Coaching: Generative & effective ?!?
In Business, coaching shall be tailored, focused and in short term effective. At the same time coaching is also a tool to unfold potentials. Different aims and hence different processes. While I use the GROW model from John Withmore often with managers for work performance issues, I refer to other processes such as the generative or co-active coaching, when it comes to unleash the dreams and the ‘not-yet-known’.
Stephen Gilligan wrote in his Blog in June about “mastering the own creative consciousness” also by “integrating dualities”. In his explanation about generative coaching he says that a coach is there to COACH and not to CRASH: a very neat use of abbreviations as summary to several elements. As coach one shall walk on the fine balance to push without cracking, leave the comfort zone but stay within resourceful states.
For me, coaching is effective if the coach stays with the client’s horizon and if the client really wants to grow – either on a business performance issue or on development. Results subsequently can be measured on levels such as feelings, learning, behavior and results; seldom though on all the 4 together. However, when coach & client together “hook up” – as it says in the graph – to achieve the goals & dreams, you often go beyond expectations. That is what inspires me to go to work every day! Kathrin
PS: Thanks to Florence to nicely summing graphically up the process of generative coaching – well done!