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This document aims to give some background into Shirley’s contribution to the idea of responsible conversation, which aims to help people better negotiate for collaborative conversation. Her doctoral study created a realisation of the importance of considering relationship underpinning any collaborative conversation.
Pivotal? Agile? Disruptive? Crisis? Growth?... Whatever word(s) you used to describe the Pandemic, there is no doubt that it was a year that provided each and every one of us with the greatest insights and learning, both personally and throughout our business.
The coaching industry has grown significantly over the past decade, with people from various occupational backgrounds entering the profession. There has also been a shift towards substantiated research of return on investment, establishing high standards of competence, and ethical professionalism in an industry that has few barriers to entry and, arguably, little regulation.
Reflective practice is a process that helps turn experience into knowledge (Gilbert and Trudel, 2001). It is therefore invaluable for the professional development of a coach. In practice in can be hard to know how best to do this, how it fits with coaching supervision and probably hardest of all for many, making the time to do so.