Supervision and Coaching

What is a coach, a supervisor?

A person whose solid training puts her in a position to help you meet professional challenges, undergo professional re-orientation, close learning loops, and resolve problems. She helps you use both of your brains -- your intellectual abilities and your gut instincts -- in order to take good decisions and find positive solutions.

Picturing the process

  • A good image for this work is that of a "midwife for ideas." Thoughts can get stuck in a "breech position" too. You have the ideas -- and your coach has the techniques that can help you bring them into the world.
  • A coach often works as a kind of "guide to new and unexplored worlds." When following a new path, we often feel more secure if we have company -- but it is your route, direction, and tempo that will set the pace.
  • Our previous expectations and convictions often work like blinders that we are no longer conscious of. You could say that a coach makes you aware of the blinders you are wearing. But you have to take them off yourself.

Coaching, supervision, and therapy -- is it all the same thing?

Coaching and supervision are not therapy, even though many of the same tools are used, including exercises, question techniques, etc. This is about the person in relation to his profession!
The terms supervision and coaching are often used synonymously. In general, you could say coaching is a shorter process that is directed toward a concrete objective, while supervision involves giving you longer-term assistance in reflecting on a work situation.

When is coaching or supervision meaningful?

Whenever there are significant changes in your work situation, you might consider whether coaching or supervision would allow you to better recognize opportunities and risks and act accordingly. For me, that is part of a professional approach to career tasks. Coaching is advisable when there are new and challenging tasks -- for example project management or group management -- or when a new orientation is necessary in situations of change.

In the future, it will be even more important to go your own personal way and find your own motivation. Here too, a coach can assist you.

Many enterprises have learned that only personnel with a healthy, balanced outlook can perform in a sustainable way. Coaching can make a substantial contribution to that through "life-balancing" programs that benefit both the firm and the individual.

Stressful situations are a constant feature of professional life. Coaching helps you deal with them productively. This involves finding answers to two questions: 1. How can I protect myself? 2. What can I learn from these situations?

Coaching also helps you recognize and exploit your own scope to manoeuvre in what might appear to be deadlocked situations: conflicts, cooperation problems, harassment, etc.

It can also be useful to seek a coach's support before taking specific decisions, in order to clarify the alternatives, options, resources, obstacles, etc.

Sometimes a person knows exactly what he would like to change, but somehow he never finds time to tackle the problem, or something else always comes up. If you want someone at your side who can help you work on the changes you need in your work behaviour -- for example your approach to time-management or the way you make decisions -- and who will help you implement these changes, a coach is what you need.

What are the framework conditions?

Each coaching or supervision assignment requires prior agreement with the client on aims, confidentiality, the number and duration of meetings and payment. It is often a client's employer who commissions the work. Adherence to the rules is essential, particularly if a client wants to make changes in his situation.

Who participates in a supervision meeting?

There are different formats:

  • Individual supervision: the supervisor works with one client, to whom he/she can give full attention, confidentiality is assured, but group behaviour cannot be tested.
  • Group supervision with participants from different areas: this provides opportunities for mutual reinforcement when trying out new behaviour patterns. Participants receive feedback from different perspectives, which encourages them take new vantage points.
  • Team supervision: this involves having a group of people who work together in daily life join a supervised group. It enables work on actual team relations and concrete behaviour.

Which tools does a coach/supervisor employ?

Systemic consultation, Gestalt therapy, solution-oriented short-term therapy, organizational constellations, creative techniques, group dynamics, psychodrama, provocative therapy, NLP, etc.

. . . and what do we mean by "concrete"?

The coach works with question techniques, role-play, line-ups, drawings, mental journeys, stories, etc. The more different techniques she/he is able to use, the better, because that is the way to quickly and dependably find something that suits you and can help you.

How do you find the right coach or supervisor?

If you are looking for a coach or supervisor, consider his or her personality and training. A positive feeling toward the person on your part and trust in him/her are an essential basis for cooperation. But ask about their training too.

Is coaching or supervision the right thing for you?

You can best judge that once you have experienced it. Take advantage of the opportunity for a free introductory consultation lasting one hour.

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