How do coaches help their clients to work on the areas that the clients want to improve? Coaches normally use a framework or coaching models. This post is about the GROW Model.
The GROW Model is the best-known and most used coaching model by coaches around the world. This model was first promoted by Sir John Whitmore in the 1980s. Its usefulness and effectiveness have stood the test of time. It’s a basic model from which many other coaching models have build upon.
Some even but a ‘T’ at the beginning and call it the TGROW Model. T stands for Topic. Which area of your life would you like to work on, improve or has issues that you want to deal with? It could be anything from your career, finance, family, social, spiritual, health etc. Your list could be quite lengthy but for now, choose a main area that you really want to work on.
G stands for Goals. The first step is to ask yourself what do you really want? Establishing a clear goal is essential during the beginning of the coaching relationship. The coaching relationship is not just to make you feel good, although the coach can be your cheerleader. It is a dynamic relationship designed specifically to produce actions with positive outcomes.
It is useful to employ the S.M.A.R.T. Goal-setting Model, with its relevant coaching questions:
1. Specific – What do you want, exactly?
2. Measurable – How will you know when you have achieved it?
3. Achievable – Where are you right now on this?
4. Relevant – How important is this to you? Who else will benefit from this goal?
5. Timeline – By when do you want to achieve this goal?
It is not uncommon for coachees to alter their goals in the middle of the coaching relationship, or some even realized that their goal which they have set in the beginning of the coaching relationship doesn’t matter that much any more, which are good things. However, setting the direction early on is mandatory to guide the coachee through the process of gaining clarity of the true issues at hand.
My next post will walk through the next part of the GROW Model.
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