My peer assessment is different than my own. What should I do?!

You may have chosen for your ImproveMe journey to include a ‘peer assessment’ from a close friend, family member, teacher, coach or other trusted person who wants to support your personal development.

If you did, congratulations! Peer assessment typically leads to an increase in ongoing motivation to continually improve.

It can be common for us to deliver quite a critical perspective of ourselves and our competencies in self assessments, and peer assessments can help balance this view for us. Similarly, many of us have ‘blind spots’ (or unknown opportunities for improvement) that may only become evident through a peer assessment. Therefore you may find that the assessment given by your peer is different to the results of your own self assessment.

Differing results creates an excellent opportunity for you to sit down and discuss the outcomes with your peer. Ask why they rated you as they did for the questions highlighted on the comparison email you received, and listen carefully to their answer. You might be able to uncover your ‘blind spots’ and learn important things about your skills and talents that you were not aware of before.

After your discussion with your peer, consider the new perspectives you have been given and decide which two competencies you will focus on as a result, remembering this could be a combination from your self assessment and peer assessment. Personal development is all about revision and improvement, whatever your chosen field!

If you have a subscription to the ImproveMe Development Portal and require your featured competencies to be updated following your peer assessment discussion, please email us at with the details.

Congratulations for exhibiting the courage to include the independence of a trusted peer assessor in your journey. Your commitment to personal improvement is well and truly underway.