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Your Personal Vector Coaching Plan


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How to interpret your Vector Coaching Plan

Below are both sides of the Vector Card (they can be purchased here) The Vector cards are a thin, credit-card sized depiction of the Vector Coaching Model.  They fit in a wallet, can be written on, and are a useful way to explain the Values-centered Leadership® philosophy to the person with whom you are working as a coach or leader.

These Vector Cards are available for $1.00 each – click on the cards

Guidelines for using this Coaching Tool (see sample below)

  1. In the “PRIMARY VALUES” column (column 1) , for “MASTERY”, identify your description of a specific skill, task or ability that you would like to grow over a specified time period and write this in the next column headed “ASPIRATION” (column 2).
  2. In the column, ”STATUS TODAY 0-10” (column 3), Identify the current status of this skill or ability on a scale of 0 to 10—where you stand in your journey towards realization of this aspiration—where zero is nonexistent and 10 is almost perfect.
  3. Under the heading “ACCELERATOR” (column 4) enter your description of the specific learning upon which you will need to embark in order to achieve the greater Mastery you have identified.
  4. In the second column that is headed “STATUS TODAY 0-10” (column 6) identify the current status of your learning at this time, i.e., all your completed learning, on a scale of 0 to 10, where zero is almost nonexistent and 10 is almost perfect.
  5. Finally, subtract column 3 (“ASPIRATION A”) from column 6 (“ASPIRATION B”) and enter the resulting number in the column headed “VECTOR” (column 7, B-A).  It is normal for this to result in either positive or negative values. This Vector Coaching Plan will automatically calculate the results for you. The resulting number is your positive (growing) or negative (declining) Vector. 
  6. Complete the same steps for the remaining two Primary Values (CHEMISTRY and DELIVERY).
Values-Centered Leadership®
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PRIMARY VALUES

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ASPIRATION “A”

3

STATUS TODAY 0-10

4

ACCELERATOR

5

ASPIRATION “B”

6

STATUS TODAY 0-10

7

VECTOR (B-A)

MASTERY
What skill do you wish to grow?
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 Interpreting Your Vector Coaching Plan Results

  The Vector is a forward indicator. Most coaching and leadership development tools provide snapshots of history, looking back over six or 12 months (backward indicator). On the other hand, the Vector takes account of the current situation, recognizing that the current situation is simply the result of the past, and, at the same time, acknowledges that we are equally interested in the future. A positive Vector suggests that you are growing this PRIMARY VALUE and that current levels of the Accelerator (Learning, for example) will lead to the realization of your Primary Value (Mastery, for example). Equally, a negative Vector predicts a future decline of the PRIMARY VALUE being measured due to the current, insufficient level of Learning. In your Vector Coaching Plan, positive Vector numbers in the right-hand column indicate that you are investing in the Primary Value with which it is associated.  Conversely, negative Vector numbers indicate that more investment in that Accelerator will be required in order to achieve a higher level of the PRIMARY VALUE with which it is associated.

 Below is a graphic which shows your aspirations, and the gap between today and where you would like to be – your Vector Coaching Plan. Use it independently, or with your coach, to align your actions and your life with your dreams and aspirations. 

Values-Centered Leadership®
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PRIMARY VALUES
2
ASPIRATION “A”
3
VALUE TODAY 0-10
4
ACCELERATOR
5
ASPIRATION “B”
6
VALUE TODAY 1-10
7
VECTOR (B-A)
MASTERY
What skill do you wish to grow?
LEARNING
What will you need to learn?
CHEMISTRY
With whom do you wish to build a stronger relationship?
EMPATHY
How will you Empathize more with them?
DELIVERY
How can you be of greater service, and to whom?
LISTENING
How, and to whom, will you Listen?