by Jean-Paul Cortes
As many coaches as there are out there, there are probably even more coaching models.
Don't worry, this isn't a bad thing. In fact, a many models approach is probably your best bet to lead people towards finding the best solution possible.
A coaching model is a framework, it does not tell you how to coach but rather it's the underlying structure that you can use for when you're coaching someone.
It's like having a high level strategy that allows you to "see the battlefield," therefore increasing your ability to respond adequately to whatever coaching situation you're faced with.
Learning from different coaching models has definite value, as no one model has all of the answers to all of the challenges you'll be faced with as a coach.
Coaching integrates many fields of knowledge, so it's likely that many theories and models were adapted for coaching. This also means that you have a broader base to learn from.
Having many models available can actually help you when you're creating your own model. Provided you have a way for doing so, that is.
Most coaching approaches share some things in common:
By learning and understanding each model's commonalities, you can then integrate and effectively create your approach.
A lot of coaches will get stuck when trying to come up with their own model. Fitting what you've learned in coaching school into a working and practicable model for doing things is a challenge at first.
Creating a model from scratch is extremely difficult and besides, given the very nature of the changing circumstances you'll be faced with while coaching someone, being wedded to one model, one way of doing things, will frequently leave you stumped as to what to do next.
Yes, there is.
A much better approach to creating your model would be searching for best practices from other models, understanding what works, and adapting what you've learned from experience and bringing it all together in a planned response.
You can do this by using a "What Works Matrix," where you apply a many models approach to solve a given problem.
Whether you recognize it or not, your coaching approach can be boiled down to a process, a model of how you do things and get results.
You don't need be an expert in all coaching approaches, but you will eventually have to figure out a way of how to best help your clients achieve their goals. This is where having a model, or many if you use the the "What Works Matrix" is extremely helpful
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How To Create A Coaching Model Using A What Works Matrix
What-IS-Coaching Model - An effective and simple model that will help you recognize, plan and achieve your goals.
Motivational Interviewing - MI is a process that helps solve ambivalence and bring about change.
GROW - A widely used methodology for achieving goals.
SUCCESS - Another coaching model to add to your coaching repertoire.
STEPPPA - This model focuses on your emotions to achieve goals.
WHAT - This model allows you to ask the right questions, it's a simple yet effective strategy towards finding a solution.
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