Competence and Content

In the process of explaining what the difference is between Coaching and Consulting I often talked about the “products” both activities deliver: Competence and Content. But these terms are vague and broad interpretable. The list below comes from a presentation that I gave and is a first attempt to shine more light on this subject.

Some remarks:

  • Change (things in general) can be looked at from a content and a competence perspective.
  • Both aspects, content and competence, are only functional when in balance.
  • They are created in different ways:
  • Content: Project management
  • Competence: Learning experience

For example
A written role description is a static product, content. The ability to understand the consequences and have the skills to perform the role is a competence. It comes with experience.

List

Content

Competence

Consulting

Coaching

General

Personal

Product

Process

Status

Growth

Concrete

Not tangible

Rational

Intuition

Directive

Interdependent

Objective

Subjective

Science

Art

Static

Permanent growth

Structure, Process description, Tools

Ability, Skills, Attitude