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The Mystery of Coaching Mastery with Dr Stephen Burt

Speaker: Dr Stephen Burt
Type: Paid Event - £17.50
Venue: Holiday Inn (Courtfield Road Entrance) 97 Cromwell Road, London (Click venue address for map) (Click venue address for map)
Date: 24 October 2017

The Mystery of Coaching Mastery with Dr Stephen Burt

Times: 18h15 Registration and Networking

18h45 Session begins and finishes at 20h15


I have long been fascinated by the question of what top coaches do, and how their practice is different to the merely “very good”. My gut tells me that adding another technique or model to our repertoire is not what we need in order to achieve the highest level. Indeed, the more we have in the kit-bag, the heavier it becomes and the harder it can become to find the “right” tool for the job. And the more we focus on the kit-bag, the less we focus on our client and the less attention we give to being ready to work with them. 

Competence frameworks help us to capture coaching mastery, up to a point. But there are two problems with this approach. First, I believe, no coach regularly or systematically can tick all the boxes. We necessarily select. It seems our individual expertise is predicated on a small number of ‘signature’ abilities. Secondly, competences don’t communicate the individual style or presence of the top coach. And they don’t evoke the freedom with which the top coach works. 

So we need other ways of thinking and talking about mastery in coaching. This session will offer some ideas about how coaches can do that and help participants re-visit the challenge of communicating who they are as a coach. In particular it will show the benefit of looking outward beyond coaching – to both general research on skill acquisition and parallel disciplines – in order to understand and communicate the nature of coaching mastery. It will also draw on my own research with some top coaches on what constitutes the core of their practice and what they notice when they are at the top of their game.

The session will be inter-active. I’ll present some of my key findings about mastery and encourage discussion both in plenary and in small groups to explore the model and ideas that I offer. I’ll also build in 3 focused opportunities for participants to engage in conversations and co-coaching designed to help them find and articulate their own mastery. The first will ask them to describe one formative experience for them as coaches and how that shows up in their coaching. The second will focus on what, in their practice, they could not do without. And the third will explore, via metaphor, what they are doing, thinking and feeling when operating with mastery. These three questions put in place some of the building blocks necessary for a coach to articulate their ‘signature’ practice and hence, to find what ‘mastery’ means for them.

Stephen coaches emerging talent, those making the step up to leadership and leaders at board level in the private and public sectors. He has been coaching since 2002 when he left a secure, responsible and fascinating job in Whitehall to set up business as a leadership coach.  

He is committed to sharing his learning about coaching and leadership. He has written for The Listener and the EMCC e-journal. He publishes a well-regarded blog that captures his reflections on what he encounters in his professional life and on what he notices in music and elsewhere that shines a different light on coaching and leadership. 

He has presented at the EMCC annual conference and to other groups of peers. He also teaches coaching and allied skills in top business schools in the UK and the middle-east.


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