I’ve came across many great life coaching models and they’re good in their own ways. I’ve also came to know a well-known model which has become one of my favorites, the I-CAN-DO coaching model. This model was created by Curly Martin and was first published in her book, The Life Coaching Handbook.
I like the I-CAN-DO model firstly because it’s a mnemonic by itself which I can recall effortlessly, and simply the name of the model itself brings me into a positive frame of mind of “I can do it” in any situation. Of course most importantly, the model works very well because it’s so simple and practical with only six key steps, unlike some models that have too many steps.
Similar to the GROW Model, the I-CAN-DO model is both powerful and versatile to be used with almost any coaching tools and resources. There are many great comprehensive coaching models out there but in reality the effective ones are the ones that don’t get in the way of the flow of the coaching conversations, and the I-CAN-DO model is one such model.
So, what does the I-CAN-DO acronym stands for and how can you use it?
Investigate – To take a look at the various areas of my coachee’s life and what’s important for him to make a difference. Eg. Health, Career, Spiritual, Family etc.
Current – Find out where is he at right now and analyse what’s his current life situation.
Aims – Ask what is he aiming for in life, what’s his overall goals and dreams.
Number – Explore with him a number of ways to reach where he’s aiming for.
Date – Set the deadline by when he wants to achieve his goals.
Outcome – To distiguish how the coachee will know that his outcome has been successfully achieved.
For example, if a client under the ‘Family’ and ‘Career’ categories wants to achieve an ideal work-life balance, here are some typical questions guided by the I-CAN-DO model:
I – What is your reason for wanting to achieve work-life balance? How important is this to you?
C – How much time do you currently spend at work and with your family?
A – Exactly how much quality time do you want to spend with your family?
N – What are the successful ways that you’ve used or seen others used? What new ways can you learn?
D – By what date do you want to achieve this work-life balance?
O – What does it look like when you’ve achieved the work-life balance that you want? How will you know when you’ve achieved it?
There you have it. I believe anyone can use this simple yet effective model to self-coach or help someone to achieve success in different areas in life. Let me know how your journey goes. You can do too!
Have a great and happy weekend.