podcast – lifting the lid on coaching supervision

Are you a coach who has yet to experience supervision?

Have you tried supervision, but found it didn’t deliver for you?

Do you want to get more value from working with a coach supervisor?

Do you just have unanswered questions about what it’s like and what to take?

Check out the new weekly podcast with Steve Ridgley and fellow supervisor Clare Norman as they lift the lid on coaching supervision, offering experience, insight and simple guidance on how to get more from coaching supervision.

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Clare and Steve explore hiding in supervision and also in our coaching. Sometimes consciously; sometimes out of awareness
Have your curiosity nodules stimulated and your not knowing muscles tested, as our podcasters, and guest Steve Chapman, explore not knowing, experimentation and a relationship built on vulnerability and trust
Clare and Steve tackle the question of how we know how we are doing as a coach when feedback is so limited and perhaps over generous from our clients.
Clare and Steve explore ways we might experiment with how we meet our clients.
Clare and Steve explore how story shows up in coaching and supervision.  Some of the watch-outs but also how we might use story.
Clare and Steve explore the value, cost and the case for the provision of supervision to coaches working internally in an organisation; not just to support them as a coach, but as an employee also.
Steve and Clare embark on a wide ranging exploration of where supervision began and where it needs to go in the future with Peter Hawkins, prolific author and coaching sage. They move through coaching the global system, the ecology in the room and inclusion of the long passed connections in the client system.
Steve and Clare explore the potential for Artificial Intelligence in the world of coaching and supervision, using a possible future scenario.
Clare and Steve talk about energy, how we have more energy (sometimes) for things that are new (like the first lawn mowing of the season) and how energy can get trapped in our body and need an outlet (like dancing). How does energy show up in your coaching?
Clare and Steve discuss coaching the person not the problem. Maybe it’s our patterns of learning through education and organisational working that leads to us as coaches trying to fix the problem, resolve the issue, achieve the goal? But what might we be missing by not fully noticing the person in front of us – how they show up, their baseline state, what is meaningful for them, how we experience them etc. because we are drawn to the presenting issue and a desire to fix that?
Clare and Steve discuss note taking and record keeping
Clare and Steve explore the question coaches in supervision often ask.  “Am I good enough?”  Our podcasters unpack uncertainty, self-doubt and ‘comparisonitis’. Whether it be as a newly qualified coach or an experienced practitioner, we all have self doubts sometimes.
Clare and Steve explore the search to go deeper, the hunt for the killer question, the desire to turn a lightbulb on for our client. 
Clare and Steve welcome Josh Connolly to explore resilience.  Josh speaks from personal experience and works with organisations to explore what resilience is and what it’s not. Josh describes resilience, not as toughness, but as elasticity. They reflect on the role of coaches and supervision, especially at this universally challenging time of the pandemic. They explore the balance between coaching as an action oriented means of achieving a goal versus the coach as a deep listener, sitting with their client, empowering them to acknowledge their feelings and emotions.
Steve and Clare explore their approaches in supervision which include, imagery and drawing, the use of objects and metaphor, building 3D maps and use of the body to stand in, or move through, our experience. All techniques they also use as coaches. All ways in which we can access multiple intelligences to generate new thinking.
Clare and Steve explore scenarios when our clients go missing and how this topic arises in the supervision space. Our podcasters reflect on how often in supervision the supervisee appears to have given away their power, become smaller in the relationship and maybe has started to tell themselves a story about their ‘hard to pin down’ client.  It becomes about what the coach did or didn’t do. Clare and Steve discuss clients who disappear after chemistry, or after a few sessions, or before the final session or after the coaching even.
Clare and Steve explore coaches coming to supervision seeking a ‘how to’.  Our podcasters reflect on how often supervisees see the supervisor as the mentor, the guru, the experienced one, the wizard even, who can offer them a solution to their stuckness.
Clare and Steve explore how to choose a supervisor or change our supervisor.  Do you know where to look and how to find a supervisor?  Steve and Clare offer some tips and insights from their own experience and process. Be prepared to ask around – either professional bodies, coaches you may know or meet, or indeed supervisors themselves for perhaps a trial session?
Clare and Steve explore endings in coaching and supervision.  Endings enable beginnings and are a crucial part of what we do as coaches, yet often endings are harder.
Clare and Steve explore contracting.  Focusing on the contract in supervision they discuss the procedural, the professional and the psychological aspects of the contracting process. They explore some of the differences you might consider between working in a group or one to one with a supervisor and also the other watch-outs when the contract is more complex, for example working within organisations, or in an associate model.
Clare and Steve explore chemistry sessions. Many successful coaches form strong relationships with a wide range of clients; they provide challenging perceptive insights and support deep and lasting change in their clients. Yet many of these same coaches struggle with the chemistry meeting. Find out more from our podcasters…
Clare and Steve are joined by Julia Menaul for an exploration of grief, loss, death and bereavement; Julia, a master coach, director of AOCS and an author. Together our podcasters explore our personal, societal and cultural relationships to death. They also discuss how grief and loss come in many more guises – be it loss of job, divorce, the pandemic, and also perceived positive experiences which can equally carry a sense of loss, such as retirement, marriage, birth.
