Mentoring or Supervision…
wondering what you should invest in?
The truth is you may need both. But before you invest in mentoring or supervision it’s really important that you fully understand them both – because they both cost money and you should ensure you allocate your professional development dollars to the right thing.
Many years ago someone tried to explain the difference to me and I ended up even more confused. Over the years I have heard many explanations, but my favourite way of explaining the differences (which is a blend of several different definitions) is included below.
I work face-to-face with clients in South Australia (where I live) and virtually with clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Mentor Coaching focuses on the development of your coaching skills. This could be something you access at any point in time when you want to sharpen your skills, or when you are working towards and ICF credential (or re-credentialing).
Mentor Coaching is about what you do as a coach – the focus is on the doing.
Mentor Coaching is about you receiving feedback on your capability and bringing the blind spots in your coaching to light.
The Mentor Coach observes or listens, assesses and provides feedback.
The content for discussion in mentor coaching is the ICF Core Competencies.
- If you are going for a ACC credential, you need a mentor coach who currently holds an ICF credential of ACC, PCC, or MCC.
- If you are going for a PCC credential, you need a mentor coach who currently holds an ICF credential of PCC or MCC.
- If you are going for a MCC credential, you need a mentor coach who currently holds an ICF credential of MCC.
Read more about Mentor Coaching with Julie.
“I have engaged Julie as my mentor coach in support of my International Coaching Federation (ICF) credential attainment. Julie’s professional and motivating approach has been instrumental in me strengthening and stretching my coaching work.
Julie has supported my core competency development in particular by 1) reviewing and providing oral and written feedback on some of my recorded coaching sessions, 2) facilitating insightful reflections and thought-provoking conversations and 3) generously sharing pertinent reference materials.
I strongly recommend Julie as a highly skilled mentor coach delivering invaluable and enjoyable development support.”
Philippa, ACC, Adelaide (2020)
“I really appreciated your encouraging approach – having someone listen to my recordings for the first time felt like a pretty big step. You acknowledged this and I felt very safe and comfortable sharing with you.
I also appreciated how detailed your feedback was (often including specific phrases) and that you provided practical suggestions for alternative question phrasing/lines of inquiry.”
Clare, Adelaide (2020)
Coaching supervision offers you broad support and development. It’s a place for you, as the coach, to reflect on the work you are undertaking. Coaching Supervision is a reflective practice and the content for discussion in supervision could be anything at any point in time.
Coaching Supervision is about who you are as a coach and how you show up – the focus is on being.
The Coaching Supervisor will invite you to focus on your own process, your relationship with the client, and where the personal may be intruding on the professional.
Finding the ‘right’ supervisor is similar to the way a coachee finds the ‘right’ coach, in that the relationship is critical. You may like to read more information about what supervision is and how to gauge the quality of a coaching supervisor on these websites:
Read more about Coaching Supervision with Julie.
“As my coach supervisor she has been supportive and challenging at the same time. She gives me a safe space to reflect and look at my growth areas with kindness. She also offers much needed guidance and suggestions from her experience and referring to coaching frameworks.
Working with her allows me to reflect on my coaching with kindness and my learning journey with optimism.
Julie also provides an amazing space of companionship where just hearing “I’ve been there too, this is normal and I’m here for you” has been so important for me.”
Lucy, ACC, Brisbane (2020)