Experts might be experts but they still have room to grow and to learn. We are all travelling – we never arrive. It’s like being in a car with passengers….. ‘how far is it……. are we getting closer……… how many more minutes……… are we there yet’?
After many requests we now offer regular supervision to self-employed consultants to help them keep on top of optimum performance.
The number of small businesses offering consultancy has grown, but often in the absence of a clear framework of practice governance and external challenge. How many consultants – particularly those who have worked in the public sector – find that they miss the supervision sessions which have played such an important and regular role in their professional development for so many years?
Most consultancy work is based on relationship building, whilst challenging fixed ideas, unpicking and re-framing evidence. At the same time the process of providing consultancy involves conceptual frameworks involving emotions, identity, conflict, trust, difference, values and ethics. When we work in teams we often work through these concepts with our colleagues.
As independent consultants we frequently work alone or in very small teams and are often driven by tight schedules and we prioritise generating new business at the expense of our own professional development.
This set us thinking – and as a direct response to conversations with a number of independent consultants who have enquired about supervision, and having explored it in our own supervision (yes, we seek it out too!) – we now offer supervision as a method of helping freelance consultants to:
- formally reflect on their practice
- consider the impact of the work they are doing – on themselves and on their clients
- consider the opportunities that might be hidden in plain sight
- discover what are the blocks to excellent performance
- provide a regular opportunity to reflect on business growth and direction
- strengthen professional practice
- consider options for professional development.
Contact us if you think this will be helpful.