17th March 2017
Values and Ethics in Coaching book recommendation
Values and Ethics in Coaching by Ioanna Iordanou, Rachel Hawley, Christiana Iordanou is essential reading for coaches, mentors, supervisors and their trainers.
This is a a book that our profession has needed for some time. It has a clear structure to help us identify and reflect on our ‘taken-for-granted’ beliefs. The structure facilitates discussion, with boxes throughout depicting activities and pauses for reflection alongside recommended reading, making it invaluable for individual practitioners and as a catalyst in group/classroom settings.
Those who are looking for an instant solution to ethical dilemmas may be disappointed. As the book argues, “values are socially constructed” and it is “impractical to talk about universal and uniform set of values and ethics that underpin behaviours and actions in coaching practice” (p140).
The book creates the conditions to bring ethical issues to the surface and overall is highly useful. I recommended all in our profession to read it and use it to begin conversations.