How to use Coaching skills in Mentoring

There are any number of tools which you may wish to use in your Mentoring sessions.

The GROW Model is deservedly one of the best known and widely used coaching models.

It provides a simple yet powerful framework for working through situations, identifying issues and challenges, and ultimately determining solutions and actions. The model helps to:

• Provide a structured approach to ‘Discuss’ sometime complex situations

• Change an individuals mind-set when an individual hits a ‘roadblock’

• Broaden an individual’s perspective of possibilities and options

• Encourage an individual to think about the issue in a new way

It is described in a number of coaching books, including John Whitmore’s book  ‘Coaching for Performance’.

GROW is an acronym for Goal, current Reality, Options and What.

Firstly, a session must have a Goal or outcome to be achieved. The goal should be as specific as possible and it must be possible to measure whether it has been achieved. So, having identified the goal, questions like “How will you know that you have achieved that goal?” are useful here.

As well as knowing where you are trying to get to, you need to know where you are starting from – the Current Reality. It is surprising how often this is the main issue, and that by just clearly seeing the situation (rather than what was thought or imagined to be the situation), the resolution becomes obvious and straightforward.

Once you know where you are and where you want to go, the next step is to explore what Options you have for getting there.

Once several strategies have been identified, you can then spend time assessing each one in order to establish what Will be the best course of action to commit to.

Ref: Sir John Whitmore, “Coaching for Performance”

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