Coaching is based entirely on questioning: The coach asks questions that help the coachee to consider the subject or issue under discussion. It can be helpful to have a framework in which to ask those questions.

The GROW model is probably the best-known and most widely used coaching model. Devised by Sir John Whitmore, it is a simple yet powerful framework on which to base a coaching session. It provides structure and helps the coach keep things moving forward.

GROW is an acronym for the following four stages:

  • Goal

  • Geality

  • Options

  • Will.

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