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The paradox of creating dependence and independence in supervision

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The other day I reached out to a supervisee who I had supported to attain Accreditation.  I had not heard from her for a while…..  This was not unusual – often the intensity of the Accreditation process means that people “lay low” for a while gathering a different kind of energy for their supervision in

What does learning to drive and engaging in coaching supervision have in common?

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Today I was delighted to deliver (to over 100 members and 100 non-members) a webinar entitled “What’s so Super about Supervision?”.  To help illustrate how coaching supervision can help our practice I told the delegates a story about how I learned to drive … the story (I hope) helps bring to life the learning cycle1

Copying with pride : how team coaching is informing my group supervision work

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I carry a limiting belief, that I am more effective in one-to-one situations than I am in group situations.  Like all limiting beliefs, when I look for evidence that this is true … not much exists. However, what I do know to be true is that I feel more comfortable and confident in one to

The Sounds of Silence

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So, how long can you wait before breaking a silence? Of course each individual’s tolerance level is different and, more than that, silence often prompts a whole host of gremlins to jump onto our shoulder. Was my question not sharp enough?  Should I offer a follow up question?  Have I lost them? What did I

When’s the last time you pressed your pause button?

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As coaches we work to give our clients good space to think, reflect and work out how to fulfil their potential. But how often do we do this for ourselves? Since living in Weymouth, as far as possible I make a habit of taking a morning walk by the sea. An opportunity to engage in

How busy is your internal editor?

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When you come to supervision there is an underlying assumption that if you are to do quality work, you will need to feel safe to do so. Typically, you will have had a contracting discussion which, amongst other things, will have underlined that the relationship is a confidential one. And yet, from time to time

How do you manage your magpie tendencies?

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Once upon a time, I remember having a real thirst for gathering lots and lots of techniques that I could use with my coaching clients. I felt a little bit like a magpie – constantly attracted to bright shiny new techniques and taking them back to my nest to nurture! However, over time that has

What triggers you to get your scissors out of your pocket?

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At the Supervision Conference at Oxford Brookes a few weekends ago, Guy Claxton was the keynote and he told this story. Once upon a time a man saw a moth just as it was breaking out of its chrysalis. He watched the moth struggle to get through the casing – it seemed to have spurts

A day in the life of a coach: What’s it really like?!

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As part of International Coaching Week we gathered a group for discussion around “A day in the life of a Coach”. Those who attended were either just getting started in a new venture as a coach or were thinking of doing so in the near future. Michelle and Lorenza shared some of the highlights and

When could you invest in your development?

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Following on from our last blog about investing time, money, and directed energy in your own future, we thought it might be helpful to continue the conversation. In our Executive Coaching practices, we see critical moments when it is particularly worth backing yourself. There appears to be a “sweet spot” for development at these times, where

When did you last invest in yourself?

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This is a question one of us found ourselves asking a client recently. Unhappy at work, he started to compare himself to his peers and felt “less than”. It was when he started to lament the lack of leadership development he’d been given that the question was posed. His first response was to describe the energy

Using psychometrics in executive coaching

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In the context of development, a psychometric tool is a way of looking at individual differences and feeding that back to raise self-awareness. Often using a tool can give people the language to help them think about them self in relation to others, which can raise their social awareness. In turn this can make a

Drawing together a rationale for developing strong coaching capability in organisations

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We’ve been laying out a theme, that developing internal coaching capability is a great idea. Let’s take a step back and look at why we think that as a leader, using strong coaching skills and a coaching approach to your work will lead to better outcomes. One way we’ve found to explain this is below.

What are you doing for International Coaching Week?

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International Coaching Week (ICW) will be from 15th – 21st May 2017 and is an annual week-long global celebration of the coaching profession. It is used to raise awareness of coaching in business, sports and in all walks of life. Coaches all over the globe are getting involved in promoting the benefits that flow from

The Coaching Ripple Effect : could you be the start of it?

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One of the primary values of a coaching relationship is having the opportunity to “step back and consider what the best option really is without the pressure of time or politics”. So why do individuals value doing this with an Executive coach? Because they simply can’t do it amongst the maelstrom that exists within their organisation.  As

Coaching for 2020: What if there were no G in GROW?

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The recent events in both the UK (Brexit) and USA (Trump) seems confirmation that disruption and a VUCA world is our new norm. I have been talking with other coaches about what this might mean for the world of coaching. Our conclusion was that the paradigm that coaching is goal oriented needs to shift. Our

Are you giving out mixed leadership messages?

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There is a well-trodden phrase “do as you would be done by”. So we often imagine that how someone treats us, is how they wanted to be treated themselves. However, whilst that might be a useful principle, the reality is a bit more complex than that. For example, as a self-confessed “control freak” how I

Do you need to press your pause button?

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As an executive coach we are privileged to obtain an insight into many different organisations and how they operate.  Of course it’s easy to observe when you are on the outside looking in, when you don’t have to survive in the organisation and your career does not depend on the benevolence of a few key

What can goats teach us about complexity and contradiction?

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July is typically coaching conference season and I attended quite a few events this year. I always think that if you take two “nuggets” away which you actually use … then it’s a day well spent !  At the Coaching at Work conference, the theme was about coaching in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex &

Should coaching supervisors also provide a business mentoring service?

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As we all know the practice of supervision for coaches has originated from our therapeutic cousins. Whilst in coaching, supervision is not mandatory, we have come to recognise that just like our colleagues in other talking therapies, there is benefit in reviewing our work with a colleague.  To date those benefits have been packaged into

What were the chances?

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May 10th will see the 6th International Coaching Supervision Conference at Oxford Brookes.  I was tickled pink when I heard that three of the four proposals I submitted with colleagues have been selected for the event.  What’s particularly heartening is that Oxford Brookes received three times the number of submissions from speakers than they had

Building your Resilience : 5 common mistakes and how to avoid them

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Most of our working lives are a fine balance between finding work that truly engages us and being in constant “overdrive” to meet the (sometimes stimulating) demands placed on us.  Typically we develop coping strategies to maintain some sense of control. However, sometimes the most common approaches to managing pressure don’t actually build our resilience

Coming soon to a bookstore near you!

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Well I am delighted to say that the multiple and long train journeys from London to Weymouth and back, have had their use!  Over the last year I have been collaborating with David Clutterbuck and Carol Whitaker to write a book about supervision … but with a difference!  Most of the books currently available about