There are three areas to keep in mind when you’re looking at developing coaching tools: the need of the client, the client’s desired outcome, and how to bridge the gap between the need and the goal.
Hi everyone, this is Nick Bosk here for your Coaching 101 Minute recap of our Coaching 101 classes here at International Coach Academy this week. We had students from Ireland, the UK, Greece, India, US, Canada, Australia and Shanghai. This question is perfect, since ICA students develop their own set of tools as part of their graduation requirements.
(0:01) Creating more momentum with coaching tools
(0:46) Focus on the needs of the client
(1:09) What is the client’s ultimate goal?
(1:28) What is the path to connecting the client’s need and goal?
(2:16) Coaching Tool Example: The Wheel of Life
(2:51) Draw a circle with eight core life areas
(3:35) Rate your balance in each area on a scale from 1 to 10
(4:19) How round is your wheel of life?
1) Identify The Client’s Need
In what area does the client need growth? Maybe the client needs help finding a new job, a new relationship, or to lose weight. Identify first, the client’s need.
2) Identify The Client’s Desired Outcome
What does the client want to achieve once action has been taken? How much weight do they want to lose? What type of job would they like to see themselves having? What type of relationships would they like to have? Identify the client’s desired outcome.
3) Bridge The Gap Between the Need and The Outcome
This sounds very basic, but this is most important when using and developing coaching tools. Look at what is the need, what is the desired outcome and let’s figure out a way we can get there together. I usually do this as an open conversation with my clients, having them do a life inventory: what is it that they have, what is it that they need, and what is it that they want to have. We can develop these together. This is really where the magic of coaching happens because you, the coach, do not know exactly what is right for this client, but the client will be able to uncover, with your help, the perfect solution to take action.
4.) The Wheel of Life
Here is an example of a type of coaching tool that we often use in coaching. It’s called the Wheel of Life. This exercise will help to clarify priorities for goal setting and give some clues on how to balance our personal and professional lives. Using the Wheel of Life for yourself, you will begin to see areas where you are strong, and other areas that require more attention.
Balance must be assessed regularly over time.
It begins with a large circle, divided into eight different section. Each one of these eight sections is a specific area of your life. For the sake of our illustration, we are going to label them, but your can choose whatever those eight may be for you. They are: physical environment like your home, your career, money, health, friends and family, significant other/romance, personal growth and learning, fun, leisure and recreation. Think of it as a big pizza.
In each one of these sections, rank on a scale from 0 to 10 how much you feel balance and fulfillment in that section of your life. For example, if this area is mastered give it a 10. If you feel this area is neglected, give it a zero. Do you really love your job, if so you want to give your career a full 10. Maybe we have some debt and some savings, give it a 5. Perhaps you have a great time with your significant other, but you like to have more time because everyone’s busy, so give it a 7.
Go through all eight of the areas to see what this wheel would look like if it was physically made. Would it be bumpy, or would it be smooth?
Ask Yourself: How Successful or How Round is Your Wheel of Life?
With the ultimate goal being that all these areas are filled in… how well does your Wheel of Life roll?
There were some other good questions asked in class this week.
- If I have never been in a coaching related field or a career path, can I still learn to coach?
- What is the learning philosophy at International Coach Academy?
- How do your students learn?
- Can I start coaching as soon as possible or do I need to wait a certain time as a student here at ICA.
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