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Beginner’s Guide to the GROW Coaching Model

What is the GROW Model of Coaching?

GROW model of coaching is one of the most popular frameworks that coaches use to guide their clients towards achieving their goals.

It is a widely recognized and commonly used framework for coaching. It has been popular in the coaching industry since its introduction in the 1980s, and it continues to be widely used today. Many coaches and coaching organizations incorporate the GROW model into their coaching approach, and it is often included in coach training programs.

The name GROW is an acronym that stands for Goal, Reality, Options, and Will. Essentially, it’s a four-step process that helps the client identify their goal, assess their current reality, explore their options, and commit to taking action.

Let’s take a look at each of these steps in more detail.

The Four Steps of the GROW Model of Coaching

The four steps of the GROW model of coaching are:

1. Goal

Define the goal or objective that the client wants to achieve. This is where the coach and client work together to establish a specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goal.

Examples of questions a Coach could ask their Client at this stage:

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • How will achieving this goal change your life?
  • What specific steps can you take to get closer to your goal?
  • What obstacles might get in the way of achieving your goal?
  • How will you know when you have achieved your goal?

2. Reality

Assess the current reality or situation of the client in relation to their goal. This is where the coach and client explore the current situation, obstacles, and opportunities that can help or hinder the client’s progress towards their goal.

Examples of questions a Coach could ask their Client at this stage:

  • What is your current situation?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What have you tried before to address this issue?
  • What are the potential consequences of not addressing this issue?
  • What resources do you have that can help you address this issue?

3. Options

Explore the different options or strategies that the client can use to move towards their goal. This is where the coach and client brainstorm and evaluate various solutions and approaches that can help the client overcome obstacles and make progress towards their goal.

Examples of questions a Coach could ask their Client at this stage:

  • What are some possible solutions to the problem?
  • What have other people done in similar situations?
  • What are the pros and cons of each option?
  • What option seems the most realistic to you?
  • What is stopping you from taking action on this option?

4. Will / Way Forward

Agree on the specific action steps or plan of action that the client will take to achieve their goal. This is where the coach and client create a concrete plan with specific action steps and deadlines to keep the client accountable and on track towards their goal.

Examples of questions a Coach could ask their Client at this stage:

  • Which option will you choose to move forward?
  • What specific actions will you take to implement this option?
  • What support do you need to help you stay on track?
  • What potential obstacles might arise, and how will you overcome them?
  • When will you take action, and how will you measure progress towards your goal?

Wrap up

The GROW model of coaching is a really effective way to help clients break down their goals into manageable steps and stay accountable throughout the coaching process.

If you’re a coach or considering becoming one, it’s definitely worth learning more about the GROW model and how you can use it to help your clients reach their full potential.

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