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Case Studies and Questions to Ask Yourself

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In the coming weeks, write the Four Way Test on a note card and place it near your phone or computer (along with a copy of one of the ethical standards of Coaching.) Observe how these simple criteria assist in the application of coaching ethics and can greatly affect your coaching.

*Adapted from: Williams, P. & Anderson, Sharon K. (2006).  Law and Ethics in Coaching:  How to Solve and Avoid Difficult Problems in Your Practice.  New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons


Anderson, S., Williams, P., & Kramer, A. (2012), Life and Executive Coaching:

Some Ethical Issues for Consideration. In APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology: Vol. 2. Practice, Teaching, and Research, S. J. Knapp (Editor in Chief)

Brennan, D, & Wildflower, L. (2014) Ethics in Coaching in The Complete Handbook of Coaching (2nd Edition) editors, Cox E, Bachkirova, T, and Clutterbuck, D: London, Sage Publications

Buckingham, M. & Coffman, C. (1999).  First break all the rules: What the world’s greatest managers do differently. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Carroll, M, &Shaw, E (2013) Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

De Jong, A.  (2006) Coaching Ethics: Integrity in the Moment of Choice. In J. Passmore (ed.), Excellence in Coaching. London: Association for Coaching.

Diochon, P. F., & Nizet, J, (2015) Ethical Codes and Executive Coaches: One Size Does Not Fit All. The Journal of Applied Behavioural Science.

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