Widening the uses of GROW
The introduction of GROW into coaching conversations has provided a clear, structured process that pretty much anyone can follow with a bit of guidance.
The coaching conversation using GROW has 4 components:
So this is the basic premise of GROW. It is a powerful tool that can really motivate individuals and allows them to focus on achieving a goal, but where else can it be used?
Recently I saw it effectively used by a client in a group situation where they were trying to come up with a policy of creating a fair policy to ensure employees could provide enough cover in a critical service during the festive period.
The group were effectively being coached to come up with the goal of creating a fair policy that could be implemented to provide a clear rostering system for the time of year when people want to be with their families.
They then explored the reality of the situation and what had happened on previous years, identified the options, evaluated each of these, agreed a way forward and then finally determined how much will there was in both the group and wider organisation to put this policy into effect.
Using GROW in this way turns it into a potentially effective decision making tool and takes it out of the coaching box and widens its uses. The key to this is getting the questioning elements of the tool right, allowing the coachee to identify the vital elements of all four stages.
As well as having an interactive module on Coaching using the GROW Model, Maguire Training also offer a number of in-house coaching programmes including The Manager as a Coach. Our facilitators are all experienced business coaches in their own right, but can also pass on their knowledge and experience to others.