Show Me The Way!

I’m often asked which coaching model I use in my coaching practice.

A coaching model is a coaching road map usually outlined by an easy-to-remember acronym. It is a method, structure, outline, or framework that facilitates the set-up and process for a coaching conversation and the overall coaching journey. It helps to provide some consistency to the approach and often serves as a prompt or signpost to protocols, techniques, and variables that can ensure effectiveness and efficiency of the effort. It also is a kind of visual representation of a process that isn’t yet tangible or observable.

Yet, since coaching is about the coachee rather than the coach, I find myself working with a model that’s as unique as the coachee and the coaching intervention. (In my years of coaching experience, despite having personal preferences, I’ve seldom worked with exactly the same model twice – I somehow find the need to integrate elements from various models to develop one that works best for the coachee).

Here are some useful, action based models I draw upon from the multitude of models out there – they aren’t my own – but I use them often and interchangeably if necessary, depending on the coachee’s needs and issues, the nature of the coaching assignment, and the client’s expectations.

1.PURPOSE, PERSPECTIVES, PROCESS Model:

Purpose – Where are we going and why?

Perspectives – What does each have to journey together?

Process – How will we get there?

2.RESULTS Model:

R – Reflect

E – Evaluate

S – Strategize

U – Understand

L – Listen

T – Take action

S – Systematize

3.FUEL Model:

F – Frame the conversation

U – Understand the current state

E – Explore the desired state

L – Lay out a plan

4.GROW model:

G – Goal – What do you want?

R – Reality – Where are you now?

O – Obstacles and Options – What’s stopping you? What could you do?

W – Will – or Way Forward – What will you do?

5.TGROW model:

T – Topic – What’s the wider issue?

G – Goal – What specifically do you want to attain?

R – Reality – Where are you now?

O – Obstacles and Options – What’s stopping you? What could you do?

W – Will – or Way Forward – What will you do?

6.RE-GROW Model:

R – Review past session

E – Evaluate past session

G – Goal – What do you want from this session?

R – Reality – Where are you now?

O – Obstacles and Options – What’s stopping you? What could you do?

W – Will – or Way Forward – What will you do?

7.IGROW Model:

I – Issue

G – Goal

R – Root cause

O – Outcomes

W – What next?

8.COACH model:

C – Clarify the issue

O – Open up resources

A – Agree on the preferred future

C – Create the journey

H – Head for success

9.STEER Model:

S – Spot the opportunity

T – Tailor the intervention

E – Explain the task

E – Encourage

R – Review

10.CIGAR Model:

C – Current situation

I – Ideal situation

G – Gaps

A – Action

R – Review

11. CLEAR Model:

C – Contracting

L – Listening

E – Exploring

A – Acting

R – Reviewing

Every coach has a preferred model, and chances are that most experienced coaches eventually work with a unique model they can personally take credit for creating and developing. For me, a coaching model is a lightly held frame that moves with the shifting sands in a coaching session, in order to ensure the effort is as productive and successful as it could possibly be for the client.

 

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