“I had known and worked with Meryl as my executive coach for many years before she and I embarked on a coaching supervision relationship beginning in 2019.
Meryl created a safe place for me to share my successes and challenges with leading an internal corporate coaching program in a highly competitive business environment where priorities are ever changing. With her encouragement and support and through thoughtful reflection on my practice, I have positioned our company’s coaching program as a strategic component for business success.
Additionally, Meryl’s coaching supervision has been an integral part of my professional development. Her commitment to my success was apparent and created such trust and confidence as I boldly aligned my coaching support to meet the changing needs of the leaders within our company.”
– Sheila Baker, Director of Organizational Development, Westervelt Company
You’ve decided to subject your coaching to a new lens, that of purposeful reflection, for the dual purpose of learning and growing your value proposition. In supervision you can be vulnerable, letting go of judgment of your imperfections (personal and performance-related) for the sake of the work.
Supervision is…a process. Its primary objective is to assist the coach in developing her internal capacity to learn more from what she is viewing and experiencing and to integrate that learning into her work with clients. A secondary objective of supervision is to raise awareness of ethical considerations and proactively ensure the integrity of the coach’s behavior with the client.
Your snapshot in time…
You might be asking yourself questions about your work…what is satisfying, what no longer is? How is my approach serving my clients? How do I know? How am I being with my clients? Where am I feeling challenged? Supervision is one place to think through a situation and your response to it with the possibility for course correction, as needed.
Structure of supervision engagement…
Think about a pie. We’re apportioning the pie to your needs, always with an eye to creating a safe container for you to develop the internal ally you need to access your own wisdom and be okay with ‘not-knowing.’ We’re looking to offset the natural instinct each of us has to be ‘the critic.’ And we’re targeting a shift from answer-seeking from other coaches or consultants to deepened engagement with the client and with your own intuitive guidance system.
Structure of a typical supervision call looks like this, in terms of ‘slices’:
1/8 Reconnecting, updating, action research report, acknowledging
1/4 Debrief situation
1/4 Discuss situation and determine course of action
1/4 Coach’s learning – larger application to self, work
1/8 Commitments & wrap up
What happens in between sessions?
In between supervision sessions, you’re coaching and logging questions you may have for supervision. You may choose to have supervision on a single engagement, which learning will spill over into other engagements. Or you may wish to have supervision on a different engagement with each session, since the common themes will emerge over time. This is your decision to make on a session by session basis.
I’m happy to receive email updates on progress you’re making and to have brief (10-minute) tune up calls between sessions should an urgent need arise.
Finally, I look forward to supporting you because I will learn from the supervision as well. I know you are already a great coach and I’m excited by the prospect of being inspired by your journey. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.