Glamour models

Not that kind of model!

Not that kind of model!

Perhaps one reason for the popularity of coaching is the prevalence of structured coaching models with acronyms that make real (and rather dynamic) words.

The most popular coaching model is GROW, developed by Sir John Whitmore. This stands for:

  • Goals
  • Reality
  • Options
  • Way forward or Will or Wrap-up or What, Where, Why, When (depending on who you ask)

Grow is quite a dynamic and optimistic word, but obviously not assertive enough. In 2003 Sabine Dembkowski and Fiona Elridge came up with ACHIEVE.

  • Assess current situation
  • Creative brainstorming
  • Hone goals
  • Initiate options
  • Evaluative options
  • Valid action programme design
  • Encourage momentum

Perhaps even more zappy is LASER developed by Graham Lee.

  • Learning
  • Assessing
  • Story-making
  • Enabling
  • Reframing

On the other hand, one could hardly get more positive than POSITIVE developed by Vincenzo Libri in 2004.

  • Purpose
  • Observations
  • Strategy
  • Insight
  • Team
  • Initiate
  • Value
  • Encourage

However, perhaps that is not sufficiently all-encompassing for you. Don’t worry Nick Edgerton and Stephen Palmer have come up trumps with a model founded in a cognitive behavioural approach which they have called SPACE. This stands for:

  • Social context
  • Physiology
  • Action
  • Cognition
  • Emotion

Nick and Stephen are really generous in their provision of vibrant acronyms, because on the way to SPACE you go via ACE and PACE. In addition, they expand Cognition into Thoughts, Images, Memories and Expectations – which makes TIME. The whole space-time continuum – what more could you need?

For more on coaching models see this report from INTRAC or visit Mike the Mentor.

  • What model(s) do you use?
  • Do you think that one of the reasons coaching is perceived as more sexy than advice or guidance is because they have dynamic acronym models that are easier to remember?
  • Have you come up with your own sexy acronym?

  1. #1 by David Winter on 18 September 2009 - 17:39

    Higher education careers has a high-flying model acronym of its own. SOAR – developed by Arti Kumar as a process model for career management education. More exciting than DOTS…

  2. #2 by Aminder K Nijjar on 30 October 2009 - 18:47

    Hi,
    1. A mixture, sometimes I forget which, as they seem to merge (not sure what this says about my practice!).
    2. Possibly, though think there’s quite a lot more to it.
    3. Now that would be telling!

    • #3 by David Winter on 30 October 2009 - 23:54

      I have to say that, when it comes to process models, I do tend to mix things up myself depending on the needs of the client. Quite often I end up in something a bit Egan-like – very simple. Only three things to remember!

      For a content model I tend to use one of my own making – perhaps I will blog about it sometime.

  3. #4 by Aminder K Nijjar on 31 October 2009 - 04:01

    Please do!

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