An epic new problem-solving framework
iGROW is an epic new framework for solving problems.
The GROW model is a simple method for goal setting and problem solving, first developed and used extensively in corporate coaching in the late 1980s and 1990s.
I first learned the model as part of my Personal Performance Coaching certification, with the UK Coaching Academy in London - and it radically changed the way I coach - and lead teams through problems.
I now use this model everyday, with both Agile Teams, and Agile Leaders, as part of the reflection and learning process.
Problem-solving has always been an important survival skill, and with the fast-paced changing environment we now live in, it’s quickly becoming our most valuable asset.
What is an issue or problem that you would like to change?
You don’t need to know how to change it yet, just pick something that it is a problem right now.
The key to solving a problem, is a well formed goal - and understanding the motivation to take action.
If this problem was solved, what would that look like?
How would you know, you’d solved the problem?
What would be happening, how would you be feeling?
What difference would this make on your life?
Unpacking a solid reality can lead to some great insight and raised awareness around the situation.
Where are you now?
What have you done so far?
What obstacles are you facing?
What strengths have you have used in the past that could help you now?
What resources do you have to help you?
What will be the impact of things staying the same?
Think of a time when you’ve solved a similar problem. What did you learn?
The options phase is a great opportunity to be creative. Encourage capturing all the 'obvious' options and then dig deep and enjoy exploring some of the wilder ones too.
What are some ideas you have come up with to solve this problem? What else?
If you secretly knew the answer to solving this, what would it be?
What would you do if wasn't an issue? E.g. money
What if time wasn't an issue, what could you do?
It's vital that you firm everything up with your client. What/When/How will they be taking their actions forward. Get the specifics. Get commitment. Encourage responsibility within your client.
Which option feels right for you?
What is the most important action you can take?
When will you do this?
On a scale of 1-10, how committed are you to taking these actions?
What could stop you from taking these actions?