The month of April has been a time for us at Tatua to reflect upon the transition process that we began in January of this year.We continue to share thoughts from the Tatua staff and today James and David talk about what the transition has meant to them .
“While growing up, it has always been a tradition amongst my parents and friends not to talk about money issues. How much money they earn? How much money they need? How much money they have saved in their bank accounts?. I never understood the reason behind it. This affected me growing up to the extent that I also did not feel comfortable answering these questions.
During the transition process, it was different. We began a conversation about money and finances. How much should we earn? What would be the limits for the lowest and highest salary? This was a very challenging conversation for me and the rest of the staff but we agreed to talk about it. We want to be able to transform other organizations, our community and the world. We agreed it had to start with us and I was glad we got through it. It was a big step for the organization but also for me as an individual.”
“Talking about money is one of the most difficult topics to talk about in an organization especially if the employee is supposed to determine his/her own salary. An employee having the power to make such a decision is close to impossible in the corporate world, but in real sense very possible. In Tatua this hard task has become reality by engaging the employees in making salary decisions. Making sure that everyone agrees with the decisions made,down to the numbers. I am really happy to be a part of an organization that turns the close to impossible reality.”
What is status quo in the corporate world that you would want to see change? What comes through your mind when you think about determining your own salary?
Antony Ngala shared his thoughts on the transition and money as related to our work at Tatua Kenya from his perspective.He had quite a different way at looking at money issues. Read, comment, share. What are your thoughts on money in relation to changing the world?
“Through talking about money during the transition has drawn me to look at it on a different point of view. It is just a tool to facilitate our lives and view our work as an offering. Everyday to offer the world justice, everyday to offer an individual hope for a better tomorrow if we came together.
This work we call an offering means so much that we cannot put it on the same scale with money, it is bigger than us. Tatua Kenya questioning whether or not we are living into our values in making decisions to do with money has been evident that money is not the bottom line.”
One of the sessions we had during the transition process was on finance,to be more specific,salaries.It is not an easy conversation to have in any organisation,as an entire staff.Rose Chege continues to tell us more on the transition and share her thoughts on money.
A lot runs in our minds when topics on finances are aired,discussed,decided on,implemented etc.The question that runs through our mind majority of the time,”how is this affecting me?”.Every person who earns a lot of income is regarded as the rich,while with the lowest being the poor.But,can we live in the middle and what does it mean for us as an organisation?
We asked ourselves these very questions,though not having clear answers,one thing was clear to us.”If we want to change the world,it has to start with us”.That caught my attention.Making money is not hard in itself.What is hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting ones life to.
The reflection series on the transition process that Tatua Kenya is undergoing continues with thoughts from Jacob Okumu.
It is so easy to fall for the lure of comfort brought about by routine.We all like to do what we know best and are experienced in,its human.Routine makes change daunting and uncomfortable,even for Tatua. I thought our program was great and needed no change.We had a great idea of how things were supposed to flow, knew so well what was supposed to happen. One event after the other and by who.Little did we imagine that there could be something bigger than what we were set to do. So when the transition process began, there was fear as expected.
Every attempt to think about it only raised more questions than answers.’Why now? whats likely to change? what has triggered this transition? what does this mean for the work already running?what does this mean for us?.I have however witnessed immense strength and the extra-ordinary abilities in our team more than ever . We are willing to let go of our comforts and throw ourselves into the mud to figure things out together. Courage and commitment towards the process is clearly seen when our values are tested. I am sure we,as a team,organization and as the Tatua community,we are ready to influence our communities in a positive way.