It is Albert Einstein who remarked: “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” His reflection is true today as it was when he made the statement. Indeed, values, which are beliefs or convictions that guide and direct one’s behaviour as well as support one’s purpose and vision often, define an individual.
Baringo County Secretary to the Public Service Board, Mr. Nicholas Chepkoiwo, knows this only too well as he confides that success or failure is a matter of one’s thinking and attitude. Available research indicates that challenges and issues that individuals would consider to be detrimental to their development, personally and professionally, come in times when the individuals are out of integrity with their values.
Conversely, the times of expanded growth, a number of individuals have attested, occur when they are aligned and living into the integrity of their values.
“There is no doubt that you will experience the most success in both
your personal and your business work life if you live based on the values that are most important to you,” Mr. Chepkoiwo told participants who were graduating from KSG Baringo Campus. The participants had undertaken Senior Management and Basic Computer End Users Courses.
The Public Service Board Secretary further told the officers that values would drive them on ways to interact with their colleagues and bosses and govern their relationships with their family and friends.
“When you are part of any organization, you bring your deeply held values and beliefs to the organization. There they co-mingle with those of other members of the institution to create an organizational culture. When these values are good, then you will have sown seeds for success,” he said.
Successful people are ordinary people.
Mr. Chepkoiwo implored upon the officers to believe in big goals as that would determine the size of their success.
“The objective of the training you have undertaken is to improve your service delivery. I have no doubt it has also impacted on your attitude towards work. As you are aware, the economic growth of the country is hedged on the energies the workforce puts into its daily activities,” he shared.
He averred that transformation in the public service is a matter of attitude; thinking differently to bring glory in the public service.
“When faced with an opportunity, think you can! You are a product of what you do,” he said.
Baringo Campus Director, Dr. Solomon Letangule, encouraged continuous investment in training describing it as the sole way that would guarantee improvement.
“Investing in education is worthwhile since it creates avenues for networking and learning,” said Dr. Letangule. He acknowledged the importance of integration emphasizing on diversity teamwork and commitment.
By Douglas Mochama