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GROWing with Coaching

Photo of green shoot on Catching Fireworks website to explain GROW coaching processPhoto  ©Deborah Henry-Pollard


The GROW methodology that I use as a coach is well established … but what does GROW actually mean?

G is for Goals
This is the “what you want to achieve".  This can be expressed as your vision, your legacy, your target, depending on what you are working on (whether it is your whole life or your next mini project), and the terminology which most motivates you.  Sometimes when they come to me, my clients already know what their goal is and want support on achieving it.  For others, coaching is a chance to brainstorm and consider all the possibilities.

R is for Reality
This is the “where you are now”.  This can often be a wonderfully surprising area for some clients.  They come thinking that they are so far from their goal and only see what’s missing.  The great fun is finding out all the things already in place which they just hadn’t realised were there.  These can include skills, experience, contacts, networks, etc.  Yes, we look at the ‘missing’ things as well, but all in the context of a non-judgemental “nothing is wrong, this is just what it is”. 

O is for Options
This is the “what could we do to get from reality to goal”.  This is another area where we look at possibilities.  We brainstorm all the practical, wild, inventive, logical, loopy, impractical, illogical actions which could be taken.  Part of the fun is to come up with as many options as possible without censoring or diluting them.  It is all “yes, and…”, not “yes, but…”.

W is for Will
This is the time when we move from possibility to action and out some concrete plans in place.  We go through the Options and look at them with a more realistic eye and identify the ones you are really going to do.  For example, I don’t like spiders.  An Option to overcome my dislike could be to go to ZSL London Zoo For their Friendly Spider Programme where I could end up with a Mexican Red-Knee Spider on my hand.  Will I actually do that?  Ummmm, probably no!  However, I might have a go at watching a documentary about spiders. More seriously, an option for you might be to promote yourself through public speaking, but that might feel a step too far for you at the moment.  However, you might decide to record some videos talking to camera.  

This seems very linear and is the basis for the agenda for my Team Coaching.  With individuals, however, it can be more fluid, moving back and forth between the four areas.  Often when people have seen the realities and options, they change and/or refine their goals.  Going through the GROW process, people find themselves taking more bold actions than they might have taken before they realised the possibilities and what is already in place.  And it is also good to keep checking around the circle to review where you are and how much progress you are making.


If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, check out how we could work together and get in touch.

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