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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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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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