"The Scaling Tool"
Assessing progress and commitment
Chris Allan's - Coaching Corner Newsletter
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The seventeenth in our series of Life Coaching tools that we have chosen to share exclusively with you, our subscribers, is the “Scaling Tool ”, used to assess someone’s progress or their level of satisfaction in relation to the outcomes they desire.
When we use the Scaling Tool in coaching, it can be a really good way of helping someone gauge how they are coping with their tasks, objectives, or to clarify how much they are willing to take ownership of things for moving forward.
Here is how we might use it –
“Tell me, on a scale of 1 -10…
- How much progress have you made towards this goal we’re talking about?
- How satisfied are you in this area of your life?
- How committed are you to seeing this through to reach your goal?”
We’d then use the score they give to discuss their options further.
One of the great benefits of scaling is that it helps our Clients carefully consider where they sit in relation to their ideal outcome (which would be their 10/10).
So, when using a scaling assessment, ask yourself what your 10/10 might be, and what your 1/10 might be like. Make sure to acknowledge the polar difference between your ideal 10/10, and then the lower 1/10, ensuring that you’re clear on where you sit on the scale.
You could imagine a coaching session going something like this –
“On a scale of 1 – 10, where 10/10 is your perfect situation in that you know what you have to do, you are totally focused and organised for the task at hand, and you are able to achieve everything you want to achieve a day sooner than expected, and as a result you feel great!”
“… then 1/10 at the other end of the scale is where you are so disorganised that you achieve absolutely nothing, you’re a day behind schedule, you don’t really know what you want to achieve and if you’re honest you don’t even know where to begin…”
“Where would you say you are on this scale?”
Most people will be able to come up with a comfortable mid-point between the two poles which we can then build upon with further questions like –
“So you’ve scored yourself with a ‘4’ there, which is pretty good. What do you feel you are doing right which has helped you score that ‘4’..? "
- Which then leads to more exploring positive questions.
If you are creating a scale for yourself to use in a similar fashion, remember to always use ‘1’ as opposed to ‘zero’ on the lower pole of your scale, as a score of ‘zero’ cannot be built upon, and subconsciously projects a suggestion of worthlessness.
Once you have established where your current position on the scale lies, it’s time to see how you can improve from that point.
Now consider where you are on the scale, for example at ‘6’, and ask yourself what things can you do now to move yourself to a ‘7’, or even an ‘8’.
When we use scaling techniques in coaching it is great way to assess our Client’s degree of commitment to working through the issues or tasks we’ve talked about, and being committed to action is essential for achieving your goals. A life coach will always demonstrate commitment to a Client, but their relationship is like a working partnership where both parties need to work together or it won’t get the desired results.
Place a measurement of commitment onto your own goals, and challenge yourself in what you need to do to get your score up to a higher level of satisfaction. If you are scoring under 8/10 then there would appear to be something that is holding you back from achieving more.
What can you do that would bring your scale score up to a score of 10/10?
- We'd love to hear how you got on with your Scaling Tool in the comments box below!
Did you know…?
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Chris Allan is Master Coach, and Director of Full Circle Solutions Life & Business Coaching Academy.
With over 12 years experience working in both the public and private sectors, Chris combines
his valuable leadership and management experience, and extensive coaching and mentoring,
with his empathy and support for personal change and business development.
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