afraid to make a decision.
Which ministry or government agency in the country are you most inspired by and why?
It is not a question of a particular country, but rather of an establishment and that is to say the âcenters of governmentâ. The horizontal approach to country development and strategic foresight is very inspiring to me and something to strive for.
Are there any projects or innovations in your country that could be useful to your peers abroad?
We have led a process of forward-thinking innovation in the area of ââaging and talent management in public administration. It was the first time we did this and we are satisfied with the solid results – alternative future scenarios of Slovenian public administration and innovation prototypes. This is something I would recommend to any manager trying to find solutions to a complex challenge.
Which three famous people, living or dead, would you most like to invite to dinner?
Sundzi (I would be most inspired by our deep conversations); Michael Jordan (I admire all of his accomplishments and perseverance); and Jennifer Anniston (who wouldn’t want to have dinner with her celebrity crush).
If you weren’t a civil servant, what would you be?
A history teacher.
What is your favorite weekend activity?
I like running. I recently participated in the Vienna City Marathon.
What is your favorite book?
I can’t decide between History of Civilization by Niall Ferguson or A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.