Here are some examples of GROW coaching questions you might want to use during each stage of the GROW model. They certainly aren’t intended as an exhaustive list and the questions you will ask during your coaching conversation will be determined by the dialogue you are having with your coachee at any one point in time.
These GROW coaching questions do however serve as examples to help illustrate the different stages of GROW and support the page which explains the GROW coaching model.
Note how all of the questions above are open questions therefore eliciting a response from the coachee of more than a "yes" or a "no".
It's also worth noting that none of the questions above start with the word "why". The reasons for this are that questions that start with the word "why" tend to imply judgement of some sort and this may change the thought process of the coachee.
For example "Why do you want to take this particular approach?" Whilst it is a valid question that will elicit an open response it may also cause the coachee to think that you, the coach, might believe an alternative approach is better.
For this reason, questions starting with the word "why" are best avoided.
Coaching for Performance, 4th Edition: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose (People Skills for Professionals) by Sir John Whitmore (Paperback - 12 Mar 2002)
Co-Active Coaching, 2nd Edition: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and, Life by Laura Whitworth (Paperback - 15 Feb 2007)