COMPETENCE means the ability – the know-how – to do a job properly. Competence relates to every aspect of your life, including your personal satisfaction, relationship happiness and job success.
Competence isn’t just one skill but a set of behaviors that enables you to effectively perform a specific role. For example, in my spouse’s business (massage therapy), a job candidate must demonstrate good technical skill but – like most business owners – my spouse looks for much more when interviewing someone. Competence in his business starts with good massage skills but also includes being properly dressed for the clientele (physical appearance), putting a client at ease (establish trust), understanding the importance of mastering the business side of massage (making appointments, keeping records, invoicing) and working in a team (functioning in the office with other therapists).
Every role in life requires some level of competence to be successful. That’s why:
- Having a baby doesn’t mean you are a competent mother
- Meeting your “soulmate” doesn’t make you (or him) a good partner for marriage
- Being a good accountant doesn’t make you a good department manager
- Doing a good job doesn’t insure you’ll get noticed for a promotion
- Using facebook and twitter doesn’t mean you can call yourself a social media consultant
This month I’m challenging you to check your personal, social, emotional and career competence.
More Articles from this month’s Victory Theme
- Who Could Get Hurt?
Incompetence could have gotten me, my spouse or someone else killed.
Here’s what happened…
- Competence – Stage 1 – Are You Ready for Success?
- Success and Competence: Stage 2 – Conscious Incompetence
- Success and Competence: Stage 3 – Conscious Competence