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COMING OF AGE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF COACHING SUPERVISION 2006-2014

By Eve Turner and Peter Hawkins Coaching supervision is a relatively new phenomenon, arriving later than supervision in many of the other people professions and even new in relation to the short history of coaching itself. However, the past nine years have seen an exponential growth in the field. This growth includes: the number and percentage of coaches regularly having supervision; the development of supervision training in many parts of the world, most prominently in the UK, but also in Sweden, France, Singapore, Australia and North America; and numerous books and articles (eg, Hawkins and Smith, 2006, 2013; Hawkins, 2006; […]

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Body Talk

A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters of you are members of a professional coaching organisation. But for those of you who aren’t, confusion still reigns. Liz Hall brings clarity with an in-depth look at what’s on offer.

Professional bodies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but as coaching buyers begin to ask more questions about accreditation, standards and ethics, more coaches are signing up. And they are discovering the real benefits to be had.

A recent cartoon by our resident humorist Kipper struck a nerve with many of you, highlighting the confusion that still reigns over who does what. How do you decide what body to join? Which are relevant to you? What do they offer?

Some 74 per cent of respondents to Meyler Campbell’s survey of coaches (see news, page 12) are members of a professional coaching body, up on last year’s 65 per cent. There was no clear leader last year either, but in 2009 the Association for Coaching (AC) pulled ahead by a long shot (59 per cent), followed by the International Coach Federation (ICF; 29 per cent), as shown in Table 1.

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How to… set up and develop a successful coaching practice

By Gladeana McMahon and Antoinette Oglethorpe This second article in the series identifies the decisions you need to make about whether your coaching practice will be full- or part-time, as well as the all-important financial considerations Part two: Planning your coaching business 1 Your practice: full- or part-time? One of the first and most important decisions you need to make in the planning phase is whether to set up a full- or part-time coaching practice. Many individuals begin their professional coaching career by seeing a few clients in the evenings or at weekends while continuing full-time employment. Doing this will […]

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Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the newsletter And so another year begins, with snow in the UK, a helicopter crashing in London and not much in the way of economic recovery in much of the world. The UK economy contracted by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). And here in Spain, where I’m currently based, the second EU bailout of 1.865 million euros is set to arrive by the end of the month. Some six million are out of work, many of my friends received […]

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Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter As we come to the end of 2012, the creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) is emerging as Coaching at Work readers´ top choice for achievement of the year, according to our annual survey. We´re still gathering responses to the survey, which includes questions on your predictions for next year. Please take part here. Coaches have broadly welcomed the move to form the alliance by three of leading professional bodies, although there are some concerns in some quarters. We explore this latest development in a news analysis in […]

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Coach supervision

Coach supervision adds ‘gravitas and professionalism’, says OCM’s Long Internal supervisors have a vital role to play in building coaching culture and in role-modelling the characteristics of a learning organisation. This was one of the key messages from Katherine Long’s session on “good-enough” supervision in an organisational context. Long shared learning from her research, and from the OCM’s pilot ‘Coach as Supervisor’ programme, which has been submitted for accreditation with the EMCC. The pilot group consisted of 11 lead coaches from five organisations. Long, director of qualifications at the OCM, said internal coach supervision was a “sensible mechanism for managing […]

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In NHS we trust

Lisa Gresty can be forgiven for grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat. As head of OD and learning at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she has helped the Trust’s multi-pronged coaching strategy go from strength to strength in both patient care and quality of experience. One NHS Trust’s initiative to build a coaching culture across its organisation was hailed as ground-breaking when it launched. Ambitious and far-reaching, it foresaw the importance of developing a more empowering, less ‘heroic’ leader, says Lisa Gresty, head of OD and learning. Given the future changes for the NHS, it was “ahead of its […]

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Mindful insights

Coaching supervisor Graham Lee has been using mindfulness in his work – with positive feedback. By enhancing emotional tolerance, even experienced coaches say they now feel more available to their clients, holding open the door for deeper insights to emerge Providing coaching supervision for individuals and groups has been an important component of my work for many years, but it is only in the past two to three that I have brought my personal commitment to mindfulness explicitly into my work as a supervisor. Judging from the feedback from coaches, the approach has been very useful. Even experienced coaches describe […]

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Play your part

In a previous issue of Coaching at Work, Tatiana Bachkirova argued that supervision should be our professional conscience in practice and be non-mandatory. Experienced coach supervisor Nicola Haskins disagrees Not enough coaches are coming into supervision – and it’s something the industry is, rightly, concerned about. The recent explosive growth in supervisor training programmes and publications on coaching supervision, will certainly increase the pool of supervisors and heighten general awareness of it. But I don’t believe this will be enough to get coaches into supervision. What is needed is a three-pronged strategy to: demonstrate the benefits of coaching supervision mandate […]

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Toolbox – tried and tested

A new, occasional column, in which readers share tried and tested tools they’ve invented or adapted. This issue, Eve Turner shares her lift analogy. Looking out, not looking up This tool came about in my early days as a coach. I was working with someone who wanted to apply for a role two grades above their current position. In the major organisation involved, applying in such circumstances was highly unusual, and the chances of success were very limited. We talked about preparation – the normal things you would expect, such as looking at CVs, job descriptions and person specifications; matching […]

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