Skills, competencies, and moving forward

I was asked, recently, about skills versus competencies. The context was an individual who saw orgs having competency frameworks, but only focusing on skill development. The question was where the focus should be. And I admit I had to look up the difference first! But then I could see where the emphasis should be on skills, competencies, and moving forward.

Now, the reason I joined with IBSTPI (the International Board for Standards in Training, Performance, and Instruction) was to learn more about competencies. So I didn’t feel inadequate looking it up (and probably should’ve asked my colleagues), but my search revealed a consistent viewpoint that kept me from having to bother them. The story was that there are individual skills, but that it takes more to do a job.

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