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Ten Trends Driving Organizational Coaching

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In coaching supervision, an experienced coach (usually external) meets regularly with a group of internal coaches to review case studies and issues from their practices. (The coaching agreement protects client confidentiality.) Peer coaches offer questions and feedback to the presenting coach, while the coach-supervisor facilitates the call and provides subject matter expertise. Internal coaches express a strong preference for working with a qualified external coach-supervisor (rather than a boss or other employee) in order to gain perspectives from outside the organization and increase their own feelings of safety.

ICF either requires or recommends that its members get mentor coaching at all three levels of credential (ACC, PCC, MCC). Supervision is not required as a condition of ICF membership, as it is in professional psychology and counseling associations. That may soon change.

Not only is coaching supervision encouraged in Europe and other parts of the world; it is required by many hiring organizations. Says a coach in a multinational CCOE, “We work in the U.K. with the retail giant Marks & Spencer, several banks, and civil service organizations that all have internal coaching programs similar to ours. Coach mentoring and coaching supervision are both part of the mix.”

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  1. Rey Carr

    December 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    With the increasing use of polls and surveys by different coaching groups or independent survey firms, it has become more difficult to integrate the different findings into a coherent picture.

    Carol Goldsmith integrates the results from different surveys/interviews brilliantly in this article; and for those with a short attention span, she’s even included the top 10 in an executive summary.

    Most of the organizations that conduct coaching surveys do not point out the limitations of their instrument or data collection procedures. However, when such surveys are combined, as they are in this article, the resulting data can be more credible.


    • Carol Goldsmith

      January 2, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment, Rey. Glad you found the article to be useful.
      Be your best, Carol

      Carol Goldsmith, PCC, NLPT
      The Discovery Coach


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