When I was training to become a coach, our training manual was:
‘Co-Active Coaching. New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life.’ By Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House and Phillip Sandahl.
A lot of authors, yes, but an excellent and comprehensive book on coaching. The reason I tell you this, is that I am going to share one of their tools with you today – The Job Performance Wheel.
In coaching we often use the model of the wheel to measure change.
This wheel is fully adaptable to your own needs. You can change any of the labels on the outside.
It is simple to use. In each section mark out of ten where your level of satisfaction with this particular area lies. For example, in the section entitled Time Management, you might be a 4 out of 10, whereas in the section entitled Satisfied with my Team Participation, you might be an 8 out of 10.
10 is the outside of the circle and is most satisfied, whereas 1 is at the innermost part of the circle and is the least satisfied. Once you have scored each section, you draw in the circle. It may not look like a circle at all, seeing as it may be a bit bumpy!
This is your starting point. Then you identify the areas you need to work on, draw up a list of actions you will take , and when you will complete the actions. Then you make a note to re-do the circle in a month of two, whenever you have had sufficient time to action the areas required.
Now, word to the wise, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this. It is a very powerful technique. Some of my clients have been astonished when they have re-done the circle at the end, both by the changes they have managed to implement, and sometimes more importantly where there is still attention and action required.
The circle can change from day to day and week to week, but I would suggest measuring it on a monthly basis .
Best of luck and let me know how you go with the results.
P.S. You can use the circle for any aspect of your life whatsoever. Just put in the relevant words that speak to you for each section. Areas where you wish to make improvements. I had a client do one for weight loss and it was incredibly successful!! One of her sections was simply called ‘Chocolate biscuits!’ She cut down from having two chocolate biscuits every day to having two a week. That action alone resulted in a weight loss of 5 kilos in one month!
For leaders and executives there is also a Management Competencies wheel and an L&D wheel. For a free half hour consultation please get in touch via the online form. Thank you.