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Sigma Magic Help Version 17

Coaching Model


The GROW model is one of the most established and successful coaching models. The acronym GROW is for the four key steps: Goals, Reality, Options, and Will. The GROW model provides a powerful tool to highlight, elicit, and maximize potential through sequential coaching conversations. It can be used both for problem-solving and goal-setting, helping to maximize and maintain personal achievement and productivity. The GROW model raises an individual's awareness and understanding of their aspirations, current situation and beliefs, the possibilities and resources open to them, and the actions they want to take to achieve their personal and professional goals. It promotes confidence and self-motivation, increasing productivity and personal satisfaction. Continuous and progressive coaching skills support provides the structure that helps unlock an individual's true potential by increasing their confidence and motivation, leading to short-term and long-term benefits.


This tool can be added to your active workbook by clicking on Change and then selecting Coaching Model. Click on Analysis Setup to open the menu options for this tool.


A sample screenshot of the setup menu is shown below.
Input Dialog
Analysis Type: Specify the tool format for this analysis. This selection is not enabled since there is only one format available.
Model Type: Select the coaching model to use for this analysis. Currently, only one model is available.
View Example: Click on this button to add an example worksheet. You can use the example to understand how others have filled out the tool or use the example as a starting point and modify it to meet your needs better.
Help Button: Click on this button to open the help file for this topic.
Cancel Button: Click on this button to cancel all changes to the settings and exit this dialog box.
Create Button: Click on this button to save all changes and update the worksheet layout.
OK Button: Click on this button to save all changes and compute the outputs for this analysis.
If the answer to these questions is yes, then the coaching model is appropriate for this scenario. Click on OK to save the selected options.

The worksheet contains the coaching questions that you can consider using during your coaching session. Each phase of the GROW model has some sample questions. Feel free to modify the questions per your situation and document your conversation with your coachee. You can refer to the past coaching session's responses to help you determine if the coaching sessions are progressing well if the actions that the coachee has committed to in the past sessions are being followed, and if they were effective in getting the results. The objectives in each phase are:
  • Goals: What is the objective of this particular coaching session? Ensure you understand from the coachee what they want to get out of this meeting. It is their meeting and not yours - so they should set the agenda for this meeting.
  • Reality: Get the coachee to explain the current reality. What do they think has happened so far? What have they done about this issue to date? What has worked, and what factors do they consider relevant to this issue?
  • Options: What options are they considering to address this issue? The objective of a coach is never to provide answers directly or solve the problem for the coachee. The coach has to think about how they can develop the capabilities of the coachee so that they can solve the problem for themselves in the future. The coach can ask them questions to get the coachee to think for themselves about what is hindering the change, what alternatives exist, and what is the best possible option.
  • Finally, agree with the coachee what the next steps will be, in what timeframe they will plan to act, what roadblocks they anticipate, and how they plan to overcome them.


You will see the following dialog box if you click the Checklist button. Checklist The checklist contains a few pointers on things you must pay particular attention to while performing this analysis. The checklist has been derived from experience working on past projects. Not all the checklist items need to apply to you. However, you should carefully review the checklist and apply any recommendations that make sense for your project. Make sure to read each checklist item and mark it as completed after you have read and taken actions as appropriate for your project.
Item: The items on the checklist are listed on the left
Status: The status of whether the checklist has been answered is listed on the right.
Ideally, all items on the checklist should be marked as reviewed/completed.


If you click the Verify button, the software will perform some checks on the data you entered. A sample screenshot of the dialog box is shown in the figure below. Verify The software checks if you have correctly specified the input options and entered the required data on the worksheet. The results of the analysis checks are listed on the right. If the checks are passed, they are shown as green-colored checkmarks. If the verification checks fail, they are shown as a red-colored cross. If the verification checks result in a warning, they are shown in the orange exclamation mark. Finally, any checks that are required to be performed by the user are shown as blue info icons.
Item: The left-hand side shows the major tabs and the items checked within each section
Status: The right-hand side shows the status of the checks.
Overall Status: The overall status of all the checks for the given analysis is shown here. The overall status check shows a green thumps-up sign if everything is okay and a red thumps-down sign if any checks have not passed. Note that you cannot proceed with generating analysis results for some analyses if the overall status is not okay.


Once you have answered all the data on the worksheet, click on Compute Outputs to check that all the questions in the input dialog box were answered in the affirmative. There are no specific analyses for this dialog box. A sample screenshot of the coaching model outputs is shown below. Coaching Model Example There are no specific graphical outputs to interpret for this analysis. If all the template elements have been filled out, you will get the following message when you click the Compute Outputs button. Coaching Model Outputs You can save the results of each coaching session for your records and recall your past conversations with the coachee.


Here are a few pointers regarding this analysis:
  • You can add or change questions for each phase by opening the tools folder and editing the questions that are asked so that the next time around, these questions will be displayed when you select the coaching model.


The following examples are in the Examples folder.
  1. Perform a coaching session with your coachee and document your results (Coaching Model 1.xlsx).


For more information on this topic, please refer to the following articles. Do note that if any external links are mentioned below, they are for reference purposes only.