Reduce bias in coaching

  • As coaches, we all need to be aware of our own biasses and the impact these  have. Unnoticed bias can lead to judgement and even discrimination.   It’s important  we work to reduce and eliminate our biases. That way we can provide a really professional,  safe and inclusive service. To all our clients.
  •  Mezirow’s model is good reflective way of bringing your own coaching bias to your awareness . Especially when combined with good supervision.

1. Reflectivity:  What do I feel and think about this person (coachee) and how does this affect my behavior? 

  • You could use these questions in a  reflective journalling, or a  peer supervision context.

2. Affective reflectivity: How do I feel about the way I think  and act in relation to them (coachee)

 3. Discriminant reflectivity: Are my perceptions of them correct?

4. Judgemental Reflectivity : what assumptions am I making about people and situations based on my own values?

5. Conceptual reflectivity: Questioning the constructs I  use when I think about other people;  for example ‘just because the person does x will y always for follow’?

6. Psychic reflectivity:  Am I jumping to conclusions? 

7. Theoretical reflectivity: becoming aware of the reasons and quick to make judgements about people based on cultural and psychological assumptions. What are my assumptions about this  person based on?

Write and reflect on your answers. Then bring the topic to your supervision practice.


Mezirow’s model:  7 Levels of Reflectivity (1978;1981)  cited in Boud, D.  Kough, R and Walker (1985)  Turning Experience into Learning, London, RouteledgeFalmer    

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Getting the most for your money from coaching

Getting the most for your money from coaching  

Coaching is an investment – time, energy and money.  You want to get something in return – positive change, a sense of direction and valuable learning.

Here’s how I help my coachees get the most from coaching.  Helping them get a greater return on their investment, with a little preparation.  I write to them in advance of the session  with this little bit of guidance…

Tip 1

  • It’s great if you can have a gap between your last meeting finishing and the coaching session starting –  even 10 minutes makes a difference to creativity  and concentration. 
  • Microsoft recently can completed a piece of research showing brain scans of people who took mini  gaps between meetings. It indicated that stress levels were considerably lessened and that concentration and creative thinking was increased!  So take some space. 

Tip 2 

  • Please do your best to find a quiet space where you can’t be overheard and won’t be interrupted.

Tip 3 

  • Some people like something to take notes on either a mobile phone pad or notebook.   
  • It’s great to have a space to record all your learning and small steps from coaching and you can also use it as a reflective journal

Tip 4 

  • Finally  please think  in advance about  the one theme that you would like to focus on in your first session- ‘what would be the best use of your time?’ 
  • No need to tell me in advance,  but it just helps if you’ve had a little bit of reflective space to clarify what your focus will be. 

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