by Ed Britton
Think the observer drew the short straw in a coaching triad?
Think again. The observer role is the difference between a coaching session and a coaching triad. Observers can spend between 30 minutes and 5 hours with a session recording plugged into their ears, and with the IAC Coaching Masteries Ebook in front of them. They focus on how a good session can be transformed into a masterful session. Your time as an observer may be some of the richest learning that you experience on your path to mastery.
The observer provides suggestions for how a coaching session might be improved based on the IAC's 9 Coaching Masteries ®. This may be done simply by listening to the coach and coachee (client) in a live session and commenting afterward, or, perhaps more profitably, by repeated listening to the session recording and providing written suggestions for improvement.
Here is a suggested process:
When coaching quality is approaching excellence and extra effort is needed to fine tune it to meet Mastery level, the following approach can be used.
To discern truly masterful coaching, there is one more lens to look through – the lens of the coachee. Masterful coaching is deeply transformative; much more than 'technically correct.' Coaching becomes masterful when the coachee is moved to discovery and achievement that supersedes themselves. You can hear it in their voice, see it in their eyes and observe it in their sustained performance and accomplishment.
While all 9 Masteries must be rich in evidence, the defining quality of masterful coaching is the profound change that elicits sustained transformation.
Listen for it!
Ed Britton is a career and leadership coach who lives in Calgary, Canada. He also serves the IAC as the Director of Development and leads the Path to Mastery coaching triads program. Ed has a background in the physical sciences, in adult education and leadership development. After living in China for 10 years, Ed looks forward to a Canadian winter and cross country skiing! If you would like to participate in the Path to Mastery coaching triads program, please contact Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org.