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Personal Diagnostic Tool

I trust that you will find the “above and below the line” tool (see below) useful – it is a simple and powerful diagnostic tool.

It can be used to assess a situation or problem that you wish to transform by examining one of the things that you can control – your thoughts (resourceful behaviour and actions will flow from here):

  • Start by looking at your role in a particular situation and examining your thinking about that situation.
  • Use the chart to assess where you are focusing (take a really honest look at your thinking and how you are approaching the situation)
  • Consider how you can transform any unresourceful thinking into resourceful thinking (moving anything from below to the above the line thinking on the chart, follow the lines)
  • Take action!
I’ll give you an example, Jane Smith in the workplace has a poor relationship with her colleague. She uses the diagnostic only to find that she is so busy blaming her colleague that she hasn’t thought about considering what action she can take (responsibility) to improve the relationship. She stops to consider her options. She can either keep up her negative blame tactics which don’t change the situation and have been really pulling her down or she can take responsibility for her own behaviour, thoughts and take some positive action. So by moving from blaming to responsibility (following the lines on the chart) she moves to above the line thinking or being at cause (if you would like to research it further there is plenty of information about above/below the line thinking on the net).

Use (& share with others) this tool to quickly assess whether you are operating above or below the line in a situation. It is a great little tool for creating positive change in your life (at home, work, in relationships, parenting etc.). Moving our thinking above the line is very empowering.

Our thoughts, behaviour and actions are always within our control. So often in my life I find that the problem is not the problem, the problem is “my reaction to the problem” and the good news is that we can change our reaction to problems.