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Competence

  • The code of competence is the only system of morality that's on a gold standard.

  • It was not the matter of the work, but the mind that went into it, that counted — and the man who was not content to do small things well would leave great things undone.

  • Ambition is destruction, only competence matters.

  • Frankie never fumbled. She was competent even in her mistakes. When she blundered, she did so thoroughly, and with unflinching assurance. Confronted by this assurance, the rabbit of reason became parazlyzed: it was impossible to believe Frankie could be mistaken.

  • Women are penalized both for deviating from the masculine norm and for appearing to be masculine. When women try to establish their competence, they are scrutinized for evidence that they lack masculine (instrumental) characteristics as well as for signs that they no longer possess female (expressive) ones. They are taken to fail, in other words, both as a male and as a female.

  • Stories told around the water-cooler as well as statistics confirm that a man's competence is more likely to be presupposed, a woman's questioned.

  • Not everyone in an organization is in a position to accumulate power through competent performance because most people are just carrying out the ordinary and the expected — even if they do it very well. The extent to which a job is routinized fails to give an advantage to anyone doing it because 'success' is seen as inherent in the very establishment of the position and the organization surrounding it. Neither persons nor organizations get 'credit' for doing the mandatory or the expected.

  • Competence is a great creator of confidence.