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 Wheel is not used only once and discarded. The power of the Wheel is in its continued use, to track progress toward the ideal state for each segment LIfe Wheel 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/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 “values” where an individual checks in how they feel they are aligning or demonstrating organisational, leadership or personal values.

The intention of the Wheel is to drive and focus of the Coaching relationship and by having your Client regularly check-in progress, you have valuable information to underpin your Coaching conversations and drive accountability, self-awareness and motivation. Below are some specific examples of leading practices relating to the use of Coaching Wheels in Achiiva.

  • Regular Check In – Provide guidelines on the minimum frequency you require your Client ‘check in’ progress. For some wheels this can be daily, for others weekly, fortnightly or monthly. This ensures that progress is regularly captured and provides a great point of reference for your Coaching conversations.
  • Life in Balance – Use a foundation wheel, your own version of a ‘Life Wheel’ to underpin your Coaching. It provides great insight into your Clients overall environment and state of being.
  • Describe a ‘10’ – Every time you set up a driver (segment) for a wheel, have a conversation with your client to gain clarity on what a ‘10’ looks like. Some things are challenging to measure progress on, but if you have fundamental agreement on what success looks like, both you and your Client will enjoy the journey a lot more and your Coaching conversations will be much more effective. These conversations alone are powerful Coaching conversations.
    • For example, if one of the drivers is ‘finance’ what does this look like? What does it really mean? What would you expect your client to have, do or be if they rated themselves as a ‘10’? What does your client think they would have, do or be if they rated themselves at a ‘10’? For example a 10 = “I have leveraged revenue to cover all my living expenses”. While you are at it, you also might want to talk about what a ‘5’ looks like.
    • Talking about outcomes in this way opens very powerful conversations and provides an excellent basis for all future conversations relating to that wheel/driver. It aims to make subjective outcomes more tangible and real, it makes it easier to discuss the driver, self-assess, provide feedback and identify actions to improve
  • Driver descriptions – Once you have agreed on a ‘10’ looks like, capture this information in the ‘Driver Description’ area of the app for easy reference.
  • Goal Wheels – Create Coaching Wheels specific to the goals you are working on. For example, you could create a Wheel called  “Write and Publish a Book by 31.2.2017”. Creating a goal wheel allows you to capture more meaningful information and allows you Client more powerful reflection on their journey to Goal Achievement. By way of example this goal wheel could contain the following segments (drivers):
    • Motivation – 10 = I am excited and motivated to take all the necessary steps to complete by book.
    • Progress – 10 = The book is published and available for distribution.
    • Commitment – 10 = I am committed to do whatever it takes to have my book written and published by 31.02.2017
    • Beliefs – 10 = All my thoughts and beliefs support me achieving this goal.
    • Skills & Support  – 10 = I have all the necessary skills and/or support to achieve my goal.
  • Driver descriptions – Once you have agreed on a ‘10’ looks like, capture this information in the ‘Driver Description’ area of the app for easy reference.
  • All check-ins are good check-ins – Any time a Client checks-in it is a win for the Coach. It is important to communicate that progression and regression are common and a reality of human achievement. Hence, if one week a Client registers an 8 and the next a 4, it is a great sign that you have created a powerful Coaching environment where your Client feels safe to communicating reality with you.
  • At Least One Wheel – Always have at least one wheel with your Client (you can have as many wheels as you like). You can even set up a wheel with just one driver! A trend we are seeing come up more often. For example a wheel titled “Saving For A Holiday” where a 10 = “I have saved $10,000 for my holiday.”
  • Private then Share – If you want to play with ideas for Coaching Wheels (or goals) you can create them as Private and once you are ready you can share them with your Client.
  • Personal Wheels – Set up a private wheel for your own use. This wheel could reflect the key areas of development you are aiming to achieve in your career, life or business right now.
  • Endless Ideas – We are staggered at the innovative use of Coaching wheels. Coaches and clients love them so have fun!

Key things to know about using Coaching Wheels in Achiiva;

  • You can have multiple wheels going at any one time. Eg. you might have a life wheel and a Financial Health wheel for a client. 
  • When a wheel is shared between a coach and a client, only the client can check in their progress but the coach and client can update any other wheel information at any time.
  • You can delete a wheel at any time.
  • Wheels can be kept private.
  • The February 2017 release of Achiiva will enable you to ‘archive’ wheels that are no longer relevant. This way they can be kept as part of the coaching history.

Below are some examples of Coaching Wheels. If you want more information you will find it here. Financial Coaching Wheel Self Care Coaching Wheel Nutrition Coaching Wheel managing-self-wheel Art Coaching Wheel Performance Management Coaching Wheel Project Management Skills Coaching Wheel Executive Coaching Wheel