Using the GROW Model of Coaching and Mentoring

The GROW Model is an action-oriented framework for structuring coaching and mentoring sessions. Listed below are suggestions for how it can be used in both individual and group coaching and mentoring sessions.

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Reflection with an individual

Benefits of this approach

  • Deep exploration of a single issue
  • Specific to the needs of the individual
  • Possible to dig deeper into a situation

Goals - What do you want?

  • The individual establishes the goals they would like to achieve during the session
  • The mentor/coach supports the individual in achieving their goals

Reality - What is happening now?

  • The individual shares their current situation (overview of the issue, constraints, challenges) with a mentor/coach
  • The mentor/coach can ask probing questions to get more insight into the reality the individual is facing

Options - What could you do?

  • Based on the goal and the reality, the individual will brainstorm and explore options to resolve their issue
  • A mentor can provide advice and coaches can ask probing questions to promote critical reflection

Will - What will you do?

  • The individual works with the coach/mentor to develop actions they will take to achieve their goals

Reflection with a group (on a single issue)

Benefits of this approach

  • Participants learn from others' perspectives 
  • Participants can develop their own coaching skills
  • Participants can develop a strong supportive network

Goals - What do you want?

  • Each participant will have dedicated "airtime"Footnote*
  • The participant with the dedicated airtime comes prepared with a goal they want to achieve during the session

Reality - What is happening now?

  • The participant who has the dedicated airtime shares their current situation as it relates to their issue (overview of the issue, constraints, challenges) with the rest of the group
  • Other participants can ask probing questions to get more information

Options - What could you do?

  • Through open-ended questioning from the group, the participant with the airtime explores their issue in different ways

Will - What will you do?

  • The participant with the airtime shares concrete actions they will take to achieve their goals

Reflection with a group (on a specific theme)

Benefits of this approach

  • Participants learn from others' perspectives and challenges
  • Participants can develop their own coaching skills
  • Participants can develop a strong supportive network

Goals - What do you want?

  • The group of participants selects a common theme and each participant shares their own goal as it relates to the chosen theme

Reality - What is happening now?

  • Each participant shares their current situation as it relates to the theme (overview of the issue, constraints, challenges) with the rest of the group
  • Other participants can ask probing questions to get more information

Options - What could you do?

  • Through open-ended questioning from all participants, each participant explores their issue in different ways

Will - What will you do?

  • Participants share concrete actions they will take to achieve their goals

Possible questions at each step in the GROW model 

Goals

  • What outcome do you want from this session?
  • Why is this important to you?
  • Is it realistic in the time we have available?

Reality

  • What's happening to you now?
  • What steps have you already taken?
  • What are the obstacles in your way?

Options

  • What else could you do?
  • What are the pros and cons of this option?
  • How do you feel about each option?

Will

  • What option will you select?
  • What actions will you take to achieve your goal, and when?
  • How committed are you to these actions?

Opportunities to use the GROW model

  • Mentoring sessions
  • Coaching sessions
  • Performance reviews
  • Difficult conversations
  • Peer coaching circles
  • Peer mentoring circles

Sources

"GROW Coaching Model: Coaching Tools: Your Coach Gent." GROW Coaching Model | Coaching Tools | YourCoach Gent, www.yourcoach.be/en/coaching-tools/grow-coaching-model.php .

Schuy, Marcel. "GROW Coaching Model - How to Use It Effectively -51 Coaching Questions." CleverMemo, 9 Mar. 2020, https://clevermemo.com/blog/en/grow-coaching-model/

McCarthy, Dan. "70 Coaching Questions Using the GROW Model." The Balance Careers, The Balance Careers, 19 Nov. 2019, www.thebalancecareers.com/coaching-questions-for-managers-2275913.

Michele, et al. "The GROW Model of Coaching and Mentoring: A Simple Process for Developing Your People." Skills From MindTools.com, www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_89.htm.


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