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The necessity to cultivate competence at work

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A few years back, there was this playful student who had very little interest in his studies and its required technical assignments. His instructors complained about his attitude and behavior in class.

One day, I called the student for a meeting in my office. I asked him, ''Can you kindly hire one driver from your place?'' ''Sure sir,'' he said, ''with all my pleasure!'' But I told him that there was one issue. The person must be someone who did not know how to drive and did not have a driver's license; however, he must be willing to learn using his car while taking him and his family to various places.

He was surprised, and replied that he was not willing to take the risk of letting an untrained driver drive his car and take his family around.

''How strange that you are not inclined to take the risk of letting the man drive your car, but want us to take a risk on you without ensuring your competence to operate a billion-dollar plant,'' I said.

On that day, he learned the importance of competence. None of his instructors complained about him after that. That lesson hit him straight in the heart. Currently, he is climbing new heights in his career.

Now, if I ask you why you are interested in attaining a certain position in your workplace when you do not possess the required competence that goes with the role, what would your reply be? Why should your company take a risk on you?

Competence can be attained by a certain combination of knowledge, experience, skills and attitude. This is the capacity by which you become valuable to your organization. The more competent you are, the more power you possess in your professional domain.

Strive towards attaining not only knowledge but also the highest level of competence in your area of endeavor and your success will be certain.

Handy Hints:

• Competent people contribute to the organization's success

• They can manage time, assess risks, conduct priority setting

• They can identify problems, able to arrive at effective solutions

Find out why you should draw no lines when it comes to self development

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company