In many of my jobs, I was very competent. In the Navy, I was an excellent EOOW (Engineering Officer of the Watch - in charge of the sub's nuclear plant). In my NRC days, I was probably the best Nuclear Simulator operator licensing engineer. When I was an instructor, I was very good at the simulator.
The Chicago Blackhawks are very competent at playing hockey as shown by their Stanley Cup victory. My wife is very competent in most every thing she does. My kids are extremely competent as parents.
Why can't we have a competent President? P.O. has failed as an ambassador for the US (he apologizes every where he goes for our faults(or at least his opinion of what are faults)), he has basically bankrupted the country with his budget (my grandkids and their kids will be paying for it), he has failed in protecting the country, and he has failed in his handling of the gulf oil spill.
P.O. is in over his head. He has never run anything. I thought he was at least competent; boy was I wrong! The Peter Principle at its finest!
“Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence” Napoleon Bonaparte
“A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.” John J. Pershing
“The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.” Elbert Hubbard
No human being will work hard at anything unless they believe that they are working for competence. William Glasser
Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything. Peggy Noonan
The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. Daniel P. Moynihan
Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.~Laurence J. Peter
Everyone rises to their level of incompetence. ~Laurence J. Peter
Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.~Larry McMurtry
competence (n) 1 the ability to do something successfully or efficiently • the scope of a person's or group's knowledge or ability • a skill or ability. • the legal authority of a court or other body to deal with a particular matter
2 dated an income large enough to live on, typically unearned
ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [suitable, adequate] ): from Latin competent-, from the verb competere in its earlier sense ‘be fit or proper’ (see compete ).