Deepen your executive coach practice

How can ECS help with Coaching Supervision?

The amount of supervision a coach requires varies and professional bodies will stipulate differing amounts of time. Executive Coach Studio recommends at least 90 minutes a month and usually works with coaches in supervision for at least one year.

Principal Georgina Woudstra MCC says: “This gives us a chance to get to know each other at a deeper level and for patterns to emerge. These patterns are incredibly useful for you to understand your own story, beliefs, values, perspectives and triggers. This helps keep your own ‘house’ clean and broaden your range of options working with clients.”

“Supervision is a place where a living profession breathes and learns.” – Hawkins and Shohet

Coaching supervision is essential for coaches who value high standards and professional excellence in their work. It provides a reflective space in which subtle patterns and processes are illuminated, from which learning and new possibilities emerge.

Georgina is a certified supervisor (BCG Certificate in the Supervision of Coaches Mentors and Consultants) and an ICF MCC certified coach. Her role is to support your personal and professional wellbeing within your coaching practice. This, in turn, means your clients can receive the best possible coaching experience.

The coach supervision process supports your reflective practice, stimulating your learning and development and helping you to be more confident and to exercise greater coach mastery.

“Supervision with Georgina, always brings new and rich perspectives. She quickly grasps complex client challenges, prompting me to draw on my creative and intuitive resources amidst a sea of ‘logical facts’.”

Adrienne Candy (2016)

Adrienne Candy Associates

While mentoring focuses on competencies in action, supervision is about exploring the bigger picture and looking below the surface to identify patterns of meaning, out of which clearer and more informed options emerge for you as a coach. Together, we’ll ethically examine the conscious and unconscious levels at play in the field at cognitive, psychological and somatic levels.

At the Executive Coach Studio we use the 7-eyed model of supervision developed by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet. By looking through each eye, we see a different aspect of the whole.

The ‘7 eyes’ are:

  • The client situation/system
  • Your interventions
  • The relationship between you and your client
  • Your own experience
  • The parallel process
  • My self-reflections
  • The wider context

A typical supervision session involves exploring your experience and approach to one of your cases through the seven eyes. Together, we can explore any shift needed in you to enable a shift in your client.

Why is Coaching Supervision so successful?

Let’s take an example. Sarah felt frustrated and stuck in a rut with her client, John, He kept bringing documents and presentations to the session for Sarah to review but she didn’t want to offend him by saying her role was as his coach not mentor.

Through my supervision, she became aware that John was inviting her to assume a parental role with him. She then felt able to discuss this with John, and get him to realise that this behaviour pattern was enabling him to avoid taking responsibility.