Supervision as a key role of maintaining professional standards of coaching practice

sI believe that in my profession, when I stop learning, I stop being effective. This is a short intro into the heart of the supervision definition and in the area of what mentoring, coaching and supervision have in common.

In the last years supervision has increasingly been seen as a vital part of the repertoire for most of the helping professions, doctors, therapists, counsellors, coaches, leaders and related fields.

Coaching Supervision is a supportive relationship in which you can reflect in depth about your current work in order to do it better. When you experience supervision you allow yourself to look inwards to what is happening to you as you work and look outwards to how the work is being done. From these reflections it is possible to discover new things, learnings, which will be used to increase the effectiveness of your work as a leader or as a professional coach.

Supervision gives you an opportunity to improve your professional practice.
What is supervision?
Working under supervision means that a coach uses the services of a coach supervisor to review their coaching practice with clients.Supervision focuses on the interactions between supervisor, coach, client and context with the aim of promoting effective practice. Supervision aims to build on the strengths and successes of the coach and address any weaknesses. Coaching Supervision supports an individual’s organisational, professional and personal objectives including focusing on competency, accountable
practice, continuing professional development and personal support, confidentiality, and highly ethical practice.
Who is supervision available to?
Supervision is available to any practitioner working as a coach or within a helping profession in the Social Services sector.
How long does supervision run for?
Supervision should take place regularly with the same supervisor over a continuous period of time. The length of supervision should be negotiated clearly between the supervisor and supervisee.

What supervision, coaching and mentoring have in common is a desire to improve practice through some kind of reflection. They all offer us an opportunity for us to keep growing, to feel listened and understood, and challenged when we discover, maybe, some of our blind spots.

This month I will speak about supervision as a key role of maintaining professional standards of coaching practice for ICF Romania at the event called: “Inspiring Talks with Professional Coaches”. If you read this and want to join you are more then welocume, all you have to do is to register HERE

What do you think? Do you want to experience coaching supervision? Share your thoughts, knowledge, and experience in the comments below!


of February

What sets the Center for Executive Coaching apart from other coach training and certification programs?


There are many executive coach training and executive coach certification programs. In this article, we explain some of the reasons the Center for Executive Coaching is different.

1. We focus first on coaching methods and processes that get results for clients in specific situations. Other programs emphasize theory, or a particular philosophy. We start with the pressing challenges and opportunities that leaders face, and the most effective and efficient ways to coach them through their situation. Everything we do is grounded in the best practices and applied research based on neuroscience, emotional intelligence, psychology, and research from top business schools about leadership and management. However, the first rule in our program is to help clients get results and bring them value worth 5-10 times your fees and the time the client spends with you.

2. To us, a coaching designation is only a starting point. It is important to have, but not sufficient for success. Other programs start and end with your coaching designation. We go way beyond. We give you tools and methods to coach clients from start to finish. We show you how to set up a practice. We give you unmatched business development and marketing guidance. We provide ongoing support. No other program comes close to the level of support you receive with us, anytime you want it.

3. Proprietary, proven content. Other programs teach the basic coaching core competencies and generic listening skills, along with basic emotional intelligence, leadership, and psychology material that you can find in any book on the subject on Amazon. We give you content you can’t get anywhere else, based on years of testing and refining from actual work coaching clients in the field and discovering what gets results and causes clients to give referrals and invite the coach back for more work.

4. Our marketing guidance is the best in the industry. You receive our Business Development Intensive for Coaches, which includes over 18 hours of training plus toolkits to help you price your coaching programs, proposal templates, marketing examples, examples of effective websites, strategies to attract clients, and so much more. You also get one-on-one support directly from Daiana Stoicescu, Faculty Member for Center for Executive Coaching and you have access to the Founder and Director Andrew Neitlich, author of Guerrilla Marketing for Coaches and a sought-after expert and speaker on marketing for coaches. She reviews your marketing message and plan of action, and even helps you write your message and copy for your website if you request assistance. You won’t find better support. Also, you can contact us anytime — even years after you complete the program — to review a client opportunity or sticky coaching situation.

