Thought I’d share this interesting data from Hay Group (illustrated by Harvard Business Review) as a follow-up to my previous posting on gender differences.

This chart shows an important way in which the genders are the SAME.  Have a look at the bottom line of the bar graph: Men and women are both pretty weak when it comes to self-awareness. (As the positive person I am, I’d love to have a fact here about where both genders excel, but I don’t have one at my fingertips. E-mail me if you can share something worth celebrating!)

Anyhow, my point: This is a classic case of “you don’t know what you don’t know.” This is why I believe coaching is becoming an increasingly popular tool for personal and professional growth. Through powerful questions and keen observation, Coaches act as a mirror for that blind spot. Coaches help you to understand yourself better – your style, your values, your strengths, your motivations – and as a result design (together) the perfect way for you to get where you want to go.

It makes improving easier – fun, even – when you have a really clear idea of who you are and where you’re starting from.