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SuperCompetent Key #1: ACTIVITY

Activity demonstrates value and reflects importance.

SuperCompetent people have an acute sense of direction, in which the nature of their Activity reflects priority. They're particularly aware of one thing that escapes most of their colleagues: that being busy and being productive are two very different things.

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SuperCompetent Key #2: AVAILABILITY

Availability is driven by Activity.

Just as setting valid priorities and goals is important, so is accepting your responsibility in carrying them out. You have to structure your schedule very carefully to ensure that things get done—because if you don't, other people will be perfectly happy to structure your schedule for you.

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SuperCompetent Key #3: ATTENTION

Attention is the ability to concentrate.

SuperCompetent workers are always tightly focused: on getting the job done, on their department's success, on their company's success, on the success of their own careers. They home in like a bloodhound on the task at hand, rather than flitting from one thing to another.

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SuperCompetent Key #4: ACCESSIBILITY

Accessibility is the ability to organize the inputs and outputs in your life.

Being productive nowadays requires many different competencies, one of which is being organized. If you excel in this competency, you have systems, rather than piles of paper and piles of files. You can find what you want, when you want it, in thirty seconds or less.

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SuperCompetent Key #5: ACCOUNTABILITY

Accountability recognizes that "the buck stops here."

SuperCompetent people mean what they say and say what they mean. They're authentic, and other people know this and appreciate them for it—and also for their refusal to blame others when unforeseen circumstances trip them up. Their intense focus on their values is borne out in their demeanor and their sense of personal responsibility.

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SuperCompetent Key #6: ATTITUDE

Attitude is your motivation, drive, and proactiveness.

The most effective people in any endeavor are those with a hard-working, positive, can- do attitude. Their attitudes exude the kind of passion that commits fully to a course of action and sees it all the way through. It's infectious, and it keeps them and others in their team moving forward, even when the way becomes difficult.

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