Archive | January, 2011

Resolve Today Not to Let Competency be a Hindrance!

23 Jan

When people start talking about their dreams & passions, they can get stirred up and excited. Sometimes, they may even get ahead of their competency. I love big dreams. They can’t be big enough for me. But I would be remiss if I didn’t say there is a hindrance here for many people. Everyone can see the end results of someone’s success, but few can comprehend the price they paid for the achievement.

I’ll never forget a call I got while I was conducting the Search for the Commissioner of Baseball.  A man called and wanted to apply for the role since he read in the newspaper that I was doing the search. “Great!” I said. “What do you do?”  “I work for Del Taco,” he said. “Interesting, are you the CEO of the company?” I asked. “Oh no,” he replied, “I work here in Dallas.” I was thinking, “Hmm, Del Taco isn’t headquartered in Dallas,” so I asked, “Are you the Regional President? Because as you know this is a pretty big job.”  “No, sir,” he said. “I’m the food preparation manager in store #184. But please don’t let that fool you, because I really love baseball, and I’m sure I can do a better job than the guy who’s been doing it!” I thanked him and told him to go ahead and send me his résumé. But did he really expect to become commissioner of baseball?


  • All jobs have competency standards that require a fundamental knowledge, ability, or expertise in a specific subject or skill set. Attaining these basic standards of competence requires a price to be paid. It takes study, practice, and a strong work ethic.
  • It isn’t enough just being ambitious, opinionated, and having a heartfelt desire to achieve a dream. One doesn’t move from being a second lieutenant to a general without mastering the ranks in between. It takes proven competence and experience to be elevated to any high position.
  • The mistake most people make is thinking you elevate yourself. But that’s not how it works. You’re elevated by others who believe in you. They recognize your gifting, talent, and competency. They also see in you some personal qualities they like and trust you will be successful.
  • Of course, it’s usually helpful to already be working in the field where you would like to succeed. There are exceptions to every rule, but your odds of being the exception are astronomical.
  • Start working on your gifts and talents now. Enjoy each step in the learning and growing process and be willing to pay the price.