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Are You Ready to G.R.O.W.? Part 2 - YOUR REALITY


We often find ourselves stagnated - whether it is in our career or, sometimes, even in life. The G.R.O.W. method is an excellent tool that can be used for many areas of stagnation. The more that I use this method, the more I find that it can be used for so many areas of life. The main two areas that I use this tool is for coaching and for mentoring and can be easily mastered using these 4 principles to working through and solving any problem. This method has been used to help leaders become more effective coaches, to help mentors become more effective mentors and to help ANYONE improve their ability to solve any problem. It is not only a systematic method to solve a problem and put actions into place, but it is easy to remember and can be applied to any type of situation. The more you use these principles, the easier it becomes and it becomes “second nature” to getting the results you desire.

So, here it is, G.R.O.W. - G.R.O.W. stands for Goal, Reality, Obstacles/Options, and Way Forward. Today we will double-click on the REALITY and then discuss how to use this G.R.O.W. model in your mentoring and coaching conversations.

REALITY: Identify the current situation and map out the pros and the cons of where they and where they need to go to complete the goal. This will help clarify the problem and set up a path to solving it.

REALITY: What is the current situation?

The second step in the G.R.O.W. Model is becoming aware of the current situation. This involves some self-evaluation to determine the follow-up. You cannot identify Obstacles, Options or the Way Forward until you realistically identify where you are right now.

When you work through the REALITY step, it is important to identify any patterns or themes that would keep you from moving forward in the process. For example: Does the mentee have multiple projects that will keep them from focusing on the current situation? This may be addressed as an obstacle but it has to be identified as a current status before moving on.

So how do you use the G.R.O.W. method to determine your REALITY? By asking questions. This method does not work if you TELL, TELL, TELL! Through a combination of asking questions, you can determine your current situation and begin to work through the remainder of the steps in the process. Not sure where to start? Use some of the sample REALITY questions below.

Sample REALITY Questions:

  • How are things going right now?

  • What are your priorities?

  • What resources do you have o to accomplish your goal?

  • What is going well?

  • What have you done so far?

  • What are examples of issues you are facing?

Stay tuned for PART 3 in this series when we discuss OBSTACLES/OPTIONS. Missed the previous posts in the series? View them in the BLOG.


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