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To what extent are coach supervisors lifeguards?

Hope you've been enjoying Helen's TCD community Zoom calls during lockdown. The one on coach supervision prompted this question about lifeguarding being a possible metaphor for coach supervision. The idea is a little frivolous perhaps, inviting an init...

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Setting intentions and knowing your purpose

The Question -  Helen Isacke asked Lesley Cave and me to stimulate some conversation about supervision in one of the Trusted Coach calls (If you have not joined them, they are well worth it) I love being challenged to do something like that. It makes...

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Internal coaches need external supervisors

It’s considered best practice among professional coaches that they work with a supervisor, someone who creates space for them to reflect on their work. But how common is this among internal coaches? There’s a long tradition of supervision being pro...

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Physician Heal Thyself

A long, long time ago, when I first trained to be a coach, I remember one particular exercise I and my fellow trainees were asked to undertake.  It was very simple and very powerful and has stayed with me ever since.  In pairs, unsurprisingly, one of us...

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Confessions of a supervisor

I must confess, when I am supervising groups of coaches I sometimes come away somewhat disappointed.  All too often the coaches come from one of two stances.  They either come in 'lazy mode', where they haven't reflected on their own work but come inste...

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