The concept behind the activity
The MeBoard was developed by an international team of coaching experts from the UK, Italy, Germany and Turkey. It is a highly flexible tool for coaches, counsellors and consultants and is also ideal for trainers and learning process advisers working in the field of personal development. It offers a low-threshold entry to ‘hard’ topics in coaching, helps the visualisation process and supports the development of goals and visions, helps to ‘translate’ internal issues into visible and practical steps, helps access emotions, provides clarity and supports the activation of inner resources, supports dissociation processes, creates ‘wow effects’ and facilitates in-depth work with roles and values. The MeBoard opens up new ways of accessing models that work with 4 types or sectors such as DISC, HBDI, MBTI, to name just a few.
Facilitating the activity
All of the members of our development team developed their personal favourite ways of working with the MeBoard. Here are just a few of them: Coaching on roles: Personal roles – such as father, manager, friend, business partner – are written on each of the four sectors. The next task is to find three to four pictures that characterise each role and to add a short statement for each one. This process allows the coachee to gain powerful access to resources and assign values of importance to all roles. A key image that illustrates this access is then selected and placed in the centre of the MeBoard. Coaching on objectives: The terms ‘Goal’, ‘Resources’, ‘Obstacles’ and ‘First Steps’ are written on the four sectors in a clockwise direction. We use the same order to find pictures and statements for each of the terms. At the end, a final picture is placed in the centre of the MeBoard that represents the core message. Coaching on areas of life: The terms ‘Body’, ‘Creativity/Ego’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Vision’ are written on the four sectors. The coachee poses a question for which he/she would like to find an answer, draws five pictures per sector at random from the pack and places them face down on the table. Turning over the pictures one by one effectively provides answers to the question. At the end of the process, the coachee writes down one or two key words per area.