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Seeking Ethical Maturity Through Curiosity And Continuous Learning

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  1. Ask open questions: Deepening our learning happens when we ask open questions, those that begin with who, what, where, when, and how.  ‘Why’ can also be used if we are able to stay kind to ourselves and not jump to a place of judging and self criticism.  When we ask open questions for which we don’t have the answer, we create a place of possibility from which we can continue to learn and develop.
  2. Test assumptions: We all make assumptions every day.  The one thing I am sure about is 99.9% of the time, I am not correct in the assumptions I make.  We need to stay curious and test anything that shows up as an assumption so we can gain clarity and accuracy.

Repeat:  Yes, this can be a continuous cycle that helps us deepen our understanding and discovery of who we are.  This cycle of curiosity also helps us develop the ethical maturity that will support us to thrive as coaches and human beings.

Every coach wants to be respectful of their clients and themselves.  The learning created through reflection and reflexivity will help us become better coaches, ones who have ethical maturity, making better decisions in all aspects of our lives.  As we grow our wisdom, we also will grow our skills as a coach and human being.

References:

Carroll, Michael and Shaw, Elizabeth.  Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions.  Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions.  Jessica Kingley Publishers, London England and Philidelphia, USA.  2013.  379pp.

eve.turner.com.  July 17, 2017 as viewed Sept. 18, 2017.

Lordanou, Loanna  Hawley, Rachel  Lordanou, Christina.  Values and Ethics in Coaching.  Sage Publications, Ltd.  London, England.  2017. 241pp.

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