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Episode 85: What Does “Ethical” Mean in Coaching?

The topic of ethics is critical not only in the context of the coaching profession but in business in general. When you define your own ethical standards, you’re really looking at how your values are brought to life through your actions. From there, it becomes much easier to talk about them in the context of coaching and with your clients and it makes it much easier to attract right-fit clients into your business.

85: What Does "Ethical" Mean in Coaching?

There's no more important topic for coaches and business owners than ethics. Our ethical code provides us with guidelines for how we engage with clients, colleagues, and everyone with whom we are establishing a relationship. Sadly, there are tons of examples out there of questionable, if not downright unethical, business practices.

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Show Notes

There’s no more important topic for coaches and business owners than ethics.

Our ethical code provides us with guidelines for how we engage with clients, colleagues, and everyone with whom we are establishing a relationship.

Sadly, there are tons of examples out there of questionable, if not downright unethical, business practices. That's why today we’re exploring what ethics are, what it means to be an ethical coach, and key considerations to keep in mind whenever we’re engaging with others in our coaching business.

Topics covered

  • How the International Coaching Federation (ICF) supports coaches when it comes to ethics
  • Acknowledging that ethics is not a black and white subject
  • Getting clear on what we mean when we talk about ethics
  • Connecting ethics with our core values
  • What it means to practice ethical behavior
  • Why self-awareness is critical
  • Understanding your responsibility to professionalism
  • The distinction between legal and ethical
  • Doing good versus avoiding bad
  • Breaking down the ICF Core Competencies

Resources mentioned

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TRANSCRIPT

 

Well hello, my friend. Welcome to the Coach with Clarity Podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough, and I am so excited to have you here with me today as we dive into a very important topic in the coaching profession and really not just the online business space, but in business in general. Today, we are going to talk about business ethics. When it comes to being a coach and a business owner, I don't think there's a more critical topic for us to be discussing than ethics, because ethics really provides us with some guidance around how to engage with potential clients, current clients, former clients, colleagues, really anyone with whom we are establishing a relationship. And the sad truth is that there are plenty of online business owners and coaches who are employing some less than ethical tactics in their business model. Sadly, there are tons of examples out there of what I consider to be questionable, if not downright unethical business practices. And so, that's why today I want to spend just a little bit of time exploring what ethics are, what it means to be an ethical coach, and some key considerations that we should be keeping in mind whenever we are engaging with other people in the context of our coaching business. 

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