SCOMA’S Approach & Methodology

All of our Training, Consultancy and Solutions Program are based on Competency-Based Training (CBT) which applies The Adult Learning Principles and SCOMA’s Competency Model (SCM) for excellent result and performance oriented.

1. COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING (CBT)

CBT is an approach to learning where emphasis is placed on what a learner can do in the workplace as a result of their training. Learners who have successfully achieved competency will have the skills and knowledge they need to complete workplace activities in a range of different situations and environments, to an industry standard of performance that is expected in the workplace.

Competency-based training is usually based on performance standards that have been set by industry. Competency-based assessment materials are designed to ensure that each learner has achieved all the outcomes (skills and knowledge) required by each unit of competency. Competency-based training allows for flexible entry and exit for learners enabling them to complete their studies much quicker. Once they have achieved competency in a unit of competency they can then move onto the next unit. Training can take place both on and off-the-job using a variety of delivery modes and methods.

2. ADULTS LEARNING THEORY & PRINCIPLES

Part of being an effective trainers involves understanding how adults learn best (Lieb,1991). Andragogy (adult learning) is a theory that holds a set of assumptions about how adults learn. Andragogy emphasises the value of the process of learning. It uses approaches to learning that are problem-based and collaborative rather than didactic, and also emphasises more equality between the trainer and trainee.

Andragogy as a study of adult learning originated in Europe in 1950’s and was then pioneered as a theory and model of adult learning from the 1970’s by Malcolm Knowles an American practitioner and theorist of adult education, who defined andragogy as “the art and science of helping adults learn” (Zmeyov 1998; Fidishun 2000). According to Knowles, adults have special characteristics as learners:

  1. Adults are autonomous and self-directed

  2. Adults have accumulated a foundation of life experiences and knowledge.

  3. Adults are goal-oriented.

  4. Adults are relevancy-oriented.

  5. Adults need to be shown respect.

These characteristics offer our trainer some interesting challenges and opportunities in the creation of effective training.

3. SCOMA’S COMPETENCY MODEL (SCM)

SCM is the approach and values applied to accelerate self-competency development. The elements of the model form the word A.C.T.I.O.N:

Awareness

Is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects or sensory patterns. It can help a learner to achieve self-competency by increasing the level of self-awareness. Awareness includes self-awareness and social awareness.

Communication Competence

Communication competence is the ability to choose a communication behaviour that is both appropriate and effective for a given situation. Interpersonal competency allows one to achieve their communication goals without causing the other party to lose face. The model most often used to describe competence is the component model (Spitzberg & Cupach, 1984) which includes three components:

1) knowledge,

2) skill, and

3) motivation.

Knowledge simply means knowing what behaviour is best suited for a given situation. Skill is having the ability to apply that behaviour in the given context. Motivation is having the desire to communicate in a competent manner.In order to be a competent communicator, one must be able to recognize which skills are necessary in a particular situation, have those skills, and be properly motivated to use those skills.

Time Management

Time management is the ability to plan and control how you spend the hours in your day to effectively accomplish your goals. Poor time management can be related to procrastination, as well as problems with self-control. Skills involved in managing your time include planning for the future, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and monitoring where your time actually goes

Interest and Passion

A passion is something you can’t live without. When it is missing from your life, you feel a hole and it nags
away at you. You constantly wish that you were doing, living, being, or having it. An interest rouses your curiosity. An interest is a more intellectual thing; something that you want to discover more about. It ‘piques your interest’. When considering a career development, you should take account of both. Your passions will lead the way because, when you focus on the things you are passionate about, you’re driven to create them in your life. When you move career, you should tune into your passions.

Organizing & Prioritising

Before you can prioritize, you must first organize. There is no one way to organize, but whatever system you choose must make sense to you. Remember the goal of organization is to find things without wasting time. Not every task is equally important. The most important tasks move the work closer to long term goals. Prioritizing allows you to identify the most important tasks at any moment and give those tasks more of your attention, energy, and time. It allows you to spend more time on the right things. Prioritization helps everyone to plan. It is a good way to ensure that deadlines are met and stress is minimized.

