e GROW coaching model is a popular model used in corporate coaching, life coaching, psychotherapy and other forms of therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming). No one person holds particular claim to this coaching model. There have been a number people that have contributed to the model over the years, and it was largely popularised by Sir John Whitmore.
The essence of the GROW coaching model is to take a goal-focused and action-oriented approach to solving problems. It is an excellent life coaching model, as it focuses the user’s attention on their goals.
The Goal of the GROW coaching model is the endpoint of what the individual wants to achieve. If you have more than one goal, you should address them separately and later to see if the way forward for one can achieve the way forward for another. The goal should be defined very clearly and specifically. Take a look at my post on Setting Clear Goals and Objectives.
Goal Questions to Ask:
The current reality should be understood as it pertains to the goal. In this part of the GROW coaching model, you need to know where you are in order to get to where you want to be, so that a journey plan can be plotted out.
Reality Questions to Ask:
In this part of the GROW coaching model, it is important to understand the obstacles that are, or that could, prevent you from getting from where you are to where you want to be. If there were no obstacles, the goal should be achieved. With an understanding of the obstacles, you need to consider the options available for dealing with the obstacles, and the options for getting where you are to where you want to be.
Obstacles Questions to Ask:
Options Questions to Ask:
The GROW coaching model moves from problem evaluation, to solution generation, to action planning. Evaluate the options and choose the one/s that are most likely to help you achieve your goal. For each of the options, develop a targeted and focused action plan for the way forward. Ensure your action plan is achievable and not too overwhelming.
Way Forward Questions to Ask:
The GROW coaching model is a great tool for facilitated coaching or self-assessment and reflection. If you are disciplined, you can use the GROW coaching model to achieve the outcomes you want by following the structure it provides. However, you need to take the action. If you are disciplined, then progress on the actions will be motivational and you are likely to succeed. If you are the sort of person that thrives more with support, then a Coach will be beneficial to you in assisting you in the process.
GROW Coaching Model Application: Intentional Change
GROW Coaching Model Can be Used by: Managers and Mentors, Life Coaches, Corporate Coaches, Self
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