Coaching and mentoring supervision is a rapidly expanding field. This book is a curated collection of contemporary thinking; presenting cutting-edge contributions from international writers, leaders in the professional field, academics and practitioners who offer a range of accessible applied research, practice examples, case studies, guidelines and reflective prompts to readers. As in art galleries, some pieces require reflection – and return visits may be necessary. The work is edgy and new, and yet totally grounded in the coaching and mentoring supervisor experience, bringing pragmatic solutions to current complex challenges.

Over the last decade coaching supervision has moved from a rare and privileged audience to being common place amongst ‘best practice’ coaches. This book harnesses the current surge in curiosity, knowledge and practice in coaching and mentoring supervision and provides a collective statement of our times. Each chapter, in its highly individual way, equips us to face the demands of the VUCA environment. In turn, the book resources coaching and mentoring supervisors to support their supervisees – coaches and mentors who work with leaders, grappling with global, community and personal challenges, in this uncertain, fast moving world. Supervision for mentors is developing alongside coaching supervision and at present there appears to be no obvious distinctions with little current research focussing on the mentoring supervision experience. However, its distinctive identity is still forming. We invite mentors, and mentor supervisors, as they read these works, to consider the emerging similarities and differences in addressing requirements for mentoring supervision.

The book brings together pioneering research and practice and as such will remain current for many years. This book will be popular with experienced professionals who want to stretch and deepen their practice, keep up-to-date with current studies, challenge and catalyse their own thinking, and embrace learning from real-world practitioner examples and applied research.

chapter |3 pages


ByJo Birch, Peter Welch

chapter 1|17 pages

Supervision and the seventh eye

ByKatherine Long

chapter 2|14 pages

Seven simple rules

An alternative lens
ByJo Birch, Louie J N Gardiner

chapter 3|18 pages

Neuro-behavioural supervision

Applied neuroscience in the context of coaching supervision
ByPaul Brown, Saba Hasanie, Henry Campion

chapter 4|19 pages

The power and influence of the unconscious mind

BySandra Wilson

chapter 5|14 pages

Working in the shadows

Pain and suffering in coaching and supervision
ByPatrick Hobbs

chapter 6|17 pages

A new dimension? Using observational data creatively in supervision

ByKathryn M Downing

chapter 7|23 pages

Attending, daring, becoming

Making boundary-play conscious
ByLouie J N Gardiner

chapter 8|9 pages

Extending ourselves as supervisors

Stepping outside our cultural conditioning
BySabreena Andriesz

chapter 9|12 pages

Moving from frozen code to live vibrant relationship

Towards a philosophy of ethical coaching supervision
ByKees de Vries

chapter 10|14 pages

Supervision for internal coaches

ByKatharine St John-Brooks

chapter 11|15 pages

Guidelines for team coach supervision

ByAlison Hodge, David Clutterbuck

chapter 12|12 pages

Supervision’s oasis for leaders and people practitioners

ByElaine Patterson

chapter 13|12 pages

Supervision of supervision

ByMichel Moral, Eve Turner

chapter 14|17 pages


Exploring synergies between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the supervisor
ByLise Lewis, David Clutterbuck