Coaching for Success

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“Being a leader isn’t about having the answers, it’s about listening to others in order to find them.”  Bill McDermott

Coaching is the belief that the individual has the answers to their own problems within them. By asking open-ended questions and listening actively, your coach can guide the thinking process so that you can discover your own solutions.  Coaching is a comprehensive process that may involve all aspects of your life, including work, health, relationships, and beyond. It can help you better deal with your emotions, change your way of thinking/behavior, increase your productivity and unleash your potential.


Prior to selecting the “Coaching for Success” topic, make sure you understand what coaching is and whether it’s right for you by reviewing the “Feeling Stuck” quiz. Consider registering for a career coaching session with the Employee Experience team to see what it’s all about.  Also, consider enrolling in SAP’s Fundamental Coaching Skills 90-min course to learn how to coach others.

Remember, three things are needed for a successful coaching session: 1) Open Mindset – be open and honest, 2) Responsibility – speak up, be active, take ownership for yourself, embed coaching results in your daily work and 3) Self-Reflection – willingness to reflect on yourself and grow.

Dabra recommends using the GROW model (Goal, Reality, Options, Way Forward) for having development discussions, following up on constructive feedback, supporting the achievement of a goal or task and problem solving. If you are the coach, Dabra recommends leveraging the following Coaching template  and sample Coaching questions.


  • (G) Define goal: “What do you want to achieve?
  • (R) Explore situation: “Where are you in relation to your goal?”
  • (O) Ideas for solution: “What are your options? What could you do differently”?
  • (W) Choosing option/next steps: “What specific actions can you take now?”
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