The Commission ensures that agencies work to achieve results over the medium-term and provides support to chief executives at different levels:
- Through regular engagement with Ministers to provide a well informed and timely view of performance across the system. This includes providing advice and assessment on different situations and potential implications within sectors and agencies, identifying and mitigating key risks before they are realised, and reinforcing policy direction with agencies and sectors.
- With chief executives, through regular engagement on management and leadership issues. Commission staff regularly engage with chief executives, support them to capitalise on opportunities, assist with problem solving, and develop future leaders. Through this engagement, Deputy and Assistant Commissioners (working with chief executives on behalf of the Commissioner) aim to ensure a closer connection between a chief executive's performance and their development.
- Across the public management system as a whole. Commission staff identify and work to remove barriers to good performance, and encourage relevant parts of the State services to work together to achieve results for New Zealand. Through assessment of performance across the system, the Commission identifies collective development needs for the Public Service chief executive cohort, and works with the Leadership Development Centre and other providers to ensure the availability and alignment of solutions that target these areas to ensure chief executives are able to lead effectively in the current and emerging environment.