Need for Commitment

Performance is what pays the bills. Not loyalty. Not morale. What is needed is high job commitment. Commitment works a lot harder than loyalty, and gets more done than morale does. Commitment energizes. It empowers. It inspires creativity and pulls a person’s true potential into play. That is crucial because the organization cannot get by any more with mediocre performers. Commitment is self-nourishing it draws power from the spirit, it feeds the soul. Commitment gives meaning to work, and deepens ones sense of self-worth.

Tools to Achieve Gratifying Swiftness in Practising SCM Program.

In order to accelerate the practise of using SCM, The learner must understand and using SCOMA’s 5 Keys of Self-Competency Indicators as a tool.

Trustworthiness

Is a moral value considered to be a virtue. A trustworthy person is someone in whom you can place your trust and rest assured that the trust shall not be betrayed. A person can prove their trustworthiness by fulfilling an assigned responsibility – and as an extension of that, not to let down expectations. Trustworthiness is important because people have to believe in one another to be able to trust them with certain tasks. If you are not trustworthy, you might not get respect because people will feel like you will betray them. It is a great character value that people look for when employing people, too. Trustworthiness involves four major qualities: integrity, honesty, promise-keeping, and loyalty. Each of these qualities yields principles that tell us how a trustworthy person behaves.

Patience

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

Aristotle

It has never been easy to be patient, but it’s probably harder now than at any time in history. In a world where messages and information can be sent across the world instantly, everything is available with only a few clicks of the mouse. We have been taught from an early age that patience is a virtue, but to what end? To be sure, patience in employee relations, business negotiations, and in achieving strategic goals is important. Patience is a valuable criteria and can be a game changer both personally and professionally.

Comprehension

An ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or knowledge acquired as a result). How well you learn something, not how fast you learn it, is the critical factor in remembering. Comprehending means your ability to translate information into meaningful ideas you understand. Five basic principles of good comprehension include:

  • Something that doesn’t make sense to you is hard to learn; the more meaningful you make it, the easier it is to learn.
  • The more you know about a subject, the easier it is to understand new information about it.
  • The more interested you are in a subject, the easier it is to comprehend.
  • Your ability to distinguish main points from details and tell the difference between significant details and unimportant details is the most important skill.
  • Learning, understanding ideas, means you must fit each new piece of information into the subject’s “big picture,” not just memorize bits of details.

Recognition

In psychology, a person seeking excessive recognition, or unnecessary recognition, could themselves be exhibiting traits of a narcissistic personality disorder. As a means to increase productivity, communication, and satisfaction in the workplace, recognition is a tool used by many successful organizations to address these challenges. Recognition can be used in multiple models, including manager-to-employee, employee-to-manager, and peer-to-peer. In terms of employment, individuals within an organization can acknowledge each other for great attitudes, individual efforts and team contributions that help build a great culture and positive work environment.

Say No To Procrastination

Procrastination is the thief of time. People often find that they have difficulty accomplishing goals and completing tasks because of procrastination. Motivational psychologists have shown that there are some cognitive and behavioural strategies that can be helpful in overcoming procrastination. Therefore let us learn to start to Say No to Procrastination.

SCOMA’s Main Self-Development Indicators In Maintaining and Sustaining The SCM Approach & Values.

In order to sustain & maintain the achievement of practising SCOMA’s SCM approaches and values and to succeed in applying SCOMA’s 5 keys of self-competency indicators, the practitioners also need to applied and use SCOMA’s Main Self-Development Indicators.

Without understanding life we are no better than animals and behave worse. We are a buyer at life’s auctions who doesn’t understand values; a cook who doesn’t understand flavours; a musician without rhythm. Understanding brings wisdom to knowledge and is of greater value than money or possessions because these can be easily gained with understanding and easily lost without it.

Lead and manage your life today and start making changes because tomorrow may be too late. If you think something is not going good in your life and that something is wrong but you do not know what, then you are likely to lose control. Perhaps it is a good time to change your life and start making changes. Successful people lead and manage their lives by change while unsuccessful people are passive and they do not dare to make changes at all. Leading and Managing your life is the best response to the fear of risk and wrong choices.