I think of coaching supervision a bit like a musical mixing desk.  You know, where you can mix and match strands of music in a composition that suits your taste.  You might increase one element and decrease another.  Supervision uses the mixing desk to help supervisees to mix their own composition for coaching.

The elements of the mix that a supervisor might use could dial up or down on:

  • the supervisee’s preferred methods for reflection and learning
  • who the supervisee is being (both when they are coaching and as a human being)
  • the coaching contract
  • the use of space and environment
  • creativity such as drawing, painting, poetry or music to access new thinking
  • movement to access new awareness through the body’s knowing
  • metaphors, whether in picture form or verbal
  • map-making (through the use of buttons, plectrums, other objects, floor markers or human constellations)
  • powerful questions that tap into the supervisee’s wisdom
  • offering as data for consideration what the supervisor notices in his/her own body
  • challenge
  • support
  • shining a light on blind-spots, perhaps through mentor coaching, a form of supervision
  • the acknowledgement of emotion and felt sense
  • models for reflection
  • ….and so much more, depending on the background of the supervisor

As they enter the supervision room (virtual or face-to-face), the supervisor doesn’t know what kind of music he or she is going to make with the supervisee.  He/she is a master at being comfortable with not knowing, at going where the supervisee goes, at going slow to go fast.  You can see how that makes for a unique musical composition every time.

Steve Ridgley and I, Clare Norman, have been working together on a new podcast series called Lifting the Lid on Supervision and this is becoming abundantly clear to us, that our supervision styles are unique and we use different mixes every time we supervise.  So pinning us down to describing our supervisory USP (in music or otherwise) might be tricky.

But here’s a piece of music that influences me in my supervision: I hope you dance.  There are multiple versions of this song, but my favourite composition is by Lee Ann Womack.   I also have a favourite book that has a similar message: Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Doctor Zeuss.

So what will be your dance as a result of supervision?  What places will you go to discover who you are as a coach?  What will your unique mix be?

If this piques your interest, subscribe to our podcast series on your favoured platform:

Google – https://lnkd.in/dcfRjeA

Apple – https://lnkd.in/dwj2Ajf

Spotify – https://lnkd.in/d9ctsvS

Castbox – https://lnkd.in/d9jqB7i

We’ll use our mixing skills to bring out the best in you and your coaching.