It isn’t just about rocking up! Here are three tips:
- The first tip is to do the groundwork beforehand, so you know exactly what you want to talk about in the session. Doing the work before the work means carefully thinking through the main themes you’re concerned with, being totally honest with yourself, and making enough space for real reflection. Come into the meeting with some bullet points either written down or firmly at the forefront of your mind
- The second tip is to take full ownership of the supervision process. This isn’t business as usual. It’s your time. Ask for what you need, take notes if it helps, and know for sure that it’s all about you. Be prepared to talk and see what emerges. Expect and welcome new awareness and insight. Be prepared to push hard in search of practical ways to apply those insights.
- The third tip is to be courageous and constructively question yourself. Rattle your assumptions. Keep a growth mind-set, take a risk and keep reflecting. Reflect before, during and after your supervision meeting. Be open to discussing your thoughts and don’t shun the learning involved. Even if you find your supervision sessions challenging, fully embrace the process. Growth might sometimes be painful but, perhaps because of your struggles, it will be rewarding. Ultimately, supervision is there to encourage you and to build your coaching capabilities so that you can become even more effective at what you do.