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"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us" (Socrates) 

"To thine own self be true" (Shakespeare)

Much of our journey in life, whether through families, school, employment, business, relationships or even retirement can be enhanced if we know and understand ourselves. Unfortunately, in my experience, both personally and with many of my clients, a focus on functional and technical education in our early lives is not accompanied by a true understanding of self. This is where a number of assessments may assist.

Alignment of our personality, values and behaviours with what we do and how we interact may lead to a much more fulfilling and less stressful life. It's why I like to understand people, and them to understand themselves, before we work on their goals.

The tools at the right are just that - tools to help us understand ourselves and how we relate to others and provide another starting point for a coaching conversation.

I see some sort of order of personal understanding which to some extent follows our childhood experiences > education > employment> business >life path:

1. Thinking Preferences - based upon the work of Ned Herrmann and his Whole Brain model, we can measure our thinking preferences on things like communication, decision making, problem solving and teamwork [Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument]

2. Personality (General/Introductory) - knowing you and your preferences of gaining energy, gathering information, making decisions and dealing with the outer world [Myers Briggs Type Indicator]

3. Personality, Values, Potential Derailers (Sophisticated and Business Oriented) - a more complex assessment that measures our others see us, our values and strengths which potentially can become derailers when under pressure [Hogan Assessments]

4. Role and Leadership Competencies - understanding the particular competencies required for a role from entry level through to leadership and then measuring fit [Lominger Leadership Architect]

5. Learning Agility - our willingness and ability to adapt past learning experiences to new or first time situations [Lominger viaEdge]

6. Work Behaviours - how you take your natural personality profile and adjust it to the demands of a work environment [Extended DISC]

7. Emotional Intelligence - how you use various emotional and social capabilities, competencies and skills tp influence your ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures [Bar-On EQi and EQ360]

8. Leadership Style - the combination of styles (constructive, passive/defensive and aggressive/defensive) you use in managing and leading others [Human Synergistics Life Styles Inventory]

9. Retirement Transition - how you prepare for the "retirement" from one role into another [Life Options Profile]

I encourage you to explore the various links at the left and above on these aspects to help build your self understanding.

Please note that there are many assessment tools available and the ones on this page are just those in which I have trained and worked. With some clients, I either do not use any tools as they may not be relevant to the coaching needs or alternatively, my client has been assessed in another tool by someone else and I use that as a basis for a coaching conversation.

My Assessment & Development Tools
(thinking preferences)


(personality type - simple)

Hogan Assessments
(personality, values, derailers) 

(role competencies, career stallers, global focus areas)

(behaviour - natural and adjusted)

Emotional Intelligence

(emotional intelligence)