Competency OR Talent? - CiteHR
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Dear All,

In his book First, Break all the Rules, Marcus Buckingham says:

Competencies are part skills, part knowledge and part talent. They lump together, haphazardly, Consequently, even though designed with clarity in mind, competencies can wind up confusing everybody. Managers soon find themselves sending people off to training classes to learn such "competencies" as strategic thinking or attention to detail or innovation. But these aren't competencies. These are talents. They cannot be taught. If you are going to use competencies, make it clear which are skills or knowledge and therefore can be taught, and which are talents and therefore cannot.

So then, is competency a false concept? Author gives much emphasize on Talent rather than Competency upto much extent I agree. DO YOU?

Please let us have thoughts, views, opinion on this so that it will be helpful to go beyond Competency mapping and model to identify, assess and even learn, if possible, something which is the main cause of great and outstanding performance.

Warm Regards
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I disgree with the author. I may have a "talent", an inate ability to do something and I may have knowledge about something, but to be competent and to measure my competency, one needs to be able to identify observable behaviors .
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