Clare and Steve explore what they mean when they refer to the system as it might show up in coaching and supervision. They explore the hidden dynamic and architecture of relationships, not just between people but between individuals and abstract constructs such as the future. They discuss nested systems, family systems, professional and organisational systems and how to bring awareness to the unconscious.
Steve is a systemic coach and constellations practitioner
Clare and Steve continue to build on the lockdown series of podcasts by exploring the nature of vulnerability and its place in supervision. Our podcasters explore the negative connotation that comes with being vulnerable and, using Brené Brown’s work, explore the need for connection and fear of disconnection that drives us to hide vulnerability or a fear being truly vulnerable.
Clare and Steve explore emotions and feelings arising in coaching and supervision. Supervision provides an alternative space in which to unpack an emotional response and to acknowledge what is, as well as providing the opportunity to begin to widen our knowledge and language around our own emotions.  How is ‘irritated’ different from ‘frustrated’, for me?  This period of lockdown has created new emotional experiences and unless we resource ourselves as coaches, we cannot show up fully in the coaching relationship.
Clare and Steve build on the lockdown metaphor to explore the imperative that we bring all of ourselves to supervision. How are we impacted in all the dimensions of our lives by lockdown and the pandemic?  How is it impacting our thinking, our body, our behaviour, our emotions?  They propose that supervision isn’t just about the client and the coaching work but is more systemic. Bringing the whole of ourselves means considering all of the systems and contexts we operate in, not just the systems the client is in.
Expanding the idea born from the lockdown that we seek to go back to normal, Clare and Steve instead see this as an opportunity for deep reflection and personal exploration of who we are becoming as a coach and as a human being.  What is accentuated by the lockdown experience, what new learning might we seek to retain in new possible futures and what might we need to discard?
Clare and Steve explore lockdown and the pandemic which has offered us perhaps one of the most widely shared experiences of our generation and yet also a deeply personal one. Our podcasters lift the lid on this and how, as a metaphor, it has brought new language, new awareness and new needs for human connection.  They relate these topics and more to the world of coaching and explore what is already turning up in supervision as well as hypothesising what we may see more of in 2021.
Clare and Steve explore tripartite meetings and the involvement of other third parties in coaching assignments.
They explore how this shows up in supervision.
Clare and Steve explore mentor coaching. What is it and how does it work?
Recordings, transcripts, competency based feedback, one to one or in groups.
Steve and Clare discuss what we are responsible for as coaches and what they see come to supervision which stretches this. They suggest useful might be a better way to be than helpful. They also tell stories that bring to life common mis-directed responsibilities coaches bring to supervision which, in turn, leads to a discussion about being responsible for our gut and intuition – the flip side of which might be not taking too much responsibility for not following them always.  A truly useful exploration of a topic relevant to all coaches and supervisors.
Clare and Steve explore what might be stopping coaches from coming to supervision.  They explore time and cost; but is supervision just an expense or is it about understanding what value can be gained?   How do we decide to invest in ourselves and do we make the same choices when attending a course or webinar as we do when opting in or out of supervision?
Clare and Steve discuss the differences and similarities between coaching and supervision. They explore the roles and the knowledge supervisor and coach take to their practice using the metaphor of a cairn of stones. They discuss the relationship between coach and supervisor and the place for reflexivity in the learning journey.
Clare and Steve explore whether it is ok to bring commercial or business related questions to supervision.  As a coach, can I talk about the balance of my work or about my business set up in supervision?  Can I discuss the challenge of turning my coaching into a profitable business, or talk about my marketing with my supervisor? Should I bring to supervision choices that I make to win business, even if I know that they might not be entirely ethical?  Where is the boundary?
In episode 9, Clare and Steve explore how we as coaches might get stuck in familiar ‘ruts’.  Do we coach similar clients in similar locations, in similar ways?  What stops us experimenting? What part does our personal history and consequent alignment to risk taking or familiarity play?  When you think about doing something new or unfamiliar, do you begin by asking what might be lost … or what might be gained? Supervision can help us to flourish and not be held back by learned patterns and old identities.
Clare and Steve explore the restorative elements of supervision
Clare and Steve explore the formative elements of supervision
In this episode, Clare and Steve lift the lid on the normative aspects of supervision
What should I bring to supervision? Clare and Steve lift the lid…
Preparing for supervision and checking in to the session – what’s that about?
Clare and Steve explore the various ways coaches can engage in supervision
As it says… supervision. What is it?
Meet Clare and Steve, our podcasters, as they outline what this podcast will be about

Looking for a coach supervisor?

If you are interested in joining a supervision group with Steve, or working 1-2-1 with him, contact him here to discuss what would work for you.

Also, we would love to hear from you if you have a topic you would like to hear Steve and Clare explore in a future podcast episode.

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