'Supervision' for coaches has many different connotations. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Supervision is a formal arrangement for coaches to discuss their work regularly with someone who is experienced in coaching, supervision, tools and techniques.
- It has sometimes been called 'Super Vision' as a way of demonstrating that it is not restrictive or prescriptive but rather a process for increasing creativity.
- Encouragement and facilitation of the ongoing self development, continued professional development and learning of the coach.
- Confidential, non-judgmental space for the coach to explore what is going on in their coaching, to discuss what issues come up for them and to have meaningful conversations about these issues.
- Observed coaching
What are the benefits?
- Continuous improvement for you the coach, the coachee and if applicable the organisation.
- Personal development for you the coach by monitoring client work and developing existing or new skills in a supportive environment.
- Maximising the coaching investment by diminishing risk and enhancing attention to the organisational drivers.
- Maintaining standards and ethics - coaching applied ethically and effectively.
- Growing and developing the profession by focusing on outstanding results and coaching.
Together we reflect on your coaching, the coach/client partnership, and the organisation(s) and environment(s) in which you work as a coach. This focus enables you to be the best possible coach for your clients, which in turn maximises the results.
I don't use one particular model rather take a flexible, holistic and eclectic approach agreeing timings and needs that work for your organisation, your clients and your own professional development. As well as reflective practise, I can listen to coaching recordings and provide feedback on what I observe in the session.
I am empathic, pragmatic, down-to-earth, structured, action-oriented, and focused whilst taking a holistic approach. I am there to support you with your specific coaching clients as well as your overall development, as a coach.
I work over the phone and face-to-face. Coach supervision can be individual or within a group.
There are varied views on the frequency of supervision sessions. It depends on your current clients, developmental needs and experience. I see regularity as important and recommend one session every 4 -6 weeks although some of my clients are less frequent - it depends on the amount of coaching you are doing.
For experienced coaches, the emphasis will be reflective practise with occasional coaching skills observation. We can all learn something new or else we can get into bad habits!
For more information and explanation from the ICF.
Ideally you are a coach who is serious about developing yourself and so be the best possible coach for your clients. I have provided coach supervision for professional coaches since 2007; both newer coaches and those more experienced, whether career or executive coaches. You can be working as an independent or on an associate basis within an organisation. You could be an ‘external’ or working as an ‘internal’ coach. The key point is that you know that reflection and learning about yourself enables your coaching to be the best possible for your clients. Supervision can be individual or within a group.
Mastery UK PCC Coach · 02 April 2012
I hire Claire to support me to take my coaching to a higher level of mastery, to challenge me and get me to think more about how I interact with clients.
Clarify skills Spanish Coach · 17 November 2010
She has pushed me on all the right issues and helped me to clarify how can I strengthen my coaching skills in important ways.