Coaching Exercise: Wheel of Life
- Hi Everyone,
Here is a really cool coaching exercise that I use most clients. I was
asked by someone to supply a blank Wheel of Life. Here is the information
along with how to use this incredible tool! This is a free gift and we
are a non-profit group which seeks only to develop people and assist
others in development. This exercise works wonders with:
Self-discovery - EQ
Wheel of Life
I have placed a blank really cool wheel of life in my files section of my
(requires free registration)
My wheel has the following eight "spokes"
7. LIFE PLANNING
I included two documents. The first is a Word doc which is a detailed
text explanation of each of the eight spokes. The second is a Powerpoint
doc whish ha three slides:
1. Blank Wheel - for client to take notes
2. Detailed Wheel - with brief descriptions of each spoke
3. Wheel Assessment - for client to assess themselves on each spoke.
The documents are editable and you can change the names of the spokes if
you desire or remove the names all together.
In the files section you will find several hundred free downloadable
assessments, group coaching exercises, power quote docs, team building
stuff and a whole bunch more...it is a powerful set of documents!
How I use the Wheel of Life
I begin with a discussion on balance:
"Is there any such thing as life balance?"
Many believe yes many believe no...some just don't know. Then, I tell my
story of going to the circus. I always ask people questions to better
understand people and to create examples, case studies or motivational
mini-stories (like this one). There was a guy at the circus that balanced
stuff...cups, plated, broom sticks and a bunch of other odd objects. I
was astounded...so I followed him out (of course, to ask questions.) I
asked "What is your secret to balancing?" (my intent was to get his
secret to balance then I could share it with my coaching clients.)
He was perturbed and responded, "There is no such thing as balance." I
was devastated because I saw a really good story in the making and now
this circus artist was walking away. In my shocked state, I yelled back,
"But, sir I just watched you balance 30-40 items one on top of the
He turned around and angrily said "IF you were watching you saw NO
balance at all...everything was in total movement. It was up to me to
keep it all from crashing." He then turned and left quickly ignoring my
pleas for more information.
The Wheel of life is just that...there are many areas (spokes) in my life
and all are in constant flux...ever moving...ever changing. I NEVER reach
this utopia of balance...strive, yes....achieve...NO WAY! The minute my
finances are straight, I have an argument with my wife. Once I have my
career spoke clicking, my health begins to fail. Once I start developing
(like participating in the CTI discussion group) then my family suffers.
If I am in a group setting I get a broom and balance it on one finger as
I explain all of the above. I will eventually let the broom drop and show
what happens if I do not work on ALL spokes...things come crashing down.
I then begin a discussion on each of the spokes. (I am working on an
assessment to remove my mini-lecture here.) Once I have explain the
spokes I then have them assess their spokes (this is one of the
slides/pages in the PowerPoint listed above.):
- They score them selves by placing a dot on the number that best
represents each spoke (1 = poor, 10 = you teach a class on the subject)
- The I ask them to connect the dots.
- I then ask for a volunteer to give me their numbers (1-10) from their
assessment of each of the spokes (I do not ask for the spoke name, just
- Then I record these numbers on a prepared flip chart with a wheel if it
is a live session.
- Then I ask "If you just bought four new tires and you drove away from
the store with the tire (wheel) you have just drawn...how happy would you
1. Protrusions: areas - spokes that stick way out.
Learning lesson: Over time these will eventually be whittled down to the
lower scoring spokes.
2. Hubs - they score 4-5 on everything. I give a visual of two trucks. A
monster truck and a match-box truck.
Learning lesson: One revolution on the monster truck's wheels will bring
the truck across the room. One revolution on the match-box truck's
wheels will yield less than a few centimeters.
I also, allow the group to determine their OWN eight areas and use the
exercise as above. Feel free to use my material as needed.
Hope it helps,
OnPoint Learning, LLC
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