‘Coaching is arguably the most powerful method for developing managers’ capacity for leadership.’Coaching-and-mentoring-the-GROW-model

Coaching and mentoring are a process that enables to reach a person’s full potential. In the same way, is a group of development techniques focus on enhancing individual’s skills.

So then, what coaching and mentoring cover? And why those techniques could be so powerful?

The Grow Model

The GROW model  is  probably one of the most known in the UK and draw the principle aspects should be provided in a coaching session. It could be considered  a route to navigate through which, at the same time, works as guide of finding ourselves when we get lost.

In the simplest form, GROW is:

Goal
Reality
Options
what next or Will

1) Goal

Every session needs to have a goal and should be at most as specific as possible. That’s why some of the questions that we need to consider are like:  Is it an achievable goal? And how are we going to do it?

In addition, good coaches always make sure that we formulated the right goals following the principles of SMART:

S – Specific
M- Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Time-bound & tangible

2) Reality

Reality it is as simple as it seems. We can’t deny that the pure objectivity is very difficult to achieve, but indispensable if we want to look forward. Knowing which is our start point means that we consider all surrounding aspect to fully understand our situation. Some the coaching questions could be the following:

  • What is happening now? What is the effect or result of this?
  • Have we already taken any steps towards our objectives?
  • Does this goal conflict with any other goals?

3) Options

When we are in currently reality you can explore our options to reach our goals. A very interesting technique is the Brainstorming, which let you know possibilities we never thought about before. Typical questions:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option?
  • What factors or considerations will we use to weigh the options?
  • What do we need to stop doing in order to achieve this goal?
  • What obstacles stand in our way?

4) Will

Knowing the reality and options we are able to get our goals, but this is not enough. In this final stage we need to ask ourselves some questions as the followings:

  • What will we do now, and when? What else will you do?
  • What could stop you moving forward? How will we overcome this?
  • How can we keep ourselves motivated?
  • When do we need to review progress? Daily, weekly, monthly?