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A different CCMA

Kenneth Thomas Mathye gives a new meaning to the acronym CCMA, discussing how employers and  employees can avoid meeting at this state institution. 

The acronym CCMA stands for Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. It is an Institution of the South African Government responsible for helping Employers and Employees resolve their conflicts and disputes in a peaceful manner.

In this article, I want us to look at a different CCMA. One that could potentially help both the employer and the employee avoid meeting at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. Our CCMA stands for Commitment, Competence, Motivation and Attitude.

 There is a difference between interest and COMMITMENT. When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when the circumstances permit. When you’re COMMITTED to something, you accept no excuses, only results. – Art Turock.

The first C stand for COMMITMENT. There are many people  who are interested in their jobs, yet committed to neither the Company nor the job. These are people whose interest is on what the job can give them rather than what they can give to the job. These people do just enough to keep their jobs. These people are difficult to supervise or manage due to their lack of commitment. They only work when the supervisor or manager is around. They always bring problems to the supervisor or manager without any proposed solutions. Their motivation in applying for the job was the benefits they stood to gain. They look, seek and search for reasons not to do their job. These type of employees are a liability to the Company.
The other group of employees are the committed ones. They chose their jobs primary for the contribution they wanted to give to the company. They work with little or no supervision. They seek, look and search for solutions to the problems and challenges faced by the Company. They enjoy their work before enjoying the benefits and fruits of their labour. These are assets to the Organisation. They are the type of employees who not only do their jobs, but are also available to assist their colleagues as well. They are team players with passion for winning together with the rest of the team members. Their commitment to the company vision and goals is priceless.
In which group are you? Are you only interested in your job and company for the benefits or are you committed to the company for its growth and continual existence? Are you a solution provider or a problem searcher?
Some of the reasons people find themselves interested in their jobs and companies and yet not committed to the same include misaligned purpose and values. Some personal introspection might be helpful in trying to get yourself committed instead of only interested.

“COMPETENCE is a great creator of confidence” – Mary Jo Putney.

The second C stands for COMPETENCE. One of the symptoms of an interested yet not committed individual is incompetence. It is very difficult if not impossible to work towards gaining competence in something you are not committed to. Hence, in most if not all cases, the interested and incompetent individuals lacks confidence. Competency is the mother of all confidence. When you know that you are capable and have the capacity to do something, you confidence skyrockets.
If you want your confidence to grow, be intentional in developing your competence. Attend workshops and seminars on subjects of your interest. Read books dealing with subjects and topics of your interest. Engage others who are in the same field you are interested in and share you knowledge with them and learn from each other. As you competency levels rise, so shall be your confidence. The higher your competency and confidence levels, the more the opportunities to lead will present themselves, bearing in mind that you do not necessarily need a position to lead. In your current position with a good level of competency and confidence, you can lead up (your bosses), side ways (your peer and colleagues) and down (your direct reports if you have any).

“The biggest source of your MOTIVATION is your thoughts, so think big and motivate yourself to win” – Unknown.

The M stands for Motivation. Motivation as a noun means a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. This simply means that whatever that we do is motivated by something either from within or without. Hence, motivation is categorised into two: intrinsic and extrinsic. Things like self-worth, knowledge, personal growth, passion and purpose amongst other things drive intrinsic motivation. On the other hand, things like deadlines, rewards, money and social status drive extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the best because it is within your control. Extrinsic is dependent on external elements which are not under your control.
This brings us to the quotation above. The things you think most about have the greatest influence in how you act or behave; hence, the quote says you thoughts are the biggest source of your motivation. If personal growth, contribution to the community and fulfilling your life’s purpose are things you think most about, you are likely to remain motivated in most cases. You are likely to enjoy the things you do. You are likely to volunteer your services in order to keep yourself busy while contributing positively to the lives of others. On the other hand, if your thoughts are occupied by desires for winning prizes, social status and deadlines, you are likely to become lazy when such things are not on sight. Your motivation will simply disappear when the rewards are not offered.
If you want to enjoy life and what it has to offer, ensure that your motivation is intrinsic and driven by things like purpose, personal growth, passion and a desire to leave this world better than you found it. That way, not only will you enjoy life, but your contribution will be huge and valuable.

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your ATTITUDE determines how well you do it – Lou Holtz.

Kenneth Thomas Mathye is a Qualified Electrician. He is currently working as a Trainer as well as doing Motivational Speaking. His interests are Personal and Leadership Development
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