Back to School Competencies

It’s that time of year again.

The holiday season is over, those of us lucky enough to be in paid employment or enterprise are heading back to work and the children are contemplating the imminent arrival of school, lessons and homework.


What if we had competency frameworks that weren’t just masterpieces of psychological thought? What if we said what we need to say in the way that we communicate to a child what’s expected of him or her at primary school?

We’d probably end up with something that’s not quite as precise but it could be a whole lot more meaningful. Here’s what I’d include:

  • Tell the truth – deceitfulness is never a good foundation for a career and is at the root of most corporate failure
  • Keep your promises – I suspect engagement levels in organisations would soar on the back of this one alone
  • Respect other people’s property – including passing off other peoples’ ideas as your own. If you are inspired by others, give them credit
  • If you make a mess, clear it up – Be humble, admit your mistakes and be part of putting things right
  • Say sorry without being asked – We all make mistakes. It seems to me that saying sorry is even more uncommon than saying thanks in many places
  • Stand tall and speak up – The root of much of the coaching that we do is self-confidence and self-esteem. Respect and accept yourself
  • Listen when other people are talking – That means looking away from the computer and giving somebody that gift of complete attention.
  • Count to ten – An important part of developing maturity is learning emotional control. Decisions made in haste and on the basis of incomplete information are not uncommon. We repent at leisure!
  • Daydream once in a while – Getting things done is important but respect the power of your imagination. Let your mind wander and think about the full range of possibilities. Try a new approach once in a while. Attention, It possibly also means listening with heart and not just using the time to decide what you are going to say next!

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