Explaining The Grow Model.

Published: 17th December 2008
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There are three core values of coaching.

You will often hear these repeated and referred to, both explicitly and implicitly,

Coaching is non-critical. Coaching is non-judgmental. Coaching is confidential.

Taking this one stage further, these core values also apply to the coach's, so it naturally follows that:

Coaches are non-critical. Coaches are non-judgmental. Coaches are confidential.

Coaches use a framework which enables them to utilise their listening and questioning skills to make the right response for you.

One popular framework (or model) used is called G.R.O.W.

G.R.O.W. is an acronym

Goal,Reality,Options,Will or Way forward

It is a simple and effective coaching model that can be used in both private and workplace coaching.

Although coaching never offers set prescriptions for clients, but treats each one as a unique and holistic individual, you will discover that coaches just love using models, metaphors and examples.

G represents your Goals What do you want to happen?

R represents your Reality What is happening now?

O represents your Options What could you do?

W represents your Will What will you do?

During a coaching session you will work through each of these stages with your coach, who will guide you through the process of identifying your goal, recognising the reality of your situation, exploring your options and finally committing to a series of actions to achieve your goal.

Before investigating each of these stages in greater detail, there are two key elements or values that must be at the heart of the coaching process. These are awareness and responsibility.

Awareness encompasses the self-awareness of a coach; their ability to become aware of their own personal state through this self-examination and to achieve a greater awareness of their external environment through the use of all of their senses.

Their high levels of self-awareness enable them to listen to their clients with a clarity of mind and perception that inspires them to lead you, the client to a greater level of awareness and understanding as the coaching session progresses. They are able to interpret what you are experiencing and they use that knowledge to your benefit.

Throughout the coaching process, they actively seek to raise your awareness by focusing your attention on what is being said, how it is being said and in what context. This heightens their awareness of the whole listening process. It allows them to frame questions which will lead you to a greater sense of self-awareness and perception about your own motivations and actions, thus leading to the setting of appropriately challenging goals.

John Whitmore in his book- 'Coaching for Performance', recognises that 'Awareness and responsibility are better raised by asking than by telling.' The need to raise client self-awareness is a vital skill that will unlock the door to a continuous journey towards self-improvement and wonder at the magnitude of what can be achieved.

To induce the ideal state of mind that is necessary to move towards self-improving goals, they build responsibility into your decision making process.

They would never tell or instruct you to take a course of action- as that would be de-motivating because they would have taken away the ownership of the actions that will lead you towards achieving your goals.

The GROW model is a working coaching framework which allows them to move you through a series of stages towards achieving your goals.

They rely on their skill in using effective, open-ended questions in each stage of the framework which they use within the context of raising your awareness levels whilst ensuring that you retain and accept responsibility for carrying out your agreed actions.

Although there are no prescriptive questions that they use in the GROW model, there are sets of questions that naturally fit each section.

I my next article I will provide you with a list of incisive questions that, if you so wish you can work through.

This is a unique opportunity for you to identify and establish an issue, a topic or a goal that you wish to work towards achieving. So, if you are ready to have a go and you want to be inspired by your own ability to find a goal, you are about to identify your goal and make it happen for you!

This article was written by Ronnie Slade. http://followronnieslade.weebly.com

Ronnie Slade is passionate about Self-Improvement and Self-Development and has been successfully helping people find their niche and empowering them to prepare for change since 1981.

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