Untangle and grow

A blog by Alison Maxwell

Friday, 28 June 2013

Signs of burnout in coaches

Like many others in 'helping by talking' professions, coaches are prone to 'burnout'. However, some of the coaches I supervise seem think this is something that their clients will suffer from (which it is), and are unaware of the symptoms in themselves.

I posted a recent blog talking about a general model of burnout - here's what it might look like when applied to coaches:

  • Phase of big illusions - believing that as coach you can change your clients and through them, the world. Coaching becomes a mission.
  • Phase of frustration - placing too high expectations on ourselves and on clients. We start to feel disappointment and frustration with the amount of change that seems to be possible
  • Phase of decreased vitality - client' start to feel like a burden, 'do I really have to talk to them again?'.
  • Phase of apathy - the work with clients starts to lose its meaning, 'what was the point after all?'.

So if we take 'self-as-instrument' seriously, we also have to make sure we do what it takes to look after that instrument. Down time is for coaches as well as their clients. 

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