When my grandson, Connor, was just over two, we walked in a redwood forest in California. As he passed logs, he leaned in to look at the green moss. Each time he dipped his head to see, he said in a big voice, "WOW!". That's how I want supervision to be. My self-imposed standard for good supervision is whether I learned something. I attempt to be on the edge of my chair - fully engaged in discovery .
I am fortunate to have helped import the whole idea of supervision to North America and to have lead CSA diploma programs in France and the US. The intensity of working in French - and improving my language skills - taught me to use words thoughtfully. A student in Avignon observed that I paused to be intentional about word choice at a deliberate pace. He learned that he spoke so rapidly he hardly know what he was saying. That's a good supervision practice too.
My years as an organization development consultant and internal executive coach provide me with an ear to hear the complexities faced by coaches who work for large companies. I left a big company because I didn't have the emotional boundaries needed to manage in that setting. I didn't have external supervision!
Eclectic is a word used to describe me. I employ photography - often my own, poetry - my own and others, stories, free writing, dialog and the usual theories as required by the situation.
My closed groups are said to offer a container to build trust and rapport over time. My individual supervision provides a very personal setting and the scheduling flexibility needed by many super-busy coaches and supervisors.
One might say I am still an adventurer - these days, sea kayaking provides rich encounters with the world and calls on me to be fit for purpose. Each visit to the sea is different. Just like supervision.