Coaching framework by Sir John Whitmore to support people to do their best.
Coaching vs Mentoring
Coaching and mentoring are often used synonymously, but they are very different.
A coach will explore possibilities by asking challenging questions and thereby providing guidance to help another reach their full potential.
A mentor is teaching from experience, knowledge or skills to help another to develop and grow.
The GROW framework by Sir John Whitmore is a simple yet powerful template for structuring coaching sessions. As a leader, one of your most important roles is to coach your people to do their best.
The acronym GROW stands for:
- Opportunity / Obstacles
- Will / Wrap-up / What next / Way forward?
Goal - What do you want to achieve?
- Definition of goal: How will you know you achieved this goal?
- Make sure that the goal is SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
Reality - Where are you now?
- What is happening now - what, who, when and how often?
- Fully consider the starting point. What resources do you have to help you?
Options / Obstables - What could you do?
- What are potential obstacles in the way?
- Which options could bridge the gap from reality to goal?
- Which obstacles are stopping you from getting where you want to be?
Will - What is the plan? What will you do now?
- Commit to specific actions in order to move towards the goal (action plan).
- Decide on a date when you review the progress in order to provide some accountability.