Coaching for High Performance

What is Brain-Based Coaching?

Through a brain-based methodology, managers can accelerate their ability to develop their team members, enabling individuals to achieve high performance outcomes and reach their potential.

It focuses on facilitating improved thinking and behaviours by engaging the whole brain, generating insights and utilising techniques proven to increase the likelihood of changing behaviours.

Coaching Skills for Managers

GROW-WISE coaching methodology

How does it differ from regular coaching?

The GROW Model is a well-established coaching methodology that many organisations have trained their managers in over the last two decades. It provides a great structural and directional basis as a foundation for a coaching conversation.

The GROW-WISE model provides the manager with a more clearly defined way of developing people that creates transformational change rather than purely transactional change.

The Iceberg Model (see illustration) shows that conversations which go ‘beneath the water level’ tap into an individual’s thoughts, feelings, barriers, fears, motivations and values. The WISE component spells out how to support an authentic, insight-driven, behaviour changing conversation.

Whole-brain goal setting is using the whole brain to set a goal which is more inspirational than simply a SMART goal. Both the manager and employee are more committed to the achievement of a goal when the brain lights up in many areas rather than a couple.

Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors


“We’ve now trained more than 1,500 managers from Australia’s most progressive bank in our GROW-WISE methodology and created a coaching culture in many organisations with coach champions to help embed the coaching”

Kristen Hansen

Training managers to “Ask Not Tell” (ANT) creates greater leverage from their team capability and generates a team of “thinkers” rather than only “doers”. Technically smart managers benefit particularly from a scientific evidenced-based approach to coaching for high performance.


  • Strategies to have regular performance conversations whilst supporting empowerment and learning
  • Establish a growth mindset about your own and others capabilities
  • Provide regular feedback (both positive and constructive in a way that motivates, encourages, empowers and develops team members)
  • Whole-brain coaching to increase engagement and outcome
  • Insight driven for more innovative ways to achieve outcomes
  • Improve likelihood of behavioural change and actions taken