Many professional coaches across the world use the TGROW model of coaching. This is because many coach training institutions find it simple and easy to teach coaching with that model.

However, did you know there are over 20 coaching models that you can still adopt and are simple and builds into your flexibility based on your coach-client engagements?

Do not be a boring coach who only uses one coaching approach for all your clients. The model becomes monotonous, and your clients can even know what questions or steps you will ask them before the sessions. This then creates an inauthentic coach-client process.

Coaching is dynamic. Try to learn many other approaches to make your coach-client engagement fun, engaging and authentic for maximum success and impact. I give a brief review of the ARROW coaching model with the hope that it will give you a different outlook and additional tools for your coaching practice.

ARROW MODEL was developed by Matt Somers and is a five-step coaching model. It is also known as the Coaching ARROW. The five steps of the ARROW model, together with possible questions, are highlighted in the table below:

StagePossible questions
AimsWhat do you wish to talk about in this session?
Why is this important to you?
How does this fit into your big picture goal?
What do you aim to achieve out of our session today?
RealityWhat is your current status on the issue?
What is currently happening?
ReflectionsWhat hinders the change/shift?
Can you take a deep breath of air inside and then out?
Okay, could is there another cause of the challenge?
Is that the only contributor to the issue at hand?
What else?
OptionsHow can you unblock the challenges?
What alternatives do you have?
How would you prioritize the alternatives?
Which is the most impactful?
Why so?
What about ……?
Way forwardCould I RECAP what we have discussed for you?
Do you feel your aim has been achieved for this session?
What do you hope to achieve before the next session?
What will we celebrate in the next session?
What accountability do you need to ensure the implementation of your actions?
Who can provide accountability to your commitment?
Do you need any support from my end as a coach?

There you go, try it out. I have tried this simple Coaching ARROW many times, alternating different coaching models based on my clients, and it has been a fantastic experience. All coaching models have some resemblance. Only the aesthetics is what also brings out more engagement with your clients and builds your authenticity than the rigidity of the coaching process.

Follow me. I will be sharing more coaching models and tools that I have used that may be of help to you.

About the Author

Gilbert Ang’ana (PhD Cand.)

CEO at Accent Leadership Group

  • Certified Leadership Coach and Teacher by Maxwell Leadership Team (MLT)
  • Certified Engagement & Productivity Coach by International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Global Accolades for Gilbert Ang’ana

  • African Leader of the Year 2022 by abcccp.com
  • Coach Consultant of the Year 2022 by abcccp.com
  • Top 50 thought leaders and influencers by Thinkers360.com
  • Top 40 Global Change management Gurus 2022 by leadersHum.com

Published by Coach Gilbert

I am Gilbert Ang'ana (Coach), the CEO/Founder of Accent Leadership Group. I am a Leadership Coach, Scholar and Practitioner with extensive experience in Corporate Leadership (15+ years). I am also an Award-winning Global Change Management Expert. I have worked with over 2000 leaders worldwide on various change management initiatives through Coaching, Training/Teaching, Speaking and Research. My purpose and that of my organisation are to Advance Leadership Advocacy in Africa and Beyond Through Coaching, Teaching & Research to Build a movement of Leaders whose Power of Influence will far Exceed the authority of their Position. Want to be part of this movement? Join our various programs at www.stepafrique.com

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