Enriching coaching ethics with philosophical ethics and interculturalism

Philippe Rosinski
Fireside chat

Coaches typically refer to coaching codes of ethics and to their own judgment to act ethically. However, deeper awareness and reflection are called for to make informed ethical judgments amid the complexity we face today, interacting with clients from different backgrounds, serving multiple stakeholders, and dealing with systemic and planetary challenges. This ethical reflection can be enlightened by a combination of philosophical ethics and interculturalism. 
Both disciplines invite us to go beyond our current worldviews, to challenge our assumptions, to question our notions of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Philosophical ethics allows us to appreciate the multiple and sometimes contradictory perspectives great philosophers offer about ethics. Interculturalism enables us to become aware of our cultural biases, to suspend premature judgments that merely reflect these biases, and to be able instead to make informed choices that consider alternative cultural views as well.

In this session, you will learn how philosophical ethics (particularly deontology and teleology) and interculturalism (particularly using the Cultural Orientations Framework COF) can be integrated into coaching, allowing us to enrich our conception of coaching ethics and enabling us to make sounder ethical judgments. We will argue that current coaching codes of ethics, as useful as they are, tend to reflect a deontology-teleology imbalance. We will propose that coaching becomes aimed at “doing the greatest good for the greatest number” by referring to the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals. We will also discuss how the COF can serve both to identify ethical risks linked to cultural biases and to offer new solutions by leveraging alternative cultural polarities. 
You will have a chance to reflect and engage in peer coaching to address your own coaching ethical dilemmas, with questions inspired by Kant’s categorical imperative, Aristotle’s virtue ethics, Bentham and Mill’s utilitarianism, as well as interculturalism using the COF.

Prof. Philippe Rosinski, MCC, is considered the pioneer of intercultural and global coaching. He is the author of two seminal books, “Coaching Across Cultures” and “Global Coaching”, and the co-author of sixteen books. He is also the author of the Cultural Orientations Framework (COF) assessment.

Philippe is the first European to have been designated Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. He has received numerous awards including the Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Award (2019), the ICF Circle of Distinction (2022) and he is listed among the Global Gurus Coaching Top 30 (#7 in 2023).

Host: Wendy-Ann Smith

Wendy-Ann is a coaching psychologist, researcher and educator. She is the Director at her coaching boutique Eclorev, co-founder of the Coaching Ethics Forum and Visiting Fellow, Centre for Positive Psychology, Buckinghamshire New University, UK and Ethics group discussion lead at the Institute of Coaching. Her recent research has looked at how coaches understand their development with a number of publications arising from this work. Her recent publications are: Positive Psychology Coaching in the Workplace (2021) and The Ethical Coaches’ Handbook: A Guide to Developing Ethical Maturity in Practice (publication 2023), and Ethical Case Studies for coach development and practice: A Coach’s Companion (Forthcoming, late 2023) she has also authored chapters on various topics within coaching psychology and positive psychology. Wendy-Ann regularly coaches a small number of one-to-one clients. She designs and delivers lectures, trainings and workshops internationally in a variety of settings including universities. Her interest is supporting the development of coaches through coaching psychology, positive psychology, and increasing ethical awareness and practice. 

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