Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Thank you for taking time to visit the Competent Advantage community.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary offers several definitions for competent, including:

  • Having requisite or adequate ability or qualities
  • Legally qualified or adequate
  • Having the capacity to function or develop in a particular way

It also provides various definitions for advantage, including:

  • Superiority of position or condition
  • Benefit resulting from some course of action

In creating this Competent Advantage community (and corresponding workshops), aside from coining a somewhat unique title, I would like to encourage dialogue and information exchange about how we each use our knowledge to achieve great things.

I’d define competent advantage as a keen awareness of the talents and abilities that will help one to stand out (and for) something great. [Greatness, of course, is in the eye of the beholder.]

This, to me, implies a greater focus on developing and tapping into one’s internal strengths as opposed to concentrating on external rivalries. Not to say that we should be blind to what’s happening in the world around us. More that we should leverage our strengths (and lessons learned) to succeed in spite of obstacles that may be thrown our way.

I’m happy to share my thoughts and ideas with you, as I’ve learned that it’s important for us to tell our stories. Hopefully, this information exchange will help you step out and think more creatively about your goals and begin defining your competent advantage.

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