5. We recognize that you are probably going to want to do more than just coaching for your clients, and help you do it. Other programs assume you will only coach. That’s not how it works in the real world, at least not for top coaches. The best coaches do coaching, of course. However, clients also ask them to facilitate, assess, train, advise, and sometimes consult. Many engagements are hybrids of coaching and other services/solutions. We show you how to pivot so that you provide the solution your client expects. For instance, we now include a complete suite of facilitation solutions and our Master Facilitation Certification with our Certified Executive Coach programs, as an added bonus if you would like to take advantage of that content. Other programs leave you stranded as more of a commodity coach. Why set yourself up so narrowly? Our program prepares you to earn the right to be a true trusted advisor for your clients, and sit at the table with them as the highest-level strategic partner. We also guide you if you wish to write a book, speak, or undertake other projects to build your credibility as a coach and professional.

6. Personal support. You get on-one-one support whenever you need it. All you have to do is email us and we can schedule a meeting, usually within one business day. It is like having your own help desk on call for you.

7. The support is ongoing. It doesn’t end. We have members from 10 years ago who still contact us from time to time to check in and get our advice.

8. Your fellow students (we prefer to call them members) are fantastic. Top professionals from around the world join our program, so you get to learn from an amazing group of people. You can practice coaching with them and work with them to accumulate coaching hours for your ICF designation or BCC certification. Our members come from companies like Google, Microsoft, the US Marines, Coca-Cola, The US Air Force, the United Nations, Aflac, Xeros, New York Life, Stryker, Kaiser Permanente, Xerox, Booz Allen, Lexis Nexis, Procter & Gamble, Inland Steel, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Partners Healthcare, Deloitte Consulting, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, the NBA (National Basketball Association), Brown University, and so many more. They come from almost every sector and industry of the economy, from top leadership roles.  They are a big part of what makes our program great. Other programs will take everyone with a pulse and a checkbook. We screen many prospective members out, because our curriculum moves quickly and we look for members with a strong background and the ability to think quickly on their feet.

9.  You get proven, practical coaching methods, processes, and toolkits that have been road tested and proven around the world, in organizations of all sizes. Our proprietary Coach Master Toolkit is included in our certification program, and has become famous in the coaching community for its practical, results-driven approach. The 27 methodologies in the toolkit give you a guide to the key conversations to have with clients on their top leadership challenges. It allows you to show you have a proven methodology, giving you credibility in the marketplace. It also sets you apart as a coach that is efficient and effective, not yet another coach that just asks a series of open-ended questions that go nowhere and that frustrate clients. Don’t be a coach that cause clients to roll their eyes because you chose a training program telling you to just keep asking open-ended questions; big mistake! You need to know how to engage leaders and executives in conversations that move them forward and help them get insights. Our toolkit shows you how to bring value in a range of situations to your clients. They can also be used as training tools, inspiration for blogs and articles, and content for speeches and educational marketing. In short, they are a way to turbo charge your coaching practice and get it going quickly, while helping you be competent and feel confident as a coach.

10. The program is practical. It is not academic or theoretical, although it is grounded in best practices and applied theory from psychology, neuro-science, emotional intelligence and leadership research. There is no fluff. Everything we teach is meant to be applied in the field with clients in ways that get results — whether you are an internal or external coach.

11. We have almost two decades of experience and a great track record of delighted graduates. In fact, approximately 60% of our members come to us through referrals from other members.

12. The program is flexible for your busy schedule. Everyone who takes our program is busy with work, children, studies…. Our program lets you study at your pace. If you have just 3-4 hours per week you can complete our distance program in 2-4 months and our ICF program in 7-9 months. You can come to an in-person seminar and get Certified there. You can join our live tele-classes, and if your schedule doesn’t work for those, you can listen to the recordings. There is always a way to fit the program into your schedule if you really want to become a certified executive coach with us.

13. The program is modular so that you can choose what works for your budget. You can start with our online program. Then, if you wish, you can add the ICF mentor coaching later on. You can also add a seminar later on, all at no penalty. We will credit your investment to our full certification program if you choose to upgrade. Also, we can stretch out payments to make the investment work for your monthly cash flow needs.

