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The tools and resources provided are to supplement becoming more coach-like by engaging in peer-to-peer coaching after members have received MyNavy Coaching training.
MyNavy Coaching Instruction
Choosing to engage in MyNavy Coaching is optional, is not a requirement, nor is it intended to be an administrative burden.
For those members who are interested in honing the skills that contribute to more coach-like behaviors, it is recommended to review the non-directive
BUPERS Instruction 5357.1
, MyNavy Coaching Manual, and also sign up for a training.
MyNavy Coaching Training Workshops
Training for MyNavy Coaching is still in development and being piloted.
It is not intended to be computer training but training that is held virtually or in-person to experience the power of coaching.
Current workshops in development include a 4-hr workshop, a 2-day version, and a 5-day version.
If you are interested in you or your command to receive a workshop, please contact
The training consists of growing our Sailors to be more coach-like through a 4-step process of engaging in peer-to-peer coaching that includes:
1) Setting the Foundation
2) Creating the Partnership
3) Communicating Effectively
4) Driving Results/Accountability
The three core skills used in coaching are: Active listening, empathy, and asking powerful, open-ended questions.
To have the coaching conversation, a framework known as the GROW Model* (Goal, Reality, Options, and Will) is used. Here are some examples of using these questions in a coaching conversation.
What is your goal you would like to focus on? What makes this goal important to you? (Goal)
What feedback have you received in your current environment that indicates that you should work on this goal? (Reality)
What are some options you have to work on this? What are two thing you could do right now that will get you closer to your goal? (Options)
When will you start working on these options? How will I know you’ve made progress? How do you want me to hold you accountable? (Will)
*Permission to use GROW Model granted by estate of Sir John Whitmore and Performance Consultants International.
What can I do to practice being more coach-like until official training is released?
Be a Coaching Champion
Reach out to the MyNavy Coaching Team to request a workshop in the interim
From the MyNavy Coaching Leader Handbook, p. 7, you can start doing the following:
1) Be a role model for coaching behaviors. Learn and practice the skills yourself.
2) Leverage coach-like behaviors in the developmental conversations you are already having such as Mid-term Counseling, Career Development Boards, After Action Reviews, and on-the-spot / informal coaching moments.
3) Talk about it. Make coaching a regular talking point during quarters, all-hands meeting, and talk to Sailors about how these skills will benefit their personal relationships and professional goals.
4) Allow time for Sailors to have coaching conversations and encourage them!
5) Provide time and space for an onboard coaching community to develop where Sailors can coach each other and share their successes and challenges with each other.
6) Understand that these coach-like behaviors are not intended to be tracked. There are no reporting requirements and should not be viewed as an administrative burden.
7) Offer challenges and incentives. Recognize individuals who are leading and participating in the effort to be more coach-like.
MyNavy Coaching Optional Peer-to-Peer Coaching Forms
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Peer-to-Peer Coaching Checklist
Provides a 30-60-90-day plan to get started with coaching that also includes choosing a peer for coaching
Readiness for Coaching
Helps to determine someone’s readiness to engage in coaching by asking some open-ended questions; regardless of the responses, all members should be encouraged to engage in these conversations
Peer Coaching Intake
Helps to identify possible topics to work on during a coaching partnership
Peer Coaching Partner Agreement
Obtains a commitment from both the coach and the coaching partner to meet a certain number of times over a certain period
Coach-Like Skills Evaluation Tool
Provides specific feedback on how well the coach used the core skills of coaching (i.e., active listening, empathy, asking powerful questions)
Coaching Hours Log
Used to organize and track coaching hours
Military Individual Development Plan
Used to track and document development while providing structure to a coaching conversation
For more information on the Military Individual Development plan,
MyNavy Coaching Handbooks
These handbooks supplement the MyNavy Coaching training and are not required reading yet members may find them very helpful.
MyNavy Coaching Leader Handbook
Designed to equip leadership with tools, tips, and techniques to create a coaching culture within your command
MyNavy Coaching Handbook
Designed to be used by individuals who have completed a MyNavy Coaching training workshop and are using or planning to engage in peer-to-peer coaching with others
MyNavy Coaching News
DoD Coaching Portal
Library of Professional Coaching
USMC Leadership Tool
MyNavy Coaching Infographics
Career Counselor Handout
Engaging in Performance Counseling for Supervisors and Members
GROW Model Handout
Positive and Constructive Feedback
What is MyNavy Coaching
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