Have you considered, if Professional Coaches support leaders in accessing their true potential in order to reach their goals, what do coaches do to remain “Fit for Purpose”?
For coaches to effectively and consistently support clients through their coaching journey, they must themselves regularly feel resourced and remain aware of ‘how they are being’ while they do ‘what they are doing’. More complexity in the business environment for leaders demands that coaches up their craft and enhance their capacity to coach on a regular basis.
It’s like, if coaches have to be the mirror for their clients, they must keep this mirror clean and fit for purpose.
Coach SuperVISION is one such practice that is individualised for personal professional development. EMCC and Australian Coaching bodies make it a mandatory practice for coaches.
ICF recognises it as part of the CIPD for coaches and upto 10 hours of Coaching SuperVISION is counted towards Continuing Coach Education (CCE) requirements.
The objective of Coach SuperVISION is to provide a regular (often fortnightly/ monthly) forum within which a coach can reflect on their coaching work with a trained supervisor. Together, the coach and the supervisor explore different facets of the coaching engagement and consider external perspective to the dilemmas and issues facing the coach. A couple of common examples that are brought to SuperVISION by coaches are:
- Getting drawn into client’s system and not being able to keep a neutral stance
- Judgments for Self and the Client and even the Sponsors
- Emotional triggers listening to client challenges and issues
- Not being able to make headway in a situation brought in by the Client
- Complex situations where no definite framework/model will work
- Very personal conversations out of the scope of coaching work
- Client not making progress on the coaching goals
Coaches use both individual and/or group SuperVISION as forums for their on-going development which adds an additional level of quality they bring to their coaching clients. Trained Supervisors are able to identify and explore parallel processes, blind spots and/or transference in the coach/client contexts which the coaches find invaluable. They take it as an opportunity to explore different perspectives, take a closer look at “how are they showing up” and if that is interfering in the coaching work with clients.
Whether you’re just getting started as a coach or you’ve been coaching for many years, working with a supervisor plays an important part in your ongoing professional development and personal wellbeing.
Coach SuperVISION is all people practitioners who are coaches, HR professionals, consultants and mentors who are supporting others in their personal and professional development.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the next cohort of coach supervision.
ICF credentialed Coaches can use upto 10 hours of supervisions towards CCEUs for their re-credentialing process.