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The Impact of a Coach Telling

In the previous blog a scenario used in the coach training class on ethics was provided where the coach gave the client the answer.  In this blog, the possible outcomes are explored. If the coach gives the answer and the … Read more

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Who Takes Notes?

A common question in coach training is: During a coaching session, who takes the notes?  The coach?  The client?  No one?  Both?  The answers to this include all these options.  Some say no notes – this protects confidentiality and means … Read more

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Name It to Tame It

At the Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) conference the week of June 8 to 12, 2020 many fabulous presentations and discussions focused on the future of coach training.  One of the messages that seems significant now is “Name It … Read more

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Common Mistake #3 of 3 – Lessons Learned from ICF Assessors

The first two of three common mistakes in the previous blogs, failure to have a clear agreement and leading, are closely related to the third common mistake, telling, teaching, or advising.  During coach training, the biggest paradigm shift for most … Read more

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Common Mistake #2 of 3 – Lessons Learned from ICF Assessors

In the previous blog we looked at the first of three common mistakes made by coaches in recordings they submit to the ICF for their credential application.  The first common mistake was failing to get a clear agreement on what … Read more

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Common Mistake #1 of 3 – Lessons Learned from ICF Assessors

While planning for a presentation to ICF’s Ethics Community of Practice, I had the opportunity to talk with the presenter, Jim Smith.  Then, during his presentation, Exploring the Convergence of Updated Ethics and Core Competencies, what we had talked about … 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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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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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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