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Walt Disney's creative thinking technique

Have you ever heard of Walt Disney's creative thinking technique? He divided our thinking process in three distinct strategies. 
The basics of his model is that you look at a situation from three different angles. You take each role one after the other one.

1) The Dreamer's Strategy :
What?
The vision
Come up with ideas. You list every idea which comes to your mind. You stay open to everything, even "crazy ideas". You will re-focus in the next role.

2) The Realist's Strategy :
How?
The action
Implement the ideas in the real world. You look for ways to make your ideas come true. You think about an action plan.

3) The Critic's Strategy :
Why?
The logic
Evaluate the ideas. You look at the advantages and disadvantages of each idea and of each implementation scenario.

After analyzing your ideas through those 3 lenses, you know what can be effectively done or not. Separating in three your thinking process helps to enlarge your horizon. You can adapt your ideas and test them a second time through each lens. You can also give up those ideas and work on others.

 

In Solution-Focused Brief Coaching, coaches use different types of questions. We actually ask you to focus on one of those three strategies.

1) Dreamer
Suppose that you have your day as usual. Tonight, you go to sleep. Tomorrow when you wake up, a miracle happened: all the things you brought here are resolved. You don't know this miracle happened because you were asleep. What are the first things which will tell you this miracle happened? 
Imagine the topic that brought you here today is gone, how would things be different?
If you used a magic wand to solve your problem, what will you do then that you are not yet doing? 

2) Realist
Think about a time you lived a similar situation. How did you overcome the problem? What are the resources you used?
What do you need to do to move even a little bit on the scale from 1 to 10?
When do parts of the outcome happen already?
How have you managed to get this far?
How did you do that?

3) Critic
What difference does that make for you?
When will be a good time for you to take the first step?
What tells you that you are there on the scale and not any lower?
How will you know that the situation has changed for the better, even a little bit?
What does that tell you about yourself?

Answering those questions makes you understand better the situation you are dealing with. And so can you find the personalized and adapted solution to your problem.

Posted on September 15, 2014 and filed under Tools.

The wheel of life

The wheel of life is a tool which helps you to represent your life. Usually we use 8 or 5 categories. But you can adapt your wheel of life and use the categories you think are the best for you.

 

There are two ways of using the wheel of life.

 

a) The sky view

1) Choose for each category the level you think you are at currently. Connect the points together.
2) Choose for each category the level you want to reach. Connect the points together.
3) Give a current satisfaction note on 10 to each category.

Satisfaction notes on 10:     Romance: 8/10     Family: 9/10     Health: 6/10     Finances: 4/10     Career: 8/10
                                           Spirituality: 1/10     Recreation: 6/10     Personal Growth: 10/10

The two circles and your satisfaction notes help you to identify in which area you have to work on and which strategy you need to adopt:
- do not change anything but keep yourself on this level, focus on other categories of the wheel of life (Matching points or the current situation is above the expected one and a high satisfaction note)
- do more of what is working (Expected situation above the current one and high satisfaction note)
- change your strategy (Matching points or expected situation above the current one and dissatisfaction)

 

b) The proportional view

1) Give a percentage to each category. The sum must be equal to 100%.
2) Give a current satisfaction note on 10 to each category.
3) Draw your optimal wheel of life. That means give a percentage you want to reach to each category.

Satisfaction notes on 10:     Couple: 8/10     Work: 7/10
Family 9/10     Social: 5/10     Self: 7/10

The comparison of the two wheels of life and your satisfaction notes help you to  identify in which area you have to work on and which strategy you need to adopt:
- do not change anything but keep yourself on this level, focus on other categories of the wheel of life (Matching percentages or the current situation is above the expected one and a high satisfaction note)
- do more of what is working (Expected situation above the current one and high satisfaction note)
-  change your strategy (Matching percentages or expected situation above the current one and dissatisfaction)

 

You can use the wheel of life whenever you want. It is a good way to quickly assess your situation and get an idea of the actions you can plan.

Nota bene: Put a date on your wheels of life because they are a fair representation of the situation when you draw them. But they evolve quickly according to your environment changes and the actions you lead.

Posted on August 31, 2014 and filed under Tools.

I coach like I do puzzle

I challenged myself recently. I wanted to do a puzzle.

This is a special puzzle. There is an image on each piece. All the images together form a bigger image which is the puzzle. 

I need to bring 1000 pieces together but I can't be helped by the colors because it is in black and white.

I love doing puzzles. I discovered that I did this puzzle the same way as I coach. I went mentally through the same steps I go through during a session with my clients.

 

 

 

1) Keep the end in mind : I keep looking at the model on the box. That is the step I want to reach.

Coaching tool: the miracle question

2) Determine your current state: I evaluate where I am now. I look at what I have done until now and I look also at what I still have to accomplish to reach my goal.
Coaching tool: the scaling question (from 1 to 10)

3) Search for resources and strengths: I use previous positive experiences to get to know what worked for me and what I can reproduce in the current situation. For example, in this case, I tried to find out how I managed to do other puzzles.
Coaching tool: Coping question

4) Take action : once I know my previous strategies, I apply them. For example, I started to collect all the pieces with a border to start the puzzle by putting together the edge. I also found specific pieces (no head, no hole but a zigzag border) that I manage to put together.
Coaching tool: Action plan and baby steps

5) Celebrate : I celebrate my successes i.e. I enjoy every small step I took. For example I showed to somebody how far I got in the puzzle. I also enjoyed a break after bringing certain pieces together.
Coaching tool: compliments

6) Adapt your strategy : I continue doing what works and stop doing what is not working. I tried to put together the images on the pieces. After 30 minutes of intense research for a specific piece, I gave up. And I looked for another strategy to move on.
Coaching tool: always follow the coachee. If a tool does not help him/her, I change and find something which is useful for the coachee.

Posted on April 23, 2014 and filed under Tools, Games.