Monday, May 13, 2013

Core Coaching Competency - Goal Setting

Goal setting, along with the focus on accountability, awareness, and action are all defining features of any
coaching model. How are you working with goals with your clients?

Most of us are familiar with the SMART goal framework:
S - Specific
M - Measurable - this may involve percentages, numbers or other measures so we can see how progress is being made
A - Achievable - is this goal achievable with stretch?
R - Realistic
T - timebound - what are the specific timeframes in which the goals will take place

In working with goals it is always useful to consider the overall time orientation - what are the key goals in the short term, medium term and long term?

John Whitmore poses a couple of other goal frameworks in his book - Coaching for Performance - including PURE (positively stated, understood, relevant and eithical) and CLEAR (Challenging , Legal, Environemntally Sound, Appropriate, Recorded) (Whitore, Coaching For Performance, 2003, pp 61).
This week as you move through your coaching conversations notice how you are working with goals with your clients. What approaches are supporting them most? Which time orientation are you looking at?

Have a terrific week.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Potentials Realized | GroupCoachingEssentials 
Author of Effective Group Coaching and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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