Dictionary.com defines ethics as a “branch of philosophy that deals with morality…distinguishing between good and evil in the world, between right and wrong human actions, and between virtuous and non-virtuous characteristics of people.”
At the end of the day, ethics is all about what a person does or does not do. For executive and business coaches, this can be challenging because these coaches are not psychiatrists; are not counselors; and are not religious advisors.
Since coaching is to provide the opportunity for self-discovery of what is limiting a person’s role or on the job performance in that person’s quest for improved results, then a coach must be careful not to violate that self-discovery by providing the answer. Of course, providing the answer may be expeditious, however the question to be asked “Is it good for the client?”
Here’s how I handle this:
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