Core Competencies

Whatever our lot in life, we can obtain more success by continually working on our core competencies. Expanding and refining our skill set leads to better opportunities. Additionally, we will further our understanding of our value proposition, and be better able to demonstrate our value to others.

I use a collection of tips, tools and suggestions to help me reflect on my core competencies, and find ways to improve them.

The ten most desirable core competencies, as identified by CEB.

  1. Ability to Prioritize
  2. Work well in teams
  3. Organizational Awareness
  4. Effective Problem Solving
  5. Self-Awareness
  6. Proactivity
  7. Ability to Influence
  8. Effective Decision Making
    • Identify and understand the problem
    • Examine potential solutions
    • Define a plan of action and implement
    • Analyze the results.
  9. Learning Agility
    • Increase learning agility: Attempt innovation, reflect, take risks, and accept feedback
  10. Technical savvy

25 Most common logic fallacies, as identified by Logically Fallacious

Understanding logic fallacies will undoubtedly give you an advantage when it comes time to persuade an individual or group. A great place to start is by learning the 25 most common logic fallacies.

  1. Ad Hominem
  2. Appeal to Common Belief
  3. Appeal to Faith
  4. Ambiguity Fallacy
  5. Anonymous Authority
  6. Argument by Emotive Language
  7. Argument from Ignorance
  8. Begging the Question
  9. Biased Sample Fallacy
  10. Equivocation
  11. Failure to Elucidate
  12. False Dilemma
  13. Hasty Generalization
  14. Magical Thinking
  15. Moving the Goal Posts
  16. Poisoning the Well
  17. Prejudicial Language
  18. Questionable Cause
  19. Red Herring
  20. Reductio ad Hitlerum
  21. Slippery Slope
  22. Special Pleading
  23. Strawman Fallacy
  24. Weak Analogy
  25. Wishful Thinking

31 Core Competencies, a summary from “The Value Added Employee”.

  1. Competencies Dealing with People

The Leading Others Cluster

  1. Establishing Focus:The ability to develop and communicate goals in support of the business’ mission.
  1. Providing Motivational Support:The ability to enhance others’ commitment to their work.
  1. Fostering Teamwork:As a team member, the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team; as a team leader, the ability to demonstrate interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together.

Behaviors for Team Members

Behaviors for Team Leaders

  1. Empowering Others:The ability to convey confidence in employees’ ability to be successful, especially at challenging new tasks; delegating significant responsibility and authority; allowing employees freedom to decide how they will accomplish their goals and resolve issues.
  1. Managing Change:The ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization’s effectiveness; initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change; helping others to successfully manage organizational change.

Employee Behaviors

Manager/Leader Behaviors

  1. Developing Others:The ability to delegate responsibility and to work with others and coach them to develop their capabilities.
  1. Managing Performance:The ability to take responsibility for one’s own or one’s employees’ performance, by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against the goals, ensuring feedback, and addressing performance problems and issues promptly.

Behaviors for employees

Behaviors for managers

Communication and Influencing Cluster

  1. Attention to Communication:The ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed.
  1. Oral Communication:The ability to express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others.
  1. Written Communication:The ability to express oneself clearly in business writing.
  1. Persuasive Communication:The ability to plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audiences.
  1. Interpersonal Awareness:The ability to notice, interpret, and anticipate others’ concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others.
  1. Influencing Others:The ability to gain others’ support for ideas, proposals, projects, and solutions.
  1. Building Collaborative Relationships:The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.
  1. Customer Orientation:The ability to demonstrate concern for satisfying one’s external and/or internal customers.
  1. Competencies Dealing with Business

The Preventing and Solving Problems Cluster

  1. Diagnostic Information Gathering:The ability to identify the information needed to clarify a situation, seek that information from appropriate sources, and use skillful questioning to draw out the information, when others are reluctant to disclose it
  1. Analytical Thinking:The ability to tackle a problem by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  1. Forward Thinking:The ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies.
  1. Conceptual Thinking:The ability to find effective solutions by taking a holistic, abstract, or theoretical perspective.
  1. Strategic Thinking:The ability to analyze the organization’s competitive position by considering market and industry trends, existing and potential customers (internal and external), and strengths and weaknesses as compared to competitors.
  1. Technical Expertise:The ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge and skill in a technical
    area.

The Achieving Results Cluster

  1. Initiative:Identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it.
  1. Entrepreneurial Orientation:The ability to look for and seize profitable business opportunities; willingness to take calculated risks to achieve business goals.
  1. Fostering Innovation:The ability to develop, sponsor, or support the introduction of new and improved method, products, procedures, or technologies.
  1. Results Orientation:The ability to focus on the desired result of one’s own or one’s unit’s work, setting challenging goals, focusing effort on the goals, and meeting or exceeding them.
  1. Thoroughness:Ensuring that one’s own and others’ work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
  1. Decisiveness:The ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner.

III. Self-Management Competencies

  1. Self Confidence:Faith in one’s own ideas and capability to be successful; willingness to take an independent position in the face of opposition.
  1. Stress Management:The ability to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and maintain self control in the face of hostility or provocation.
  1. Personal Credibility:Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.
  1. Flexibility:Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things.