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Convert your perceived competence into real-world performance

Journey from competence to performance
Journey from competence to performance

In my last article I wrote about 5 rules to get your knowledge and skills noticed at workplace. You can review the article here: The key takeaway in that article was to develop a winning attitude which results in conversion of your abilities into competence.

Your entire competence does not get converted into full performance

Let me take you little further in this journey to get you noticed at your workplace. In our research we found that there was just one factor which made the difference even to top performers to stay on top and to low performers to be successful and improve performance. Based on that here are the two rules of noticeable performance at workplace.

1. Get noticed by conquering your environment

Ever heard this “You got the potential and I know you got the competence, but I am not sure what is holding you back giving a great performance”.

Does it leave you puzzled sometimes?

Your competence is not yet proven and visible in the real-world. There is crucial component which makes your competence visible to world. This is called environment.

What is the environment? It could mean several things including real Job environment, closer-to-life issue or problem, real-life scenarios, changing conditions and situations you encounter around you within which you are required to work.

There are many internal and external environment factor and variables which may affect your competence. External factors could be- pressure, competition, job stress, relationships, etc. Example a great boss who trust your abilities may do wonder for you. Internal factors could be negative or positive. Sometimes jealously with your peers, a negative internal factor, also plays an important role developing competence.

Not everyone gets idea environment. And then several other professionals do work in same environment as you. Then why do you feel he is being noticed more than you?

What it means to you?

Abilities, Attitude and Competence alone or collectively do not give you competitive edge when surrounded by similarly abled professionals. You won’t get a competitive edge until you conquer your environment.

The one who masters the environment get noticed. Mastering it requires you to assess it how well and where exactly it is in alignment with your best competence. That’s your sweet spot for you to excel faster.

2. Show real world success by converting perceived competence into performance

Going back to my example of driving the car, while bringing the car on the real roads, I developed an approach to keep one reference mark on windscreen to follow the lane or curb. This helped me keep the turning of the wheel precisely in accordance with the degree of curvature. What I developed was an attitude and with that attitude I got into competence zone. As I started using this newly learnt competence in real-life situations (real roads), I was actually able to “show” my ability to drive on freeway and swift pass the cars to change the lanes. I was performing.

Let me give you an equation here.

Competence + Environment = Performance

In simpler words, performance means: You are “actually” able to do it!! You have “proved” (demonstrated) it in closer to real-life or actual real-life situations.

Don’t you see last you scored ‘outstanding rating’ and this year it was just ‘good’. Why? The competence when interacts with environment and comes in visible form is called performance (this is what you are actually able to do).

What it means to you?

The fundamental law of personal performance is that your entire competence may or may not transform into performance. Environment acts an important transfer function and it depends on it how much of your competence actually get converted as performance.

In order for you to convert all of your competence into performance, you need to very cognizant about the environment you are working in.

In conclusion,

If you want to be a great performer, you cannot do it alone with putting all your energy and efforts on your knowledge, skills, abilities, attitude or competence. You need to be cognizant about your environment and master it. By mastering your environment, you can convert your perceived competence into real-world performance which is noticed by your colleagues and superiors at workplace.

Excerpt taken from DNA of Mastery and Practical Wisdom: A Journey from Knowledge to Mastery @ Personal Resonance©

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