December 14, 2020

The Momentum Method: An overview

We’ve heard again and again about a “magic moment” happening in Bravely sessions — a turning point when they’re suddenly able to see a path forward and excited to take action. They’d share that their Pro had made the thought of going forward and taking that first step feel less overwhelming and scary.

This is exactly what we intended when we developed The Momentum Method: a methodology that gives people the tools, confidence, and clarity they need to thrive at work.

For some, it might be getting proactive about goal-setting or developing new skills. For others, it might be figuring out how to approach a tough conversation with a manager, colleague, or direct report. Sometimes it’s a big step and other times it’s a baby step—but whatever the case, it’s a step in the right direction. 

Once momentum is sparked, it continues to build and grow. While coaching sessions take place on the individual, “micro” level, the impact is org-wide and macro. Conversations happen more frequently, more productively, and more proactively. People are more positive, more engaged, and more likely to stay. “First steps” culminate in a healthier culture.

What is the Momentum Method?

This diagram illustrates some of the key elements of the Momentum Method.

The inner layer represents the guiding principles Pros observe in conducting a Bravely session.

  • Foster empathy. Pros will guide you in taking on different perspectives, seeing a situation from all sides.
  • Challenge thoughtfully. Pros encourage you to actively examine the assumptions you may be making and to move toward a deeper understanding of your own needs.
  • Clear the path. Pros don’t give direct advice or prescribe next steps; instead, they open up your view of the options available to you, and allow you space to make an informed decision.

The outer layer represents the outcomes one can expect from working with a Bravely Pro.

  • Actionable game-planning. You can expect to end any session with specific, clear, and realistic next steps.
  • Perspective shift. Seeing a situation from a new angle can be the key to getting “unstuck.” 
  • Critical skill development. Over time, the tactics and strategies formed in coaching sessions solidify as skills (in communication, leadership, conflict resolution, change management, and more) that can be applied to a variety of situations.

Stages of a session

  1. Discovery: Share your perspective and identify your needs and desired outcomes.
  2. Perspective-taking: Seek to understand other viewpoints and forces at play.
  3. Mapping: Label the possible actions you could take, and determine what reactions, outcomes, and consequences could come from each.
  4. Strategy: Develop and agree upon a positive game plan, with as many specifics as possible, including a way to stay accountable.
  5. Synthesis: Apply new skills in the moment (including through roleplay) and close the conversation positively by talking about your strengths and opportunities for support.

The collective impact of individual momentum is powerful — Bravely’s coaching methodology gives companies a way to harness that impact for the good of everyone on their teams.

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