What is coaching?
Coaching is a personal professional conversation aiming at widening your perspective and focusing on your goals – what you want to happen. A very common model of building this thought-provoking conversation is through the GROW-model where we go through the topic you are bringing to coaching in four steps.
The four steps of the GROW-model
Goal – that’s where it starts. Where do you want to be on this topic?
Reality – what is actually going on? We spend some time exploring not just the obvious but also the semiconscious parts of your topic. Shifts in perspectives helps us see more and challenging beliefs can bring new light.
Options – with this fresh view of the challenge: what are your options? Again, widening perspectives helps you see more than the obvious first one. There are always several ways of moving ahead, some might be good, some bad but there is always moe than one. In this phase we explore your different options and what they would mean, unattached to making a decision yet. This unattachment helps your brain dare go down new lines of thinking and you might find new ideas and new wisdom.
What - is the final stage. Here is where you use the perspectives and knowledge developed during the session and decide on what to do. Taking the time to clarify the challenge and identify several possible solutions quite often helps you find a better one than choice first at hand and if first choice turns out to be right you are by now grounded in it and doubts are met and diminished. In this stage you are ready to make your decision and create an action plan.
How is coaching helpful in managing resources as an entrepreneur?
In working with entrepreneurs, we as coaches work with highly action-oriented people driven by results. Coaching helps you as an entrepreneur effectively balance that action orientation and stronger decisions come out of it. The natural course to most entrepreneurs is seeing an opportunity and act on it. Allowing yourself the process of GROW helps you within a very short time span to see the impact of your decision and act more efficiently or to see where this action might even be contradictory to your actual goals and should not be pursued right now.