One of the courses we run in-house a lot is ‘Coaching with OSKAR’. For those who don’t yet know, OSKAR is the simple SF coaching process originally designed by Mark McKergow (me) and Paul Z Jackson for a project around 1999-2000. The client, a leading food manufacturer, wanted a coaching process which wasn’t GROW and which encouraged the sharing of know-how as well as process coaching. We came up with OSKAR, which has been developing fans and enthusiasts ever since.
OSKAR stands for:
- Outcome – what’s wanted – for the topic and the session, in general and then in detail
- Scale – on a scale from 1-10, where are you now? Mmmm….
- Know-how – what do we (the client, the coach, others) know about how to do this? What helps? What else? Who else is good at this? What do they do? etc
- Affirm and Action – what’s impressive so far, what small actions can be taken next (which includes finding more know-how)
- Review – what’s better
This is a process which can be learned quickly and put into practice. Even better, each of the elements can be used as a tool, so people don’t even need to stick to the process as defined! A great place to start with SF in the rush of the workplace environment. Read about our success with it in the NHS – http://www.sfwork.com/graphics/keys_to_unlock_leadership.jpg.
Also, read Mark and Jenny’s white paper on OSKAR on our articles page at http://www.sfwork.com/jsp/index.jsp?mnk=610#2. And read more in the second edition of The Solutions Focus – in our online shop at http://www.sfwork.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=825, or in any online bookseller worldwide.