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Three Phases of Coaching Agreements

An agreement for a coaching relationship is called for in both the Code of Ethics and the Core Competencies of a coach from the International Coaching Federation, ICF. An agreement happens in three phases: An initial conversation with a client … Read more

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An Opportunity

Number 28 in the ICF Code of Ethics calls on coaches to do good.  What does that mean?  How can we do that?  It starts with the statement in the code on being aware of our and our clients’ impact … Read more

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The Ethics of Diversity

The International Coaching Federation published a statement of diversity, inclusion, belonging, and justice at https://coachfederation.org/about: “ICF Members and Credential-holders live and work in more than 140 countries and territories.  ICF is a vibrant global community committed to the shared vision … Read more

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3 Steps to Start a Coaching Relationship

Each coaching relationship is unique.  This is because each client is unique and what will serve them in the moment varies. When coaches are in their coach training, they often learn a specific process.  Additionally, there are many processes explained … Read more

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Coaching Competency 2 Speaks to Diversity

Competency 2 is Embodies a Coaching Mindset.  The definition for this competency is, “develops and maintains a mindset that is open, curious, flexible, and client centered.”  This in and of itself speaks to the humility we want for diversity.  When … Read more

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Coaching Competency 1 Speaks to Diversity

Which competencies specifically address diversity?  There are several – consider both the definitions from the competencies and the competency sub points. Competency 1. Demonstrates Ethical Practice: Definition: “Understands and consistently applies coaching ethics and standards of coaching.”  This is speaking … Read more

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More Coaching Ethics that Speak to Diversity

Continuing with how Ethics speak to diversity, ICF Code of Ethics number 25 states to avoid discrimination by maintaining fairness and equality in all activities and operations, while respecting local rules and cultural practices.  This includes and is not limited … Read more

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Coaching Ethics Speak to Diversity

Consider how specific points from the Code of Ethics speak to diversity. The ICF Code of Ethics number 11 says: “am aware of and actively manage any power or status difference between the client and me that may be caused … Read more

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Avoid Making a Mistake with the Letters for Coaching Certification

What happens if somebody claims a coaching credential that they don’t have?  Sometimes this gets noticed, sometimes it doesn’t. When it does get noticed for the person who claimed a credential they don’t have, there’s embarrassment, there’s a loss of … Read more

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What if someone with no training identifies themselves as a professional coach?

Start by assuming positive intent.  Then invite them to explore ICF’s website and to research the profession.  Discuss the Core Competencies and the Code of Ethics. Be aware of the reality is that an untrained coach can cause harm by … Read more

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