"It's not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities." Kristin Armstrong, professional bicycle racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Yes, we also develop professional coaches! They say "A rising tide lifts all boats," and we strongly believe in this metaphor for the professional excellence of the coaching industry. We consider professional coaches to be leaders in our still relatively new industry, and that the greater your sense of purpose, competency and resiliency in your own work, the greater the value you provide to those you serve. We are honored to provide the following services to our professional coaching colleagues:
Mentor Coaching -- Helping coaches to achieve professional credentialing based on the 11 core competencies of the International Coach Federation (ICF). We have been providing this service to both new and seasoned coaches since 2008.
Business Coaching -- Helping new coaches to establish, and seasoned coaches to "right size," their professional coaching businesses. We have been providing this service via peer workshops or customized one-on-one coaching programs since 2010. If you are interested in assembling your own group of peers for a workshop in the Seattle/Bellevue, WA, area, we can also tailor a workshop customized to your group.
Coaching SuperVision -- Referred to as the "12th competency" of professional coaching, or "Self As Coach" (The Hudson Institute of Coaching), we provide a powerful framework, tools and resources for helping seasoned coaches to reflect on, expand, enrich and deepen their work with their clients. Please see below for further details on this relatively new offering in the coaching industry.
What is Coaching "SuperVision?"
Official Definition: "Coaching Supervision is the interaction that occurs when a coach periodically brings his or her coaching work experiences to a coaching supervisor in order to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative learning for the development and benefit of the coach and his or her clients." International Coach Federation
Our Definition: A dedicated, enriching, reflective space to explore the broader and deeper aspects of your work from multiple viewpoints to expand your perspective, creativity, insights and confidence on your journey to personal and professional mastery.
Video: If you'd like to learn more about the history of Coaching Supervision, here is a 7-minute video by Edna Murdoch of the Coaching Supervision Academy.
Interested in Coaching SuperVision? If you are interested in learning more, simply click on our Getting Started page, let us know what program(s) you are interested in and when you'd like to begin, and we'll let you know what is currently available. One-on-One Programs This approach provides the optimal support for those desiring a deeper, more personalized engagement and focus each session. Sessions are conducted via phone or video-conference at a cadence that best supports your current client base (e.g., typically once or twice per month).
Group Programs This approach provides the additional benefit of learning with and from experienced colleagues. Groups are formed on a first-come, first-served application basis until filled, and sessions are conducted via teleconference. Current options include:
6 months of group supervision for up to 4 participants (90-minute session/month)
6 months of group supervision for up to 6 participants (120-minute session/month)
What are the Benefits of Coaching SuperVision? "The Coaching Supervision process has high value for both the Coaching Supervisor and the Coach being supervised." International Coach Federation. CCEU Hours:The International Coach Federation now recognizes Coaching Supervision hours as counting toward the 40 CCEU hours required for credential renewal every three years. Please see their site for details.
Value for the Coach A dedicated environment for customized personal and professional growth. Coaching Supervision provides a regular opportunity for coaching and executive development professionals to:
Reflect on their work from both a "meta view" and "matrix view"
Develop as a person and as a professional
Address "stuck-ness" in a coaching engagement
Gain greater perspective regarding client systems (dynamics, psychological contracts, etc.)
Explore where the personal impacts the professional
Develop strategies and skills that allow them to be more effective in their role(s)
Gain insight and understanding about why things turned out the way they did (+/-)
Receive feedback and validation as a person and as a professional
Explore and address issues of self-confidence that may be impacting their work
Address boundary and ethics issues
Value for the Supervisor There is a symbiotic relationship that emerges through the experience of coaching supervision. Examples of the value to the supervisor include the benefits of:
Contributing to the further development of the coaching profession
Sharpening one's own skills ("to teach is to learn")
Assessing and possibly re-creating a definition of "best practice" for oneself
Developing even greater appreciation for diverse coaching styles