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Harnessing the Power of Self-Evaluation Wheels for Personal and Professional Growth

Published: May 8, 2024 | 3 min read

In today’s fast-paced world, the importance of continuous self-evaluation and personal development cannot be overstated. Tools like the Meta-Skills Self-Evaluation Wheel, detailed in a recent guidance document from SDS, offer a structured yet flexible approach to fostering essential skills in learners of all ages.

What is a Self-Evaluation Wheel?

The Self-Evaluation Wheel, sometimes known as a coaching wheel, is an effective tool used to support learners in assessing their own skills development. It provides a visual method for individuals to plot their confidence and competence across various meta-skills, ranging from zero (not confident) to ten (very confident). This introspective process not only encourages learners to reflect on their current abilities but also helps identify areas for improvement and potential next steps in their personal and professional journeys.

Why Use a Self-Evaluation Wheel?

The process is straightforward but insightful. Learners reflect on each meta-skill, place a dot on the scale that represents their current level, and then connect these dots to visualize their competency landscape. This graphical representation allows them to quickly ascertain their strengths and weaknesses, fostering a better understanding of where focused efforts should be directed.

Personal Reflection and Coaching Conversations

As a life coach reflecting on years of guiding others, I’ve seen firsthand how the wheel approach transcends educational settings. It’s a tried and tested method that can simplify complex life scenarios. When clients feel overwhelmed and uncertain about where to start, this tool helps break down their challenges, allowing them to focus on specific life aspects and set clear objectives.

This method is particularly effective in conjunction with emotional intelligence tools. It not only helps manage stress and anxiety but also restores order and calm by providing a clear framework for tackling life’s hurdles.

Integrating the Self-Evaluation Wheel in Everyday Life

The beauty of the Self-Evaluation Wheel lies in its adaptability. Whether revisiting it monthly, at the end of a term, or after completing significant projects, it provides valuable insights that inform future actions and development plans. This iterative process is crucial for anyone committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement.

Supporting Growth with Structured Reflection

In coaching conversations, whether with peers or professionals, the wheel facilitates deeper discussions about reasons behind self-assessment scores, improvements over time, and detailed action planning. These conversations are invaluable as they provide support and accountability, helping individuals progress toward their desired end-of-year goals.


The Meta-Skills Self-Evaluation Wheel is more than just a tool; it’s a pathway to better understanding oneself and one’s journey through life. For anyone looking to gain clarity and confidently navigate their personal and professional growth, adopting this tool can be a game-changer.

Debra Hicks, Customer Success Manager, Proof Positive