Coaching models explored: STAR

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Here's the latest entry in Tim Hawkes's occasional series dissecting popular (and not so popular) coaching models

The STAR model

The idea of working to a model is especially useful when starting out in coaching, as is often the case when an organisation starts to develop and build a coaching culture. It provides both focus and structure. As the experience and confidence of the coach grows, so the model becomes less of a factor until each intervention virtually creates its own structure and focus is supplied by the coach’s own ability to step back and allow the client room to talk and to think.

The model I want to look at today is STAR. In fact, there are a couple of different versions of STAR, but the one I am going to show you was developed by David Bonham-Carter [1] and is rooted in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). As such, it is most suited to problem solving and stress management.

Situation: What is the specific situation which may create a difficulty for you?

Task (or Thoughts): What thoughts go through your mind and what do you think you should do?

Action: How do you typically act in the situation in response to it and in response to your thoughts and feelings?

Results: What are usually the results for you of your actions in practical terms and in terms of how you feel afterwards?

As you can see straight away, this is a means of having the client explore their own behaviour. Casting a spotlight on things that are irrational or have been overblown allows him or her to see that their behaviour may be based on groundless fears or worries, and to start developing a coping strategy or a change in their behaviour when faced with the specific situation.

A fast and highly effective way to help someone get rid of damaging or limiting thoughts and behaviours. 

Tim Hawkes is managing director of Unlimited Potential

[1] Have a look at David’s website for more information

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World Leader in Developing organisational coaching cultures

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