Coaching Supervision? Why is it so important?

‘At the core of continual professional development is continual personal development where our own development is weaved through every aspect of our practice’. (Coaching Mentoring and Organisational Consultancy, Hawkins, P & Smith, N 2006). In the past few years, Coaching Supervision has emerged as an essential aspect of being a professional coach. Counsellors and Psychotherapists, as regulated professionals, have a supervisor as part of their CPD to ensure they are working within the agreed protocols and ethics of that profession. CIPD’s research paper entitled ‘Coaching Supervision, maximising the potential of coaching’ (2006), sets out to answer the crucial question of what coaching supervision is and why it matters. The documents state that supervision is a: ‘Structured formal process for coaches, with the help of a coaching supervisor, [...]

How to avoid ethical dilemmas in organisational coaching

Ethics, boundaries, behaviours and attitude have an important place in organisational strategic coaching. Ethical practice refers to the standards of professional conduct which a coach is expected to uphold, whereas ethical maturity, at a strategic level, is defined as ‘the increasing capacity to embrace ethical complexity and deal with appropriate respect and fairness to all parties involved in a situation (Carroll, M, 1996). At a strategic level issues around ethics and boundaries can often be blurred particularly when operating as an internal coach or even as a manager using a coaching style. The question remains, can a manager successfully coach their team and maintain good boundaries? Issues around confidentiality may arise particularly if the member of staff reveals something which might harm them or others. There may [...]

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