14. The faculty is excellent — and all of us have successful coaching practices. Did you know that at many other coaching schools the faculty have almost no clients? Not here. Our coach trainer and mentor coach Daiana Stoicescu is an PCC with the ICF and has an amazing coaching practice. Our expert on assessment tools, Doru Dima from Great People Inside, has a 7 figure practice and knows assessments and coaching inside out, having worked with some leading Fortune 500 companies. Founder and Director Andrew Neitlich has been coaching for over two decades, and continues to dedicate half of his time to coaching clients, in addition to coaching CEC members. Other members of our faculty are also here to help, and they all run very successful practices.

15. With our anytime admission, you can start when you want, and there is no time limit to complete the program. Other programs force you to start at a certain date. Not us. Our rolling admission lets you start when you want. We have an orientation process that gets you up to speed so you can hit the ground running and get access to all resources on your timeline. Also, you can go at your pace, without a time limit to complete the program. We realize you are busy and have designed the program for maximum flexibility with busy professionals like you in mind.

16. We match you up with a pool of fellow students/members for coaching practice, and this accelerates your skills as well as paid coaching hours if you seek and ICF designation. We have a large pool of coaches who want to get their ICF designation. We match coaches up regularly so that they can work together. By working with other coaches, practice hours count as PAID hours. That way, you are eligible for your ICF designation more quickly. If you have extra time, we can match you up with other coaches who also happen to have time, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how many practice hours you can log. One member recently told us, “This is a great feature of your program! I only have a couple of clients right now but with your pool of coaches I can very quickly get the hours I need to apply to the ICF.”

17. We have been helping aspiring executive, leadership, career, and business coaches be successful for almost two decades; we know what we are doing. New coach training companies spring up all the time. Many offer low cost, cheap programs that won’t get you results and will have you regretting your decision if you go with them (it’s not that you get what you pay for; you either get what you need to succeed or you get nothing at all). Many are fly-by-night. Many are life coaching companies that claim to teach executive coaching, but with approaches that don’t work in the corporate/organizational marketplace. Many take an overly academic or theoretical approach that will frustrated professionals who have a more practical, business-oriented mindset. We have been doing this a long time. We learn constantly from the market, because we also work as coaches, and we keep refining our methodologies as the market continues to evolve. We don’t want to be the biggest — just the best — at least for seasoned, highly intelligent professionals who are serious about getting results for executives, leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals, and up-and-coming talent.

The above are only some of the things that set us apart. The bottom line is that we help you get great clients and coach them to success, so that you succeed, too — whether you are an internal or external coach. Contact us at 0730.177.495 or to set up time to discuss your goals in more depth. All we ask is that you first explore our website so that you understand our programs and pricing, and that you also tell us a bit about your background and goals when you reach out to us by email. Thanks!


of December

We are currently at the beginning of the 4th industrial revolution

Disruptive innovations create new business opportunities and models while destroying the old ones. Technology has already started replacing a vast majority of jobs, creating others and reshaping the way in which we do business.

We are currently at the beginning of the 4th industrial revolution

Professional transformations are set in motion by globalisation and technological revolutions, especially a digital revolution – going from mechanical technology towards digital technology. The speed at which these changes are occurring is not going to slow down – in the next 20 years we will witness a continuous revolution of the workplace and workforce, marked by volatility, uncertainty and complexity..

Whilst the majority of people accept that these changes will revolutionise what we call “work” today, many analysts have opposing views regarding the characteristics of these changes and who will get the most out of them. On one hand, there are optimistic predictions regarding the future of work, where machinery will assist man in performing menial tasks, allowing people to enjoy more interesting jobs, with a better pay and more free time. On the other hand, there are some pessimistic predictions which portray a future where technology is threatening jobs and communities altogether.

