Useful Coaching Questions

February 18th, 2011 by Sarah Green Leave a reply »

Since 2000 Zircon has worked to Coach and Develop Senior Leaders and to challenge them to become the best they can be. We use a variety of coaching techniques when partnering with our clients including, Appreciative Inquiry, Situational Leadership, CBT, NLP, GROW, Values, Visioning Exercise, Life Line and Positive Insight Strengths cards. When using the GROW Model we ask some of the enclosed coaching questions:

Goal

• What is the issue or topic that you would like to focus on?
• What are you seeking to achieve by the end of this coaching session?
• In the long term what is your goal?
• What would you like to achieve?
• What is your objective?
• What is the time frame?
• How badly do you want to achieve this goal?
• What would the impact of achieving this goal be?
• What would success be like when you have achieved it?
• How will you know when you have achieved it?
• What short-term goals can you identify, with their time frames?

Reality

• Tell me more about the present situation.
• What issues do you have related to this?
• Who is affected by this issue other than you?
• Who knows about your desire to do something about it?
• How much control do you personally have over the outcome?
• Who else has some control over it and how much?
• What action steps have you taken on it so far?
• What stopped you from doing more?
• What obstacles will you need to overcome on the way?
• What, if any, internal obstacles or personal resistances do you have to taking action?
• What resources will you need? Where will you get them from?
• What is really the issue here, the nub of the issue or the bottom line?

Options

• What are all the different ways in which you could approach this issue?
• Could you make a list of all the alternative ways of achieving this goal?
• What are the complete and partial solutions?
• What else could you do?
• What would you do if you had more time, a larger budget or if you were in control?
• What would you do if you could start again with a clean sheet, with a new team?
• What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these in turn?
• Which would give you the best result?
• Which of these solutions appeals to you most, or feels best to you?
• Which would give you the most satisfaction?
• What feels right? Why?

Will

• Which option did you choose?
• To what extent does this meet all your objectives?
• What are your criteria and measurements for success?
• When are you going to start and finish each action step?
• What could hinder you in taking these steps or meeting the goal?
• What personal resistance do you have, if any, to taking these steps?
• What will you do to eliminate this external and internal resistance?
• Who needs to know what your plans are?
• What support do you need and from whom?
• What will you do to obtain that support and when?
• What could I do to support you?
• What is your commitment from 1 to 10 when progressing these agreed actions?
• What prevents this from being a 10?
• What could you do or alter to raise your commitment close to 10?

For further information about our coaching services please contact Dr Amanda Potter 01737 555 862.

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