The Scientific Coaching Model – Part 2: The Hypothesis

September 11, 2020
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The Scientific Coaching Model - Part 2: The Hypothesis

Last session we covered the first step in the Scientific Coaching Method – Discover & Clarify.

Once we know what we intend to accomplish, we need to develop a test to see if our intended plan will accomplish that result. That’s where the hypothesis comes in.

Hypothesis

Definition of hypothesis

1 a: an assumption or concession made for the sake of argument

b: an interpretation of a practical situation or condition taken as the ground for action

2:  a tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical consequences

In other words:

What if…?

  • What if I do _____________?
  • What will happen if I do __________?

Or it can also be looked at as an expectation of…

Cause and Effect…

If I do __________, then _________ should happen.

The hypothesis assumes that this is an experiment. It’s not a solid, reproducible strategy… yet!

It may become a strategy at some point – once it is proven and can be repeated with predictable success. Until then, it is merely an experiment.

For now, the hypothesis needs to be flexible!

What I Mean Is…

The hypothesis is a starting point to designing a plan to accomplish the intended result you’re after. As we experiment with the proposed plan of action and evaluate the results, we may need to modify the hypothesis (or develop a completely new one). Then test the revised one to see how it works.

So, what is your hypothesis?

Go ahead, write it down. If you feel like sharing it, leave a comment below!

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