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