Ethics and culture in coaching moving beyond a universal western ethical code

David Lane, Dumisani Magadlela & Ivan Yong
Panel Discussion

Ethics is often presented from the perspective of a limited range of ethical precepts derived from classical philosophy and medical codes of conduct. Developing a code of conduct although not the first action taken by emerging professional bodies in coaching was certainly an early consideration. However, all the bodies in the field adopted the same approach of defining ethics in terms of an external code to which members were subject. In this panel we will explore different approaches to the external code as a guide to practice and also ideas emerging from different cultural contexts to consider what an approach to ethics might include if founded in more diverse cultural contexts. 

David Lane is Director and co-founder of the Professional Development Foundation, which has for forty years pioneered work-based professional development. As well as contributing to research and the professional development of coaching Professor Lane has coached in a wide range of organisations including major consultancies, multinationals, and public sector and government bodies. He also pioneered the international development of work based masters and doctorate degrees for experienced coaches in South Africa, New York and London. He has published widely on coaching. He co-created the International Centre for the Study of Coaching at Middlesex. Publishing widely in coaching – education – counselling and management he has also developed the field of supervision within professional bodies.

Dumisani Magadlela is an executive coach, team coach, coach trainer, leadership development facilitator, organizational ‘people whisperer’, and Ubuntu skills development practitioner. He is based Johannesburg, South Africa, and works globally. Dumi serves on the Board of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Foundation as a Trustee. He co-founded the Ubuntu Coaching Foundation (UCF) at The Coaching Centre (TCC) in South Africa. Dumi has been part of Senior Faculty at The Coaching Centre for over twelve (12) years, delivering a module on “Coaching in the African Context”. Dumi is part-time faculty at the University of Stellenbosch Business School’s MPhil in Management Coaching programme, where he teaches a module on “Ubuntu Team Coaching”. Dumi currently works as part of the international faculty at the WBECS’ Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI), co-designing team coaching programmes and facilitating team-coaching labs. He is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) as a Senior Practitioner in Team Coaching. Dumi lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and works globally. Dumi’s work is informed by systems thinking, gestalt, emotional intelligence, Ubuntu and integral approaches, among others. Dumi is a regularly featured speaker on coaching, leadership, and people development.

Ivan Yong is an organizational psychologist, angel investor, sales coach and mentor. He is a frequent speaker on startup culture, disruptive innovation for corporate organization and sales strategy for growth. Ivan is passionate about social justice for his pro bono work, initiated various global social responsibility programs with the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and is an official mentor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the past 10 years. Last but not least, he authored the book, “Department of Startup : Why Every Fortune 500 Should Have One’, a holistic approach to the inception of a culture of innovation within corporates.

Michael Cavanagh

Michael is an internationally recognized academic, practitioner and consultant in the fields of leadership and coaching psychology. Michael’s work focuses on preparing leaders, teams and coaches to work effectively and sustainably in complex settings. In his academic work he is the Deputy Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney (Australia) and Visiting Professor at Middlesex University (UK). He has coached leaders and managers at all levels from a diverse range of public and private, national and multinational organizations, both in Australia and internationally. Along with numerous publications in the peer reviewed press, Michael is the principal author of the Standards Australia Handbook of Organisational Coaching.

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