The Great People Inside Conference: HR (R)Evolution will launch into interesting and challenging discussions regarding the pace of technological changes being made, the effects it has on jobs and the implications it has on HR, organisations, and employees.
Assembling specialists, practitioners and opinion leaders known worldwide, the 2-day programme combines thematic presentations, bold conversations and group discussions in an interesting manner, with the purpose of discovering techniques and strategies that will determine success in the near future, eliminating the uncertainty of this transitional moment and preparing for the rapid changes that occur in the workforce.
An event dedicated to sharing ideas, inspiration and information regarding the future of work.

According to a report done by Microsoft and Future Laboratory:

“Around 65% of school pupils will move igreat people inside confnto careers that don’t even exist yet. By 2025, the vast majority of the workforce will consist of the generation that has grown up while using mobile devices as the main source of interaction.”

Be inspired by internationally-renowned speakers. These remarkable individuals will motivate, inform and drive you to enact positive change in your personal life and in your organization.

I will be there with a booth representing ICF Romania!


of October

Do you have awareness in conversation?


As you know, I work as an executive coach and I have a strong interest in conversation. When I hear a conversation I look at it with curiosity and I follow the exchange between two people. I often wonder how conversations can change if you pause between words. Wherever your starting point, I believe you will discover for yourself ways in which you can contribute differently to conversations.

Here are some questions for you to answer: (more…)


of February

New Mentor Coaching Group starts in February

coaching and mentoring

Mentor Coaching is an important requirement of the ICF (International Coach Federation) Credentialing process and is vital to the development and growth of the individual seeking an ICF Credential.

Mentor Coaching provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency demanded by the desired credential level sought by a coach‐applicant (mentee).

Whether you are considering achieving your first ICF credential: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), or achieving the next level of credential, Professional Certified Coach Credential (PCC), this program will enrich and expand your knowledge and comfort with the 11 Core Competencies and provide you with a “coaching tune-up”.

We will work one-on-one or in small groups over a series of 10 sessions at a time and place that fits your schedule and activities. The one-on-one sessions can be done in person, by phone or ZOOM/Skype. It’s flexible and very personalized. You will need to set the timing and pacing of the sessions.







You have below all the information you need to make a decision. The bottom line: If you are a good fit for this program, I will go out of my way to help you succeed as a coach, feel confident and competent, and turn your passion for coaching into success.
If you think there is a fit email me at to set up a meeting.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to speaking with you.


of January

Would you rather be seen as a strategic advisor or a coach?


The Center for Executive Coaching trains people to be great executive
and leadership coaches. So it might seem strange that when we
talk about attracting clients, we suggest that you avoid using
the word coach unless the prospective client is specifically seeking

Instead, we want our members to be seen as strategic advisors. A
strategic advisor earns a trusted role with clients, and clients seek us
out for assistance with their most important challenges, opportunities,
and decisions. Most strategic advisors wear multiple hats as needed,
depending on their skills, experience, and passion. Hats can include
coaching, mentoring, assessing, consulting, facilitating, training,
and more – whatever is needed to provide valuable solutions and
help the client get results. We aren’t hung up about titles.

However, even if all you do is coaching, you can still position
yourself as a strategic advisor vs. a commodity coach.

Here is why it is better to be a strategic advisor than a coach: (more…)


of November

What is a Vision Board?


Create your own vision board. But What is a Vision Board? A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

What’s the point of making a vision board? Simply put, we humans tend to be a very busy species and constantly bombarded by distractions. Creating and using vision boards serves several purposes, some of which include helping you to: Identify your vision and give it clarity. Reinforce your daily affirmations. Keep your attention on your intentions

What we focus on expands. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day.

What do you think? Will you create a vision board if you don’t have one already? I hope the answer is yes.

Cheers to a bright 2017! You may want to register here


of November

Good leadership coaching almost always ends up here….

One of the quirks of leadership coaching is that you never know where the coaching will end up. Clients and their organizational sponsors of ten hire a coach for one thing, usually one of the “usual suspects” like: a behavioral or style change, resolving team conflicts, improving leadership presence, changing the culture, or managing multiple priorities. However, as the coaching progresses, something completely different becomes part of the focus for coach and client.

