Hope everyone is well today.
I've a question on coaching, which I think I have an answer to, but wanted to check myself with you clever people first to make sure I'm on the right track.
For me, the best coaching model I've warmed to and used over the years is the GROW model. Many of us will have come across and used this, so I'll spare you the detail. But if you haven't come across this before, or you want a reminder, there's a couple of useful links below.
The GROW model is great in terms of helping people to establish their own goals, establish where they are in relation to those goals and the options available to moving closer to achieving those goals. It's very empowering and helps the coachee to take responsiblity for their own thoughts and actions.
What I tend to find though, is in certain circumstances this doesn't seem to work well. One that commonly comes up is where you are working with someone who lacks experience, perhaps a new start, or someone new to role. Whilst you do want to encourage them to think things through for themselves, it can sometimes be challenging where their limited knowledge and experience prevents them from being able to even consider what options are available let alone evaluate which is best. This can often lead to those frustrating times for both when as a coach, you're asking "What do you think you could do to achieve xyz" when in their mind, they're looking at you thinking "I haven't got a clue, just tell me so that I can get on with it!"
So for me, whilst our ideal is to use coaching to empower people, encourage them to think, weigh up options and decide their next course of action, sometimes, you just need to give them the steer that they need.
So my question to you is, whilst GROW is a good model for most coaching, what models would you personally recommend for situations where sometimes, you just need to give the answer or direction?
Links to the GROW model of coaching: