RIDLEY & COMPANY


Coaching Supervision

Coaching supervision takes your practice to the next level, provides a means of demonstrating quality to your clients, and helps you get better results for your clients and organisation.

 

Why coaching supervision?

  • Improve your coaching practice and service
  • Develop your coaching skills, knowledge and behaviour
  • Help your clients get better results
  • Demonstrate good practice as a coach
  • Get support as a coach

Who is coaching supervision for?

  • Independent coaches—When you provide coaching and mentoring as a service.
  • Internal coaches—When you provide coaching and mentoring within your organisation.
  • Leaders using coaching as a management style—When you use coaching as part of your day-to-day management style.

What is coaching supervision?

Supervision is used to support the overall professional development of a coach and their coaching practice.

It is considered good practice and provides a way for coaches to focus on their own development through coaching, just as they would help a client. 

Supervision is highly confidential. The coach may share experiences and cases from their coaching practice with the supervisor for reflection and learning.

The supervisor can often help the coach discover new insights or see new perspectives of their coaching practice.

It also gives the coach chance to experience being coached, which may help them empathise with, and increase awareness of their coachee’s experiences.

Supervisory sessions provide a safe and confidential place for coaches and supervisors to discuss issues and experiences to further their professional development and overcome challenges. Supervision can often help coaches to transfer knowledge, skills and behaviour from theory to successful practical application.

How does a coaching supervisor help?

A coaching supervisor will:

  • Provide a confidential place to discuss your coaching cases and review them with you
  • Help you develop a coaching contract or agreement with your coachees where appropriate
  • Help you review the boundaries you have with your coachees and coaching practice
  • Provide you with new and different perspectives on your practice
  • Help you identify blind spots in your practice
  • Provide objective sound-boarding opportunities
  • Provide you with constructive feedback
  • Offer a chance to role play different coaching scenarios
  • Suggest effective coaching questions
  • Help you reflect on the application of your code of conduct and ethics
  • Challenge the coach’s bias and unconscious behaviours
  • Help you manage the different stakeholders of your coaching practice
Plus: 

  • Being a coach can sometimes be a lonely role as there are limited people you can talk to about it, supervision provides someone you can talk to about coaching in confidence
  • Sometimes as a coach it can feel like you are supposed to have all the answers, coaching supervision provides a safe space where you don’t have to have all the answers and can discuss your coaching freely
  • It enables time to look after yourself—It’s easy to be focused on helping clients. By helping yourself, your clients will benefit too.
  • Supervision activities help to develop a coach’s own ‘internal supervisor’. The development of an ‘internal supervisor’ will allow the coach to be aware of their own practice and make self-directed adjustments.

How does it work?

You will meet with your coaching supervisor at a frequency that suits your development. This will likely be once a month, but could be more or less frequent depending on your needs.

You can meet your coaching supervisor in person or via the phone or video call.

The structure of these sessions is flexible to allow you to bring your recent coaching experiences for reflective conversation.

We will look at various aspects of your coaching practice which will help you reflect on, understand and improve in these areas of focus:

  • Your client situation
  • Your interventions as a coach
  • The relationship you have/are building with your clients
  • You as a coach
  • The relationship with your supervisor
  • Input from your supervisor
  • Your wider coaching context
  • Management of the stakeholders in your coaching practice

 There is no set order for the above areas, you will explore them with your supervisor as appropriate. 

In more detail each of the areas:

Your client situation

We  will explore the content of your coaching conversations.

In addition, we will also reflect on how issues are presented and framed by your client.

Your interventions as a coach

We will look at the interventions you made as a coach, review how effective they were, reflect on what worked and what didn’t and also discuss any alternative approaches.
 

In addition, we can discuss upcoming your upcoming coaching sessions, your session planning, your options for intervention and the impact they might have.

Your coaching relationship

 We will explore the relationship that you are building with your coaching clients. 

You will learn about the effects of the relationship on your coaching effectiveness and how you might want to change or improve it.

You as a coach

Often coaching conversations and client issues can prompt a coach to reflect on their own situations and generate ideas. Supervision in this area enables you to identify these thoughts and take action where appropriate.

The relationship with the supervisor

Here we will focus on the relationship between you and your supervisor. This will enable you to identify any behaviours and perspectives of being coached that you may have adopted or recognise from your clients.

Input from your supervisor

When appropriate, your supervisor will give you objective and unbiased input on areas of your coaching practice based on their experience of your coaching practice . In general, your supervisor will take a coaching approach but there are times that more direct feedback will be given to help you learn, overcome situations and grow. 
 
 Your wider coaching context

This part of the supervision will explore the effects the wider context is having on your coaching and the effect your coaching is having on  the organisation in order to to adjust process and coaching practice accordingly.

We will look at your wider coaching context including the organisational, social, cultural, ethical and contractual context in which you conduct your coaching.

Management of stakeholders

We will explore your stakeholders and your coachee’s stakeholders as required to ensure you are managing them effectively.

Your coaching supervisor

David Ridley

Coach, Mentor, Coaching supervisor, Consultant

David has been coaching since 2012 and has experience with executive coaching, business coaching, career development and career change coaching, start-up owner mentoring, and wider business consulting and training.

David has a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

David is also a Chartered Manager from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and has a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, also from the Chartered Management Institute.

Read more about David

We Will Help You Every Step Of The Way

Coaching supervision can take your practice to the next level, provide a means of demonstrating quality to your clients and help you get better results for your clients and organisation..

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

We understand that you may have questions and concerns. If your question isn’t answered below, send us a quick message with your question and we’ll help.

Why should I work with an external coach ?

Professional coaches have

framework

no bias other than heping you succeed

objective

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