Almost every engagement, the focus of the coaching eventually shifts to the personal toll that leadership takes on the business owner, executive or manager. The coaching shifts to client issues like: (more…)


of September

Why organizations with a culture of coaching are better

[Excerpted from Andrew Neitlich’s forthcoming book, Coach!….]

If an individual who works willingly with a coach is better, it makes sense that an entire organization filled with people who are receptive to coaching is better too.

Coaching is not a panacea that can solve all of a company’s problems. It is also not the only tool available to develop talent in an organization, but it can make a company better, and it deserves a place as one of the most important tools to improve performance.

Visit the International Coach Federation website ( for the latest research about the benefits and results of coaching. According to most studies, coaching returns $4 to $8 for every dollar invested.

The benefits of coaching to organizations include the following:

  • improved loyalty by the people being coached
  • improved relationships up, down, and across the organization
  • improved teamwork
  • improved productivity

Once you know how coaching works, it makes common sense that coaching brings the above benefits. Coaching enables people to discuss issues beyond analytic content. The people being coached start to focus on how well they relate to others, they learn about working with different styles, and they collaborate more willingly and effectively. They have open, honest conversations that are deeper than the usual progress reviews and often come up with innovative ideas that can have a major impact on their teams and organizations. People being coached are encouraged to seek out and listen to advice from others rather than getting defensive. As part of the coaching process, they also commit to making specific improvements in their behavior and attitude. They are better able to balance ego, results, and relationships in their work so that they make things happen while nurturing their relationships with colleagues. Would that type of process make a difference in your organization?

While a culture of coaching might seem touchy-feely, it isn’t. Effective coaching includes metrics to track, measure, and achieve results. It also includes conversations to hold people accountable, get underneath the issues, and get things back on track.

Coaching works well in all sectors, including organizations with highly specialized, technical, scientific, or clinical professionals, because it helps people develop the softer skills that they might not have learned during their years of education. They can then take ideas and use influence to get buy-in and execute more quickly and effectively. From biotech firms to Wall Street financial companies, law firms, and emerging technology companies, coaching can broaden the skills and tools that employees need to get results.

It also makes sense that employees in organizations that support coaching are more motivated and loyal because they recognize that leadership is willing to invest in their development beyond the usual, generic, off-the-shelf training programs. High-potential talent quickly gets bored by the generic leadership training programs on the market, which is why it is estimated that billions of dollars are wasted every year on leadership training that doesn’t even make a dent on performance. In contrast, organizations that encourage leaders and managers to coach and be coached are able to create personalized approaches to developing talent.

The substance of coaching is quite powerful, too, and helps people work better on teams, lead more effectively, and communicate with more impact. The content you will read in this book offers approaches to help people get better in these areas.

Where would you rather work: in an organization that bakes coaching into its very fabric or in an organization with a traditional command-and-control approach to getting things done? Where do you think the freshest talent coming out of the best schools wants to work? In this respect, organizations with a culture of coaching are also better because they are more likely to attract top talent.

Imagine a company in which every single leader and manager knows how to coach their team members to improved performance. Imagine that each leader and manager sits down with each team member and develops a personalized coaching plan to develop that team member and then follows through with that plan. Furthermore, imagine that as people receive coaching they are more receptive to listen to advice, to examine how well they relate to others, and to commit to making improvements. They have open conversations about their progress and keep working to get even better. What would be possible in an organization in which every employee is committed to this process?

It doesn’t have to take much time to make this happen. Coaching can happen during normal one-on-one update meetings; it can happen in short bursts while doing rounds in the workplace; it can happen as part of implementing key strategic initiatives, and it can happen during both formal and informal performance reviews. If leadership is committed, they can create a culture of coaching.



No Fluff – Not Academic
Focus on Practical, Measurable Results


Normally Andrew Neitlich, Founder of the Center for Executive Coaching, the leader in training executive and leadership coaches, only offers live seminars in the USA. Due to his speaking schedule, Andrew will be available to offer his certification and training program in Bucharest in a very special, limited-enrollment event October 14-16, 2016. Please read the details below and enroll before space is sold out.

Click here to register



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