Listen to the episode Season 3 | Ep 52
On this episode of the Coaching Studio
In this episode of the Coaching Studio, I’m thrilled to share my guest Dr. Elizabeth Crosse, MCC. This insightful conversation explores the nuances of coaching, the interplay between learning and coaching, the importance of self-reflection and personal growth in a coach’s journey, and the evolution of coaching as a partnership and mutual learning process. Dr. Crosse shares her perspectives on the art of coaching, emphasizing the need for coaches to constantly evolve and adapt in their practice.
Some themes that show up in the interview are:
- Learning and Coaching Interplay: The relationship between personal learning and the coaching process.
- Internal Reflection for Coach Development: The importance of coaches engaging in deep self-reflection and personal development to enhance their coaching abilities.
- Coaching as a Partnership and Mutual Learning Process: The concept of coaching as a collaborative and evolving partnership between the coach and the client, emphasizing mutual learning and growth
Dr. Crosse, emphasizes the importance of self-kindness and allowing oneself to learn and enjoy the learning journey in coaching. She advises coaches to embrace discomfort as a learning opportunity and to appreciate the growth that comes from challenging experiences. Dr. Crosse also underscores the value of critical thinking and maintaining curiosity, encouraging coaches to question and explore rather than simply accepting established views. Join us for an enriching dialogue that delves into the heart of what makes effective coaching.
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Dr. Elizabeth Crosse, MCC, dedicates herself to the continuous development of coaches, an endeavor that has matured through more than three decades of engagement in the coaching field and a commitment to being a research practitioner with a keen interest in the cultivation of coaching expertise. Holding learning as a core value, Dr. Crosse espouses the philosophy that experiential learning is the cornerstone for developing the practical wisdom necessary to effect change in the world. She regards coaching as a pivotal learning intervention, a means to positively impact individual lives. This conviction drives her to continually invest in both personal and professional growth to engage authentically with clients.
Her passion for lifelong learning has propelled her from an initial career in education, through overcoming dyslexia and dyspraxia, to ascend as a senior HR professional and eventually establish her own enterprise. Her academic and professional journey includes becoming a fellow of the CIPD and attaining the status of a Master Credentialed Coach with the ICF (MCC). Dr. Crosse has earned three master’s degrees, a doctorate in coaching and mentoring, and stands as one of the pioneer accredited coach supervisors in the UK.
Dr. Crosse’s journey has fostered a deep appreciation for integrity, intellectual rigor, and compassion as foundational pillars for the learning relationships that augment self-awareness and professional capability. She offers mentor coaching and supervision to coaches at varying career stages, as well as those who contribute to the development of mentors, supervisors, or educators. In her work, she partners in critical thinking, co-creating dialogues that bolster reflectivity and criticality essential for coaches to elevate their practice.
Central to her work is assisting clients in identifying their learning needs and the pathways to acquire such knowledge, thereby optimizing the benefits to their clients. She emphasizes the concept of self as an instrument of practice, advocating for the consideration of personal well-being in coach development. Dr. Crosse’s own development encompasses engaging in supervision, research writing, acquiring new knowledge, and paying attention to her health, enjoying long runs with friends, sharing laughter with her husband, and honing her culinary skills.