The agenda of the coaching is set by the client, it is individual, personalised and unique.
Strictly speaking during supervision, you reflect on what you do during your coaching and how you can improve your performance as a coach.
However, as individuals, we are not neatly divided into separate, closed compartments and often our professional performance during coaching is affected by various factors in our life.
Coach supervision, enrichened by a holistic approach englobing your entire person will help you find your strengths and distill the best of who you are.
Some frequently visited themes in supervision or mentoring are:
1. Cases from your practice
Supervision helps you explore cases from your coaching practice to improve your understanding of your relation with your client. You can gain awareness on how your mental models may affect your coaching, what tools you can improve on, how you can best understand your client and the system they live in.
Supervision on cases adresses mainly real, concrete situations in your practice from which you can learn and on which you can improve.
2. Personal Growth
As coaches we are, ourselves, the main tool of our trade. Therefore our own personal development and our capacity to manage our inner states is of cardinal importance.
What can help us to be the best that we can be? What, in our personal life, is affecting the quality of our coaching services?
How can we develop a stronger
presence and a deeper connection with our clients?
3. Coaching Style
Although coaching as a discipline has developed its own distinctive body of knowledge, there are many different approaches, styles and schools of thought. How wide is your palette of models, tools and techniques? How clear are you about the different hats that you can wear within a coaching relation: coach, trainer, consultant, etc.? How do you position yourself with respect to the non-directive and directive modes? What is your personal style of coaching and how can you make it evolve?
There are many disciplines that can enrichen your coaching style, and the way you coach will determine how you consolidate your style. it is important to explore what is attractive and useful to you.
4. Knowledge of coaching tools and models
An essential aspect of your development as a coach is having a thorough knowledge of coaching approaches and the mastery of coaching tools. In the supervision sessions you can increase your understanding of how to use coaching tools as well as the underpinning theories.
The profession is developing very quickly, there is now a great deal of research on coaching and it is not always easy to know what to study, what new tools to explore. Supervision can help you make sense of how you want to develop your learning.
IDC students can revise any of the tools of the institute's certification programme.
5. Developing your identity as a coach
As you advance in your coaching practice, you will develop your own identity as a coaching professional. You may want to clarify or fine-tune your identity so that you can serve the clients or community that is best suited for your skills and that you enjoy working with the most.
Being clear on who you are as a coach, who you want to serve and how you want to contribute will help you to be more focused and effective in your work as a coach.
It will also help you toed to know how to market your services while remaining aligned with your values. Many Coaches find it also useful to address the beliefs they hold with respect to the financial aspects of their work in order to gain clarity and coherence in this area.
If you want advanced business development coaching, I will refer you to specialized coaches in this domain.
6. Organizing your coaching practice
The practical aspects of organizing your work such as managing client files, creating or delegating effective administrative processes, maintaining a resources bank, setting up an archiving system and so on may be a boring, if not daunting task for some. However, being an excellent coach also means applying coaching techniques to yourself and manage your practice successfully.
Moreover, independent coaches and internal coaches face different challenges in the way they organise their work and manage their clients. Finding your own efficient methodology in this area will save you precious time that you can free up for the activities that you find more inspiring.
Having an efficiently managed coaching practice is one way of walking the talking and demonstrating the effectiveness of coaching to clients who are seeking to be more organized and effective in their own life.
A mentor coaching can support you in this area.
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