It is considered good practice - in our view essential - for a coach to work with a supervisor.
But is good practice reason enough to try supervision? Coaching Supervision Academy asserts that our supervision services deliver real ROI… both for coach and coachee. To demonstrate the very tangible difference good supervision can make, here are some of the scenarios we regularly encounter – and help to solve:
Specific focused attention through coaching supervision is not only one of the strongest coach development supports I know of, I think it's also a mandatory part of a dedicated, professional coach's portfolio
- Coachee – high achiever, driven, asking coach to increase performance; Coach senses that coachee is heading for a crash, but does not know what is really going on. Insights from CSA tools makes huge shift in perception for the coach and the work is back on track.
- Coach is caught between pressure from employer and coachee’s situation. Coachee genuinely unable to progress. What does coach do? Time to reflect away from the pressure of the situation, allows coach to find new ways forward for the next session.
- Coach wants to learn much more about the psychology underpinning client issues. Coach keen to recognise what is going on in the dynamic between coach and coachee in the sessions. Supervision brings increased knowledge and understanding, leading to growing competence for the coach.
- Coachee suddenly presents unexpected personal material. Coach wants to be more confident and skilled in this area and needs support and information quickly.
- Coach is aware that s/he wants to refresh skills and polish the more subtle aspects of coaching, and calls the supervisor for an in-depth review of her work.
- Coach unsure if coachee situation requires counselling or coaching. Uses supervision to reflect on all aspects of this dilemma and whether or not supervision can support the coach to stick with the coachee and thus increase their coaching range over time.
- Coachees get angry! Coach quickly needs to find out how to work with this, and other strong emotions, without getting overwhelmed.
- Coach’s personal and professional development is increasing as is their sense of the ‘Bigger Picture’ and the coach wants to work more deeply with coachees. Coach uses supervision to explore this and to confirm new insights.
- Coach rarely acts on intuitive hunches that occur in sessions – hunches which, with hindsight , were accurate and would have moved the coaching forward. With careful nurturing of intuition and the Internal Supervisor in supervision, the coach uses intuition more frequently and learns to access the information of the body/mind as it emerges in coaching sessions.
- Coach wants to develop the use of Image Work in coaching. Through supervision of specific exchanges in coaching sessions and teaching about the range of Image Work and about Guided Imagery, coach gains much greater competence and effectiveness.
- Coach is unaware how the politics/culture of the organisation is affecting the coaching. In conversation with the supervisor, coach becomes much more knowledgeable about the system in which they are operating and can understand and execute their role more effectively.
Want to know more about how we can help with these – and many more – coaching issues? Call us today on 01323 897 344. Alternatively, browse our supervision services.