A coaching model is a framework, it does not tell you how to coach but rather it’s the underlying structure that you can use for when you’re coaching someone. It’s like having a high level strategy that allows you to “see the battlefield,” therefore increasing your ability to respond adequately to whatever coaching situation you’re faced with. Learning from different coaching models has definite value, as no one model has all of the answers to all of the challenges you’ll be faced with as a coach.

Most coaching approaches share some things in common:

  • The establishment of a relationship that’s built on trust, unfeigned communication and confidentiality.
  • The formulation of client-based, agreed upon goals and expectations.
  • A deep questioning and learning dynamic in relation to people’s goals.

By learning and understanding each model’s commonalities, you can then integrate and effectively create your approach.Whether you recognize it or not, your coaching approach can be boiled down to a process, a model of how you do things and get results. You don’t need be an expert in all coaching approaches, but you will eventually have to figure out a way of how to best help your client or employe achieve their goals.

Examples of 4 coaching models; GROW, SUCCESS; STEPPA, WHAT


  • Goals
  • Reality
  • Options
  • Will


  • Session Planning
  • Uplifting Experiences
  • Charting Your Course
  • Creating Opportunities
  • Expectations and Commitments
  • Synergy
  • Summary


  • Subject
  • Target Identification
  • Emotion
  • Perception and Choice
  • Plan
  • Pace
  • Adapt or Act

What is really behind behavior?
More importantly, how can you help your clients or employe change their behavior? Well, by finding out what may be driving HOW they do things.

  • What is your life vision?
  • What will you do by next week?
  • What is the main obstacle that’s preventing you from getting this?
  • What would it take to get past this block?
  • What is your dream-line?
  • What is the number one thing you got out of this session?

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