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Should Mentoring be having its “Day in the Sun?”

British School of Coaching enjoys an excellent reputation in the delivery of ILM coaching and mentoring qualifications but I have always been struck that the vast majority of our learners enrolled on the programmes for becoming coaches rather than mentors.  The fact is that there are similarities between the two practices and they share skills […]

Snakes & ladders of lockdown learning

Coming from a discipline of learning and coaching in person and now spending atleast the last 6 weeks doing this online it does feels like I am moving up and down the competency stair-like snakes & ladders!  Now the last few weeks have taught me there is a lot to learn, setting up your space, […]

7 Tips to get the most from Coaching Supervision

Coaching supervision is increasingly part of the coaching landscape.  At its best, it offers a safe, supportive, reflective space to enable us as coaches to develop our capacity to respond more deeply and effectively in service of our clients – both for our coachees and, if we are working in organisations, the system they are […]

When should a Coach cancel?

“Accept then Act. Whatever the present moment contains accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” Eckhart Tolle. The inspiration for this blog came from a recent supervision session. Rest assured, confidentiality has been preserved and not only did I seek the permission of the supervisee for the […]

Self-Care for Coaches

“Put Your Own Mask on First” We are all familiar with the above request, so much so, that most of us probably pay little attention to the safety talk at the beginning of every flight.  Just as we know we probably should pay more heed in this scenario, when thinking about self care in coaching, […]

Positive Psychology in Organisations

Positive psychology focuses on what makes life worth living, on how human beings can flourish and lead a fulfilling life. This evidence-based practice has been widely researched and successfully used by individuals, communities and organisations to increase wellbeing, resilience and achievement. Despite that, positive psychology may not be what naturally comes to the mind of […]

Ingredients for Coaching Supervision – Reflection and Reflexivity

According to one resource (researchgate.net – Paul Hibbert – 2014) reflexivity is described as reflection + self change. Hibbert argues that the learning gained by reflection on its own is learning that leaves you as the “same person” you were before, whereas reflexivity, “achieves learning but also leaves the learner changed as a result.” He […]

Top Tips for Preparing for Coaching Supervision

In the previous 2 blogs on Coaching Supervision, we have explored the concept in theoretical terms, but what are the practical steps one needs to take to engage in this vital aspect of ethical coaching practice? Judith Barton, Director of Coaching and Mentoring, suggests there is often a push and pull to supervision. What has […]

Coaching Supervision – So what?

As coaches, we are encouraged to display a high level of emotional intelligence, with self reflection with self-reflection key to growth.  However, one may argue, that, no matter how hard we try to develop the same neutrality and absence of preconception when dealing with our coachees, it is almost impossible to self reflect with total […]

Coaching Supervision – What is it?

Coaching is, by its very nature, a potentially isolating profession, one where a high level of trust is required, where potentially delicate situations need to be handled with sensitivity and where there may well be complex relationships to be managed.  A coach may feel some anxiety and stress when continually faced with such issues, and […]