Shadow Coaching® is a particular advanced application of reflective and observational coaching that provides one way for clients to go below the surface into the core dynamics of a situation, illuminating the truth of the moment and making decisions that move people forward.
Shadow Coaching® is a real time learning approach in developing a refined self-awareness and capabilities in the workplace as a result of reflection on practice. It enables people, not only to benefit from the continuous presence of an observing coach over an extended period of time in a typical set of workdays, but also develops their own role as self-observer for the long term.
It teaches clients to become reflective practitioners.
In many ways one could consider Shadow Coaching® as akin to sport coaching in that as a Coach, I can observe, reflect and report back to the client what I see in the “moment”. Shadow Coaching® is observational, situational, in ‘real-time’, fast-paced coaching — two minds working as one increasing awareness and implementing change on the spot.
This type of coaching is ideally suited to organisational leaders who must make decisions and act adaptively in intense work environments. Shadow Coaching® involves partnering with clients in their work environments and brings another experienced and fresh perspective that helps to identify problematic dynamics, work habits and assumptions that impede effectiveness. Within Shadow Coaching® is the competency of Laser Coaching® which involves being able to provoke the leader’s awareness of these problematic features in ways that they can be addressed immediately. It goes beyond support to problem solving.