West Yorkshire Mentor Guide

The GROW Model Developed by sir John Whitmore, the GROW Model is a simple yet powerful framework for a powerful mentoring conversation. Sir John’s company has produced short explanatory video to explain its origins and concepts.

1. Goal Initially, identifying the goal is the priority. They might be short-term goals or more longer term aims. They may well be a combination, with shorter term objectives, establishing a clear pathway to a longer term goal. Goals should be stretching but achievable and motivational. 2. Reality The next stage is to identify the current situation. This could be via the Mentee’s self-assessment followed by some questioning from the Mentor to explore, clarify, challenge and offer feedback. Barriers, both real and imagined are discussed with the emphasis on looking for opportunities, rather than dwelling on perceived limitations. Understanding a Mentee’s mindset is important, as their development is linked to how they see themselves. 3. Options Once the real obstacles to achieving goals have been discussed, options to overcome issues preventing progress can be explored and evaluated. Think big, and be creative, this will lead to more solutions. It is still important to mindful of the Mentee’s circumstances and to invite suggestions, while encouraging them to think outside of their current reality. This will lead to some choices with some clear actions that can be taken forward. 4. Will With the choices and actions agreed, an action plan can be drawn up. It is important that the Mentee is able to take ownership of the action plan and the actions are within their control or influence. Action planning is a process and the results from one action, may lead to changes in subsequent plans. Flexibility and adaptability are key to remaining on track and marinating motivation


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