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IAMR invited me to orient government officers from Jammu and Kashmir on community life competence and SALT. There were 22 officers, young group. It was last day of their five day training and they were to leave in the evening.
We spent the beautiful morning discussing what makes us human. Out came many virtues, values, emotions, the sharing was deep. We are in no hurry for the tea break, they said! We shared stories and identified strengths in each other.
If we this community had so many strengths, we could achieve so more. So could other communities whom we usually consider marginalized and poor. "We often get irritated with people who come with queries and forms...now we will be more considerate." "It is not easy to apply SALT in office environment but with practice we can do it"
The final session was on how will you apply SALT back in the office. Here are the action plans of the five groups:
Ankita Sharma, Preeti Aggarwal, Gurneet Kour, Aman Dogra
S- We will share information with our counterparts and subordinates
Will stimulate them to do better
Will help the people and subordinates and colleagues and resolve genuine grievances
A- Will appreciate our supervisors, subordinates and colleagues
L- Listen to all patiently without thrusting our ideas on them
We can learn from our subordinates Community will be involved in planning, monitoring and evaluation.
T- Transfer of thoughts, experiences and people
Involvement of all the staff in every work
Iram, Rashid, Mamta, Zahid, Ashiq
When we go back to the office, we would share about SALT what we have learned. We would like to share who we are and if we know more about them as human beings educational background, family so on. Knowing their strengths and weaknesses will help us deal with them better.
We want them to work creatively and give them a feeling that no matter what and if they give their best and work sincerely we can do better. We can work like a family there is no boss no subordinate. We will have to learn and listen from each other.
We need to communicate well even if it’s a petty issue. Lets begin to appreciate each other. Let’s not wait for bigger things but let’s count small things.
Chaman Lal, Javaid Ahmed, Uttam Singh, Irfan Ahmed, Suresh Sharma
We will start with a positive approach , take our subordinate officials as integral part of team.
We will be prepared for both types of behavior- negative as well as positive which is in the sytem.
Appreciation will be for the whole community and not one single person
Instead of criticism of colleagues we motivate to contribute best for next time to the organization.
Encouragement for every innovative ideas with belief in experience and strengths of the fellow colleagues
Naushaad Ahmad, Shanawaz Khan, Ishtiyaq Khan, Anika Mushtaq
Nisar Ahmed, Romin Ahad, Jyoti and Mehak
We will listen, share and support when people come to us
we will transfer our way of working
We will appreciate others who approach us