Self-Assessment and Reflective Practice for coaching.


Self-Assessment and Reflective Practice for coaching.

Adult learning is about reflecting on activity and event, using experience, judgement and feedback from you and others to help consider options and then plan actions. Self-assessment and a regular practice of reflecting on and in action can lead to performance improvement, a change of habit and a more fulfilling journey of development for the participant.

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Linking this process to coaching and the development of you becoming a great coach is highlighted as the foundation toward good practice particularly with ethical standards and competency frameworks published by the EMCC, AOC, Association of Coaching Supervisors and the ICF. Reference is made now within other coaching qualification providers such as the ILM and CMI to support coaching and mentoring development with supervision including formal supervision provided by a qualified supervisor, peer supervision and self- supervision

Self-supervision helps the individual formalise this process and helps them to consider their own needs across the three key functions of education, well-being and ethical practice. It can be a useful method to decide what you want to raise when attending formal supervision sessions.

I have developed a useful coaching self –assessment tool that can be used online and then downloaded as a PDF report that I hope you might find useful. I have had to make a small charge for users, £20 plus VAT which is primarily to cover hosting and secure storage costs but hope those who might use this will benefit from the self-assessment process to aid review of their own ability to coach.

Coaching is the process of facilitating the development, learning and performance improvement of another.

Taken from Peter Hill’s book Concepts of Coaching, we provide ten key coaching competencies and their associated behaviours being:

  1. Initiating the coaching relationship
  2. Developing the coaching relationship
  3. Managing yourself
  4. Working within an agreed ethical code
  5. Working with a set of beliefs
  6. Communication
  7. Focusing on goals
  8. Striving for excellence
  9. Having a flexible approach
  10. Thinking and understanding


These coaching competencies are built on the foundation that a coach:

  • Respects the uniqueness of others
  • Uses the full range of approaches from directive to non-directive, acts out of the belief that every person has huge, unlimited potential and they create partnerships with their learners
  • Displays openness, honesty, empathy, integrity and a passion for individual learning and development, both personal and professional.

The question set that are provided within the assessment tool will allow a self-assessment by the coach as to their own, subjective opinion relating to their own level of performance as a coach and help highlight areas where they can plan to develop.

The results are provided in a spider diagram for an overall visual of where you might want to concentrate on performance improvements and there are ample areas to record specific actions for improvement that the user can take to supervision for discussion.

To use the assessment tool register here

Many of you who are reading this and are working toward certification and diploma awards may want to use the PDF as evidence of their development.

For more details regarding the tool, or for feedback on your results or any other areas of interest relating to coaching and mentoring supervision contact:


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About Tim Anderson
Tim has over thirty years’ experience within the sales environment as a sales person, a sales manager, a sales director and as a mentor and coach. He has run sales teams as a sales director within the IT sector as a direct re seller, a VAR and as an MSP. He has developed and exited from two IT businesses and supported three training and development organisations to grow their businesses by supporting their commercial offering. He has taken these teams through change initiatives . Tim continues to develop himself as a coach and has successfully taken his coaching into executive and leadership coaching. He has combined coaching with management and leadership development and regularly supports senior managers to take their next step upward in their careers. He is a qualified coach and a Chartered Manager and also holds a degree in professional consulting.

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