GROW model

To get the best out of your mentoring sessions, you may wish to use the GROW model (highlighted below). This can help to focus the mentee's action plan and get results. This is an adapted model from John Whitmore (1996).

Stage 1

Identify the Goal

Clarify the purpose and focus of the session.

  • What do you want from today's meeting?
  • What outcome do you want by the end of the session?
  • What areas do you want to work on?

Stage 2

Check the Reality

Build a picture of the present situation.

  • What is happening right now in relation to this?
  • How much control do you personally have over the outcome?
  • What have you done so far?
  • What is really the issue?

Stage 3

Identify Options

Explore the possibilities and identify preferred options.

  • What are all the ways you could approach this?
  • List all your options.
  • What might you do if you were to start with a clean sheet?
  • Which option most appeals to you?

Stage 4

Engage the Will to act

Make a robust action plan.

  • What exactly will you do?
  • Which option or options do you now choose?
  • What are your criteria for success?
  • What could stop you taking these steps?
  • What commitment, on a scale of 1 to 10, do you have towards taking these next steps? What stops this from being 10?