The symbology and use of circles and Wheels has been used throughout history and the overriding use of these concepts have been in depicting connection with the circle of life and human development. It is no surprise therefore, that the ‘Coaching Wheel’ is a key Coaching tool.

When we track the history of the ‘Wheel’, even in ancient use, the Wheel is drawn with a centre point from which all else expands out, and may reverse or contract back in, depending on the circumstances. An outward movement depicts expansion, inward contraction.

Over time these concepts have found their way into the field of human development. The most famous and common application of the Wheel is the life Wheel. A Wheel that consists of multiple segments, each segment representing an area of life.

Progress is mapped by a self assessment process where the centre of the Wheel represents no progress and the outer edge of the Wheel represents the ideal state. A typical life Wheel could look something like the following.

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A Wheel is not used only once and discarded. The power of the Wheel is in its continued use, as a Client tracks their progress toward the ideal state for each segment

The ‘Life Wheel’ may have been the first Wheel in use by Coaches, but today there are endless varieties. Each one specific to the Coaching engagement taking place. The Wheel provides us with a tool that goes beyond the traditional concept of ‘SMART’ Goals and enables us to define areas that are important for our Clients to work on. It also enables us to capture progress in areas that may not fit the ‘SMART’ concept. For example a Wheel segment could be an emotion such as “Happiness” where the Client captures how happy they are feeling at a point in time, a segment called “life purpose” where a Client rates how aligned they are with their “life’s purpose” or a segment called “values” where an individual checks in how they feel they are aligning with organisational, leadership or personal values. 

The intention of the Wheel is to drive and focus of the Coaching relationship and by having you Client regularly check-in progress, you have valuable information to underpin your Coaching conversations.

In short

  • Wheels enable movement to be captured and tracked and fuel powerful coaching conversations.
  • Goals drive actions and accountability but are not necessarily the best tool to capture, measure and inspire the overall journey.

Things to know:
• In Achiiva you can set up as many customised Wheels as you like.
• Each Wheel can have from one to ten segments (or Drivers as we call them).
• Wheels can form part of a Coaching relationship and you can have Private wheels too.
• Each client can have multiple wheels, and you can have multiple private wheels.
• When a Wheel is shared only the Client can check in/record their Progress.
• When a Wheel is shared the Coach and Client can view all the Progress history at any time.
• If you have a favourite Wheel you only ever need to set it up once in Achiiva, because you can copy a wheel at any time. When you copy a wheel it only copies the core wheel information, it does not copy any of the progress information. It is a new fresh wheel!
• To find out how to set up a Wheel in Achiiva click here.
• To find out how to check in progress on a Wheel click here.