TOOLBOX Theory / Teaching Notes
Tools for identifying issues that need to be addressed
The Toolbox contains a number of self-assessment questionnaires whose purpose is to identify potential issues to be addressed in the coaching process. The first two of these questionnaires on instinctive feelings and SWOT analysis have general application and the remainder have been specifically tailored for musicians.
Instinctive Feelings Questionnaire
Very often when clients come to one-to-one coaching is because of one of the following about which they have very strong feelings.
See Instinctive Feeling Questionnaire
The purpose of a SWOT analysis is to highlight a persons strengths and weaknesses that are internal to themselves and opportunities and threats which are external.
This is a good source for identifying issues.
There is a danger in coaching that we might focus all of our efforts in working on perceived problems. It is equally important that we identify what our strengths are and develop those to their maximum potential.
See SWOT Questionnaire
Tools Specific to musicians
Purpose and motivation Questionnairre
By filling out this questionnaire you will have a good idea if you have a clear vision about your involvement in music and how well motivated you are to commit to your music.
Music skills Questionnaire
This questionnaire will highlight the music skills that need your attention
Non-music skills Questionnaire
This questionnaire will highlight the non-music skills that need to attach
The purpose of the Self Assessment Worksheets is to identify and prioritise issues that need attention by reviewing the answers to the you give to the Self-Assessment Questionnaires.
Tools for working with issues
The purpose of goal setting is to provide a focus to an activity which will enhance the prospects of its being achieved.
Goal setting is a skill in itself and it is important that the goals we construct for ourselves stand up to scrutiny. That is why the coaching community has put an emphasis on constructing goals which are considered to be “SMART”.
It is also important that we evaluate and review our goals from time to time and help us remember this we add the letters E and R to SMART to give us SMARTER. If we construct smart goals for ourselves and evaluate and review them from time to time we will enhance considerably our chances of achieving them.
· Any smart goal, whether it is short-term or long-term, needs to be specific. A broad general wish as to where you want to go will not have the capacity to motivate you to necessary action
A smart goal must have measurable targets by which progress can be monitored
A= Action Orientated
In order to build up momentum for your project a smart goal must be action orientated with a list of action steps that you have to take to achieve it
When setting goals you must be realistic. There is no point in setting goals for yourself that are outside your capacity to achieve as you will only become disillusioned, as you fail to achieve them
T= Time based
Realistic goals also require that the action steps be time based. This has the effect of focussing you to achieve your goal within a defined period of time, otherwise it is little more than a wish list
The Grow Model
One of the most widely used tools is called the GROW MODEL which enables users to map where they are now as compared with where they want to go and helps them to identify the steps necessary to get there
·This is the end point, where the client wants to be. The goal has to be defined in such a way that it is very clear to the client when they have achieved it.
The Current Reality is where the client is now. What are the issues, the challenges they are facing, how far are they away from their goal?
O=Obstacles and Options
There will be Obstacles stopping the client getting from where they are now to where they want to go. If there were no Obstacles the client would already have reached their goal.
·Once Obstacles have been identified, the client needs to find ways of dealing with them if they are to make progress. These are the Options.
The Options then need to be converted into action steps which will take the client to their goal. These constitute the Way Forward.
Tool: See Template
types of Goals
Career/ Life Goals
These are broad general goals that you might have for your career or for your life and their purpose is to give you a sense of direction and a sense of purpose.
The second type is operational goals and these are the smaller more day-to-day or week–to- week goals, which we need to carry out in order to achieve our career/life goals.
The career/life goal is over arching and will probably be supported by a number of operational goals.So for example a career/life goal could be to become a concert pianist while is the operational goal could be to practice five days a week.
The role of Focused Intention and