Awareness of self and other is at the heart of all coaching supervision, for both supervisor and coach, just as it is at the heart of all coaching. But what do we need to be aware of in our selves and in the other?
The 7-Eyed Model (Hawkins & Smith, 2006) provides one map of what we can attend to. In developing this model Hawkins and Smith took a research-based approach, reviewing different models of and approaches to supervision to develop a map of where people in the different approaches put their attention. I have found this model very helpful in directing my attention across the broad landscape of the supervision domain.
However, after using the model for some time, I found that the model had some limitations and so started to modify it. I found it helpful to split Mode 4 (the coach's experience) into what the coach was experiencing in the coaching session itself, and their experience in the here and now of the supervision session. Similarly I found it helpful to distinguish what the coachee was experiencing in the coaching session, and what was going on back in their life outside the coaching session (together represented in the 7-Eyed Model as Mode 1, the coachee system).
Also, the more experienced I became as a supervisor, the more I found myself needing to make finer distinctions about the individual players' experiences. I already had developed a model which provided exactly these distinctions which I increasingly incorporated into my supervision practice. I first wrote about this model over 15 years ago ("Executive Mentoring" in Counseling at Work, Spring 1996, pp 5-6) and it appears in various forms throughout this website (eg here).
The following pages describe the resultant coaching supervision model. It aims to help the supervisor bring the coaching session live into the supervision session, raise the coach's awareness, and so enable the coach to have new options in their coaching.
To learn more about this model either click on one of these topics ...
- The Function of the model and the importance of getting the system into the room
- The 3 Worlds a supervisor must attend to
- The 4 Territories within each world
- The 8 Perspectives a supervisor can look from
- A Case Study showing how the model can be applied
- Practicing Supervision - Ways of using the model