I first read this almost 15 years ago when I worked as a Program Manager and team leader within the UN system. As I added coaching skills to my toolbox and becmae a Certified Professional Coach, i continued to refer to this in the work I did with my team and others. For the last eleven years I've pointed to Whitmore's book in my training programs for coaches as leaders, and in the mentor coaching I do with coaches.
Whitmore's GROW model is a quick and easy model to focus any coaching conversation whether you are meeting for 10 minutes or 6. Starting off with the person being coached around the specific goal they have in mind, the focus cn then shift to an exploration of their reality, where they are now, and where they want to go. Exploration of options help to identify and weigh what it is going to take to move from a - b, and in the wrap up phase of any coaching conversation it's important to confirm what the person is going to do, by when and how you will link back.
I spent part of this week working with a great group of leaders around coaching and mentoring skills training. I am wrapping the week up with a lot of energy having seen them refine their skills over the last few days.
What do you notice about your own coaching skills? What's working? what could use a tweak? Check out Whitmore's book for some great reminders of having a more focused, intentional conversation.
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