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RESEARCH MATTERS: KEEPING ETHICS TO THE FORE

Christiana Iordanou and Ioanna Iordanou reflect on the ethical issues in team coaching and offer some practical guidelines on how to deal with them   Unlike in other helping professions, such as medicine and psychology, coaching continues to be practised without any formal regulatory safeguards. Complying with any code of ethics is up to the individual coach’s discretion, while ethical standards of professional practice are primarily self-imposed (Iordanou, Hawley & Iordanou, 2017). The consequence of the seemingly lax attitude of the coaching industry towards formal regulatory processes that could safeguard the profession from dangerous, unethical practices, is that coaches are […]

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THE FOURTH REVOLUTION

In the first of a series of further articles examining coaching and technology, Adina Tarry highlights the importance of taking an ethical perspective as technology becomes more widespread and sophisticated. Part 1: ethics and technology must shake hands but can they, and what has this got to do with coaches? In the past three years I’ve closely monitored the latest technological advancements and reflected on related ethical implications, while attending relevant CPD events, doing research and paying attention to the media coverage of the subject. In this article, I share some of the answers, reflections and further questions that this interest […]

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REFLECTIONS ON INTEGRITY – THE APPEAR MODEL

Jonathan Passmore and Eve Turner offer a practical, ethical decision-making framework, APPEAR, as a tool for use by coaches and their supervisors to help guide practitioners through ethical dilemmas in their work and to develop ethical awareness So how much is it worth to your business to win this coaching contract with our organisation?” This question made Jonathan Passmore sit up as he listened to a coach share their awareness that in some contexts a facilitation payment was a key stage in winning work and one that fellow coaches were willing to engage in to secure a coaching assignment. In […]

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THE TRUSTING KIND

Coaching supervision has a vital role to play in helping coaches navigate tricky ethical decision-making, yet global practice varies widely. Eve Turner and Jonathan Passmore examine the results of a global research project into supervisors’ practices when presented with difficult dilemmas A few years ago, one of the authors, Eve Turner, was asked for advice by a supervisee who had been asked by the police to hand over their coaching notes on a client (Turner & Woods, ‘When the police come knocking’, Coaching at Work 10.6, 2015). The subsequent weeks involved discussions with professional insurers, lawyers, professional bodies, Turner’s supervisor […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: COACHING IN A CRISIS – PART 2: THAT SINKING FEELING

Part 2 in our series of articles marking UK Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May): Supporting an organisation and its employees through crisis requires speedy ethical considered responses from HR, including coaching ‘in action’ says The Sun’s former HR director Carrie Birmingham   We live in a world of uncertainty and issues can quickly escalate into crisis in any business sector, as we’ve seen in recent examples, including the FirstGroup tram crash; recall of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and mounting allegations of child abuse within football clubs. When crisis strikes, there’s often no place to hide. Mismanagement and poor internal communication […]

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EMCC: SUPPORTING GROWTH

A study from the European Mentoring & Coaching Council on internal coaching highlights what support multinationals need, what the EMCC is already offering, and what it plans to offer, and invites responses from other professional bodies too. Lise Lewis reports It is now the norm for organisations to have an internal coaching capability, and 75% of organisations expect this to increase over the next two years, according to the 6th Ridler Report published last year (2016) with European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) UK. Along with the predicted further growth of internal coaching, there have been observations generally within the […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS – MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS: AN EVALUATION AND A PROPOSITION

Dr Ioanna Iordanou of Oxford Brookes University Business School and author of Values and Ethics in Coaching, discusses the challenges of Codes of Ethics and proposes a systemic approach to an ethical coaching practice Over the past two decades, coaching has seen global exponential growth. Yet, unlike other relevant ‘helping’ professions, such as medicine, nursing, social work and psychology, coaching continues to remain largely unregulated. As a result, ethical standards of professional practice are primarily self-imposed and no coach is obliged to comply with any specific code of ethics if he or she does not wish to do so (Iordanou […]

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Coaching bodies to agree fitness to practise levels

Coaching buyers remain confused by the language around coaching – including ‘accredited’ and ‘master coach’ – and are in danger of using incompetent coaches. One employer told Coaching at Work it had been approached by a ‘master coach’ who, it transpired, had been awarded the title after a five-day intensive programme. Despite the ‘coach’ struggling to articulate what coaching (actually) is and the initial in-house coaching contact asking them not to approach leaders directly, the ‘coach’ subsequently gained entry into the organisation by offering free work directly to senior leaders and is now looking to earn thousands a day. “There […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: DISABILITY

In this three-part report, we look at how coaching can be used to support disabled people. Two coaches and their clients – one a deaf UK-based coach and the other a Greece-based coach with no disabilities – share their experiences and reflections. And David Clutterbuck offers guidance on using mentoring with disabled people PART ONE : MISSED ABILITY? Disabled people are just like other people. Why offer them particular support as a group? The short answer is because it could help unearth talents that employers are unaware of, says deaf coach, Jane Cordell When I started coaching in 2008, it was […]

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Welcome to the February 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the February 2012 issue of the newsletter Coaching at Work has launched a campaign to help increase the amount of high quality health and wellbeing coaching. As part of our Coaching for Health campaign, we’re running lots of editorial including our trends report in the March issue, and on health coaching approaches in the May issue. Why we’ve launched the campaign: • The cost of healthcare is spiralling yet we seem to be getting sicker • People have to take responsibility for their own health – they will rarely make behavioural changes just because a medical professional has […]

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