why it’s ok to fantasize about your coaching clients

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Now there’s an interesting statement and, no doubt, one that will get every ethical nose twitching. But don’t worry. I don’t mean it as it sounds! In “Power in the Helping Professions“(1971), Guggenbuhl-Craig states that relationship is fantasy. When I first read that statement, I braced myself for a gloomy…

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why a code of ethics can’t help with ethical dilemmas

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As a coaching supervisor, I always have an eye on ethical dimensions in my supervisee’s work. It is rather like a goalkeeper in a football match who, even when their side is dominating play, has to be constantly ready to leap in to action when needed. Ethics concerns itself with…

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utopia or dystopia: coaching in the automated age

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In “The Glass Cage: Who Needs Humans Anyway?“, Nicholas Carr explores the darker side of the increasing move towards mass-automation in both industry and our everyday lives. One of the trends Carr points to is the increasing disparity between an economy’s growth and the growth of employment. Where once the…

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is coaching a fad?

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“Nick, is coaching a fad?” I was asked recently. There was no malice to the question, no attempt to suggest that it was. Just a genuine curiosity. A different, but related, question I am increasingly fascinated by is my own double-barrelled question: why coaching, why now? I think to the…

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