Capability refers to the power or ability to do something.

While capabilities are difficult to define, they are often the most sought after and respected characteristics of people, organisations and systems:

What people respect about the companies is not how they are structured or their specific approaches to management, but their capabilities—an ability to innovate, for example, or to respond to changing customer needs. Such organizational capabilities, as we call them, are key intangible assets. You can’t see or touch them, yet they can make all the difference in the world when it comes to market value Harvard Business Review:

In a world faced with complex, large-scale and urgent problems, such as climate change, COVID-19 and the Sustainable Development Goals it is important to understand how capabilities can be developed to address challenges and achieve goals effectively. These capabilities are required for individuals, organisations, infrastructure and governments:

  • People capability: This describes personal capability and ability to achieve results.
  • Management capability: This refers to power and abilities to achieve results through other people.
  • Organisational capability: This the ability of an organisation to achieve the goals it sets for itself.
  • Business capability: This is the power of a business to achieve defined business results and goals.
  • Building capability: This the ability of management, occupants and a building to achieve particular levels of performance.
  • Neighbourhood capability: This is the power and ability of a community to achieve goals within their area.
  • City capability: This is the power and ability of a government, business and civil society to achieve defined goals within cities and settlements.
  • Government capability: This is the power and ability of a government to work with its citizens to achieve specific impacts and goals.

Gauge Capability develops capabilities by providing access to courses, guides and tools. The name Gauge Capability was developed to reflect the emphasis on developing capabilities through measuring, design, measuring, implementation, measuring, improvement, measuring and achieving.