Nick Lawson-Williams, HR Director at People Puzzles discussing how he applies the Grow model when coaching.
Nick: The grow model in my view is one of the simplest coaching models there is.
G stands for goals
R for reality
O for options
W for will
I would sit down with one of my clients and we would first of all start to talk about the Goal we are trying to achieve. What is it that the individual wants to be able to do better? To improve on whatever that might be.
Following on from that we would then talk about the Realities. That’s how things are now, so where’s the shortfall? What’s the reason for the shortfall? Why do you think you need to improve?
The O piece stands for options and options is really to guide the individual to come up with options, or ways and means, that they want to tackle the issue that they have. In a coaching style it’s very much down to them, how they want to do it. Rather than me imposing a solution i’m using coaching to guide them to come up with a solution.
The W piece, the will piece, is probably most important as that is where the individual needs to agree to action. So ive had great conversations with people in the past who talked about the G, the R and the O but struggled a little bit with the Will, the individual has come up with some actions that they are going to take but they haven’t necessarily followed them up. So in my view the W bit is the most important.