You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself (Galileo Galilei – Italian Astronomer, Physicist and Engineer).
Galileo has been called the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of the scientific method", and the "father of modern science". Another quote of his is: All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
The GROW model by John Whitemore is a simple framework for guiding coaching conversations and facilitating your coachee to discover their own truth. GROW assumes you will facilitate the coachee thinking (as you are not an expert in their field) - which may or may not be appropriate for your workplace leadership situation.
G – Goal
R – Reality (current)
O – Options & obstacles
W – Way forward & Will to complete
Another useful model is the PERMA model. PERMA was developed by positive psychology founder Martin Seligman. PERMA is an acronym that reminds coaches to cover the five elements of a sustained, authentic and happy live when discussing issues and solutions with coachee. PERMA.stands for: Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement.
Dr Suzi Green CEO, The Positivity Institute, joins us on this podcast and sheds light on phrases like 'optimal functioning', 'PERMA Powered Coaching' and 'Appreciative Enquiry Coaching'.
Dr Green also shares with us her tips for leaders to make their coaching most effective. Some she mentions are: using visuals, sharing the coaching model being used, having a growth mindset and coaching from a strengths base, as opposed to a deficit viewpoint. A resource she mentions is a book Positive Psychology Coaching in Practice - she co-authored a chapter on PERMA Powered Coaching in this resource. For all this and other practical steps to coaching others listen up to episode 9 of Leadership on the Run.