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.


Tee said...

My first impression of this terminology would be to improve upon the word competent, since my first instinct is to think of adequate as was previously defined. My thoughts on adequate are “minimal skills and knowledge needed” to accomplish an advantage. Maybe "Superior Advantage" would improve this phrase, although not unique in some circles. However not taking it out of context and trying to understand one of the many overarching ideas from the original term; I would submit that it can be “Having the confidence in one's own skills and abilities enough to share experiences and capabilities to the benefit of self and others (a group with similar goals/interest), to gain a greater advantage and give value added.” This I believe can encourage self and others to stay motivated and encouraged to be on top or have the Advantage.

TimMu said...


Great idea. I love the ability to engage in dialogue with a range of people on the issues of personal development in the realm of the workplace.

And thanks for taking the risk to put your ideas out publicly and ask for comment. As hard as that can be, I do think the dialogue will create the words.

Thanks for including me. Tim.