Coaching Assessment Models

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There are many different assessment models developed which enable the coach to assess the client from a number of varied perspectives. The majority of these models are simply used as a tool, providing a schema for noting observations. An ideal assessment model is an instrument used to obtain structure within the framework of the coaching encounter. The coach is never limited to the parameters of the model, but the model should provide a guide in the evaluation of the client. In other words, the model allows the coach to develop a frame of reference for client observation. Although, there is no single correct coaching model, the coach must rely on a broad range of coaching techniques to adequately assess the client’s condition and present circumstance. It is the multiplicity of views that offers the greatest coaching models (Watts & Corrie, 2013).
Lennard (2010) reminds us that the models merely provide an outline, a structure, and a direction. She also emphasizes the models are used to facilitate a method of exploration which is extremely important for client self-awareness and continual development. Coaching is centered on unlocking a person’s potential to maximize his or her own performance. Focusing on improving performance and developing skills is essential for an effective coaching outcome (Fielden, 2005). The use of a model can lead to greater insight and understanding by simplifying and clarifying this process.
After careful review, the author has decided to critique the Five Elements Model of assessment. The author feels this model provides clarity and highlights specific elements needed to properly assess the client’s current circumstance. The structure of the Five Elements Model is conducive to the use of o...

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