“People only see what they are prepared to see.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Coaching Supervision…Hmmm… I heard about it recently. What is it really and how is it different from coaching?”, asked many curious coaches/practitioners whom I ran into at various personal development conferences.
From the most simplistic level (a balcony view), coaching supervision is coaching for coaches and practitioners alike where the primary focus of the conversation is around all aspects of their practice by using specific client cases.
From an expanded level (a helicopter view), coaching supervision is about activating the body of knowledge in the relational space – within self, between individuals, among groups, and across a web of systems – all in service of deepening the level of coaching conversations and elevating the quality of coach practice.
From a transformative level (an alchemist view), coaching supervision provides a platform for coaches/practitioners to awake to a broader understanding of human being and a fuller appreciation of the dynamics brought forth by the complex and profound systems in which we all take part to create.
The following excerpts from the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and International Coach Federation (ICF) may provide another lens for you:
EMCC defines coaching supervision as…
The interaction that occurs when a coach brings their coaching work experiences to a supervisor in order to be supported and to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative learning for the development and benefit of the coach, their clients, and their organizations.
ICF views coaching supervision as…
Coaching Supervision focuses on the development of the coach’s capacity through offering a richer and broader opportunity for support and development. Coaching supervision creates a safe environment for the coach to share their successes and failures in becoming masterful in the way they work with their clients.
My passion as a Coach is to create lasting change in clients. I am even more passionate as a Coach Supervisor to transform relational understanding in coaches and practitioners through which they will touch many through their own coaching practice.
- Have you ever pondered on a particular coaching conversation with a client, even after it was long over?
- Have you imagined the different “what-if” scenarios and outcomes of a coaching session?
- Have you experienced a session that left you exhausted, feeling like you have worked much harder than the client?
- How about when you sense a power dynamic in a coaching relationship, how do you work with that?
- When a client’s reaction catches you by surprise, how do you handle the unexpected?
- What about if you were presented with an ethical dilemma?
- Do you honor client successes that have enabled you to show up fully and deeply?
Coaching Supervision has been a game changer for me. It has accelerated my growth as a professional. It has deepened trust in partnering with my clients. It is a space where I am restored to reflect deeply into who I am as a practitioner. It has enriched my client conversations with full-spectrum colors, multi-dimensional shapes, and ever-changing textures.
Coaching Supervision can create a breakthrough in your coaching practice! If you are curious, I would love to share more with you. Let’s chat!