A Coaching Model Created by Karen Atwell
(Executive Coach, UNITED STATES)
The DISCS Model acts as both a coaching process and a problem solving model so it works well in both macro and micro coaching situations. It also lends itself well to group coaching and white boarding exercises. My practice includes the development and implementation of internal coaching program in corporate settings. This model is also easy to teach during our Train the Coach classes.
The DISCS Model begins with helping the client Discover what they really would like to accomplish. This can be a vision and/or a goal. Once the desired outcome is visualized and articulated, we can begin to Identify where the client is now and explore the reality of the gap. We then begin to Strategize by brainstorming all the options the client may have for closing the gap. Once the client has exhausted all known options, we can begin to narrow the field by Charting a course for moving forward. This may be in the form of a coaching plan or an action plan. Finally, we explore what type of Support the client will need to stay accountable to moving forward. This may be through the coach, their boss, peers or family. Or, it may be through the use of electronics, journaling or meditation.
The DISCS process can work well in self-coaching so I teach it openly in the hopes that clients will adopt it with themselves and their relationships at home and at work.