“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward.”
If you were to describe coaching, what would you say? For me, at its most basic, coaching is a relationship – a relationship between coach and coachee. That relationship’s based on equality between the two parties, focusing attention on the coachee, and facilitating approaches to dealing with what the coachee presents. All this may sound quite straightforward. But it’s not.
Any relationship needs to be managed, and coaching relationships are no exception. The responsibility for managing these particular relationships lies with the coach. This being so, coaches need to consider carefully and monitor the effects of a number of things, from values and perceived ‘power’ in the relationship to non-judgementalism and ethics. If this consideration and monitoring are neglected, problems can arise. It’s the duty of coaches to ensure their responsibilities are carried out.
This time I’ll take a look at why we need to think about ethics in coaching, touching on the kinds of ethical concerns that can arise, as well as potential ethical dilemmas to watch out for.
This time I’m sharing a guest post I wrote not long ago concerning how we can build supportive coach communities with Twitter, based on my experience of being involved in the #coachingHE Tweetchat – an initiative organised by a dynamic group of coaches working in Higher Education settings, backed by the Staff Development Forum (SDF) here in the UK. As a vehicle to bring together and preserve the ‘wisdom’ of a widely geographically-dispersed cohort of coaches it has been highly successful. I hope this post encourages you to look into this form of community building as well, in order to promote CPD opportunities for coaches in different settings and an additional sense of coach well-being.
The guest post first appeared in Coaching World in April 2018, published by the International Coach Federation (ICF). You can see the original publication here, and I’d like to point out that copyright is held by the ICF (meaning it should not be reproduced or reblogged without gaining permission from the ICF first).
Building Supportive Coach Communities with Twitter
Coaches work in different contexts; some in relative isolation, which can lead to negative impacts on professional well-being and development. But, with the use of social media, we can create a supportive culture of “community” among coaches.