Character, Competence and Connection

"A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination."

- Nelson Mandela

Winning in the workplace and life requires three elements; CharacterCompetence, and Connection. With apologies to Meatloaf, two out of three is bad. High performers need all three qualities.


In the diagram above, character is the inner circle. Why? Because we must be solid on the inside first. When we live with integrity, we develop self-confidence and earn the respect of others. 

All of us are gifted in a unique way. Our responsibility is to develop and refine our gifts to serve others. In a world of carpenters, decide to be a craftsman. Do your work with skill and mastery.

Connection is the outer circle because the first thing people notice about you is your attitude and how you act toward them. This sounds really corny but people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. The most important things in life are not things. 

Are you the complete package?