Our founder Meryl Moritz is a certified master coach through the International Coach Federation and serves as an ICF examiner. She is also a coach educator, now on faculty of University of Miami’s Certified Professional Coach Program, and previously on faculty of New York University and Coach U’s coach certification programs.
As part of her commitment to the quality standard for executive and business coaches, she mentors a few coaches a year who are on a path to earning their professional credential and satisfying ICF’s requirement for mentor coaching. She also works with certified coaches to help them clarify their direction, position their services to the market, and ensure their clients get top value for their investment of time and money.
To qualify for mentor coaching with Meryl, a coach must be:
- A student or graduate of a professional coach training program
- Focused on executive, corporate or business clientele
- Ready to co-create and be accountable to a strategic plan
- Receptive to being “observed” and receiving feedback on their coaching
- Prepared to commit to a minimum of ten hours of sessions over three months.
For those coaches seeking to obtain a professional credential by the International Coach Federation, mentor coaching is a requirement. ICF’s definition of mentor coaching is very particular: “Providing professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency demanded by the desired credential level sought by a coach‐applicant (mentee) [i.e. offering coaching on coaching skill/competency development].”Learn More
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.
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.