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Being a Coach

Being a coach goes beyond the coach training, coaching certification, coaching experience, and mentor coaching steps involved to become a coach. Being a coach includes living competency #2 Embodies a Coaching Mindset, living the Code of Ethics and being ethical, … Read more

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Becoming a Coach

Sometimes the question is raised as to whether training is necessary to becoming a coach.  Technically and legally, you can call yourself with no training.  Even my dog can call herself a coach.  The more important question is whether that … Read more

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Noteworthy Details in the New Code of Ethics

In addition to the overall format changes in the International Coaching Federation’s, ICF’s, Code of Ethics described in the previous blog, there is value in looking more closely at some of the detailed information that is different.   For example, … Read more

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ICF’s New Code of Ethics

In December of 2019, the International Coaching Federation published the new Code of Ethics that then went into effect January 1, 2020.  What are the reasons behind the change?  Primarily two things: 1. It is a best practice to review … Read more

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When is your time?

As with so many coachees, for coaches it is also easy to forget about self-care.  After all, you are likely focused on learning your craft, building your business, serving your clients, plus balancing family and more.  So, when is your … Read more

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Religious Beliefs versus Sexual Orientation: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coach and client have been working together for six months with a focus on the client’s business.  The client wants to discuss a challenge they are having with their same-sex partner.  The coach is religious and feels they cannot … Read more

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Conflict of Interest: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coach has a client who owns their own hair salon.  The coach’s friend decides to start their own business – a hair salon – and will be a competitor of the client.  The coach has completed their coach training … Read more

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Record Keeping: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coach keeps notes on paper and stores them in a locked file cabinet.  The coach’s house is broken into, the file cabinet is busted open, and the files thrown all over their lawn.  Or, on a similar note, the … Read more

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Confidentiality What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coaching client’s manager wants a full report on what is discussed during coaching sessions.  They threaten to stop paying for the coaching unless they receive it.  The coach has completed their coach training and is a member of the … Read more

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A Gift: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coaching client offers their box seat tickets to a big game to the coach.  The coach has completed their coach training and is a member of the ICF and accountable to the Code of Ethics. Possible Responses: The coach … Read more

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