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It seems that there is no shortage of special causes which deserve a “day” of recognition – and coaching and coaching supervision is no exception.   The week commencing 7th May has been identified as International Coaching Week and within that week, Friday 11th is being heralded as International Coaching Supervision Day. In support of that day we wanted to share with you some of the stories of our AC Members who are Supervisors.

 

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A day for rapport to come to the fore.

Posted By Lorenza Clifford, Coachange Ltd, 06 July 2018
Updated: 02 April 2019

A day in the life of a coaching supervisor:

When I woke this morning, before I even moved, as every day, I asked myself what I want my story to be today. I spend a moment listening to my own stuff, quietly in my head and taking care of myself. Being consciously aware and taking control of my narrative from the first moment was a take-away from the Acceptance and Commitment training in 2017, which helps me enormously in the work that I do, as well as in my life.

After a quick coffee, I drop my son off in the next village to catch his bus and take the three dogs for our 4km run. I only have one dog normally, but I have 2 holiday dogs to look after just now, so I have chosen a rural spot where we can run across country with no tangling leads to bother with.

Feeding dogs and showering takes me up to 9.15, when I find myself at my desk, thankful for the cool and preparing for a coaching session by phone. My client is an ambitious and clever person, who has just stepped up to become a Director in financial services. He has little previous experience, and so together, we process the work he is facing, the challenges in what is occurring, to help him rise to the occasion. The other role I hold here is to open up the space for him to reflect back and think forward so he can visualise the future and think about how to communicate his story, vision and ideas successfully.

A quick pause to write notes after this work, and a break - during which I say hi to my teenage daughter and hang the washing out. I decided to sort out my coaching log, which I have lapsed on, leaving a gap of a few months. I log coaching, supervision and group sessions, and then go on to track my CPD, training and my own supervision. I try to keep on top of this, and I’m reflecting on how busy it is beginning to feel, thankfully, when I take a call from an ex colleague about a speaking spot at a networking meeting. If we can find a date that works for us both and a subject, it will be fun to return and keep my profile fresh with this group.

I let the dogs out in the garden to lie in the shade, grab lunch and get straight on with the afternoon. Next, I’m host for a Group Supervision Experience Call. This is a volunteer role I’m new to, and I enjoy it enormously. It is clearly is valued by the people who take up this AC member benefit. I’m not sure who learned the most during this call, which was with two coaches, one highly experienced and the other a new coach. I think it may have been me !-) We had a good session together, the rapport clicking and developmental thinking and exploring feeling spacious though we only had one hour.

My next appointment is a supervisee who prefers to work one-to-one, and we have both audio and video on today. She is calling from Canada, where it is still morning. Her coaching work is in helping clients make great career decisions and move toward their future better prepared. She is growing her relatively new business and our conversations have been valuable, with new clients on the horizon. She reports greater clarity about how she is approaching contracting conversations and closing the sales stage in a developmental rather than a business-like way. This smoother transition between the two is helping her rapport with her clients and her confidence. We discuss a client case and reflect on the pace of the work, and how you know you have the right pace for this client.

I do a few admin bits, and pay a bill, and then reflect on the day. I feel that the theme has been all about rapport: getting it, losing it, regaining it, using it, feeling it. I feel unusually at ease with myself for this time of day and smile as I notice that that is also about rapport – being in tune with me. I’m hearing the dogs start to go nuts and I know it is time to greet the family after their day. I’m thankful that I am here in the family space and able to spend time with them before my 3 teens fledge.

Tags:  #rapport #adayinthelife  acceptance and commitment  coaching  group supervision experience calls  rapport  supervision 

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Making a splash across the pond!

Posted By Margaret Joao, 210253703, 20 April 2018
Updated: 20 April 2018
I have a coaching supervisor colleague of mine who runs a coaching supervision school on the other side of the pond (I am based in Portugal and the school is based in the USA) and asked me to help him for the second time by delivering a pro-bono supervision session with a class of 17 students. Imagine 17! And this would be done virtually via zoom!!. I felt excited to be with them! I agreed to do that since I believe learning is such a gem we have, not only as professionals but also as human beings, understanding what we have done and considering what has been done well and what could improve further or what skills we can deepen further . I also felt it was a great opportunity for me to learn in many aspects. I was thrilled to join that virtual class room via zoom, where 17 students from all over the world, came together to share that two-hour journey. After our check-ins and understanding where people were located we got to the supervision piece. I felt it was interesting to bring them an approach which I normally don’t do – the suggestion circle. Since I got certified in 2012 I do more individual supervision, but group supervision is something that I would like to do more and to develop in my country. This suggestion circle is a group supervision approach that gets the contribution of several involved, not only the coach who has volunteered to bring something to work on. So, from the 17 attendees, 8 offered to work in the closer circle together with me as the supervisor and the other class mate as the supervisee. In the contracting I explained the confidentiality, the time frame and how we would work together. The other 8 students who did not participate actively turned their cameras off, so we could feel more comfortable and owners of our safe space. The first moments I managed as an individual session before opening up the space for the other 8 coaches to contribute. I invited them to express an intuition, make an observation, pose a question, offer a suggestion, etc., which related to what their class mate had brought. The moment was very rich taking into consideration the diversity of perspectives offered, and I really appreciate the various angles and depth that can be offered/reached in group supervision. The supervisee then selected one or two of these interventions and explored them further with me on a one on one basis, with the others watching. We had time for a second round of interventions and it was so interesting to see that the comments shared were much deeper than the ones presented by the coaches on the 1st round and also from coach to coach, the interventions built on the previous one (people were using much more the “and” rather than the “but” if you know what I mean!), creating a nice robust space for the supervisee. At the end of the supervision discussion, we asked for everyone to turn their cameras on and to re-join actively the session, and they were invited to share their learnings and take-aways, which in turn were also very rich. Learning like, spotting judgements, calibration, parallel process and even own reflexion such as “how am I with regards to this?”. This experience really brought me that great feeling demonstrated on an open smile, warm heart and a sensation of high five, I have when I am at a facilitative learning environment. I really like to share my experiences and to contribute to the enrichment of a coach’s journey. Imagine 17!

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