Yesterday I recorded myself on Zoom, to see how a presentation may look to others before giving it today. It was so helpful to review, notice a few things I wanted to change, and to make those changes in advance of actually giving the presentation (which was recorded and will be on the internet for the world to see, as soon as the amazing Dionne from Devoted to Video edits out the confidential conversation parts of it.)
Today I completed a self-assessment as a student in The Institute for Generative Leadership‘s Coaching Excellence in Organization program. It asked a lot of tough questions and required that I self-evaluate my competency levels on dozens of skills, and that I also self-evaluate my ability to coach these skills. I procrastinated on filling out this evaluation until today, when I was cc’d on an email which showed I was behind on turning in this and a few other assignments. (What? Behind? No time to explain, handling other pressing goals…and I’m catching up! If you are a business owner, you’ve likely been right here with me.)
I was grateful that I took time to finish the assessment and get it turned in, not merely because it removed a task from my to-do list, but because it helped me see what’s going well with me personally and professionally, what’s hungering for attention and offers a learning opportunity, and where I seriously need help.
Even successful people seriously need help. We simply can not do everything. Some things come easier for us than others. I’m right there with you, too.
So, this week I’m reflecting on these opportunities to look deeper, see more clearly, and course-correct. If you were to create a self-assessment that would best serve you today, what would you want to know?
I encourage you to set aside some time to assess your life, your professional journey, your personal cares and goals, and even skills you want to learn. What’s going well? What would you like to change? What have you done so far? What do you hope to accomplish? If you’d like, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you an assessment that I use with coaching clients, to help them get clear on priorities and what they want to change.
And once you’ve self-assessed, sit with the new information that shows up, without any self-judgment, just awareness and a mood or posture of openness to learn.
Then you’ll be ready to take the next step.