The author provides an interesting model, that he calls the Self Coaching Model. This model is an interactive 3-dimensional model in the shape of a pyramid. The corners of the model are intentions held, and include: innovate, lead, and follow. The edges are behaviors arising and include: responding, improvising, and respecting. The faces are competencies developed, and include: collaboration, contribution, and visualization. The model attempts to show the relationships between actions and qualities, such as the need for structure and organization in order to implement ideas.
Type of Material:
For individuals interested in learning about leadership, and related areas such as: innovation, following, collaboration, contribution, respecting. Use as a self-study
Accessible through Google Chrome and Firefox. Current Java is helpful but I did not find it necessary.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The student will be able to define leadership, and explore related areas and terminology.
Target Student Population:
Business students in graduate school or working professionals; good for corporate training.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer skills. While the tutorial does refer to basic business terms, it does explain them in an interactive format for anyone who is unfamiliar with them.
Evaluation and Observation
• Easy to use diagram
• Explains concepts in simple terms
• Gives quotes from authorities and successful people to illustrate concepts
• Many quotes are used, including quotes from: Jobs, McLuhan, Drucker, Shakespeare, Noble, Thoreau, and others.
• How to use the diagram and tool is not readily apparent.
• More introduction and instructions would be helpful; examples of each pair of values would also be helpful for the user to completely understand the inter-connectedness of each set of values.
• The model is somewhat dated.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• The interactive diagram could be quite helpful when used as a tool for a presenter teaching the material in person.
• Many leadership related topics are discussed in the model.
• It is relatively easy to follow and understand.
• No way provided for the user to evaluate whether he has understood the concepts.
• Only that the model is somewhat dated.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• Ease of navigation
• Good concepts
• Bright graphics
• Relatively easy to figure out, once started.
• Without more examples or context, the tool is difficult for self-teaching
• Too much text on one page; perhaps only one quote in larger font would have better effect
• Not enough instructions on how to use the diagram
• Took a short while at first to follow the relationships of the topics in the model.
Other Issues and Comments:
With less cluttered pages and more instructions and examples, this could be a very good teaching tool. Right now it is clear for those who already understand these paired concepts, but to a first-time user, it would be less than clear.