Why are ethics so boring?

Robert Biswas-Diener & Carol Kauffman
Fireside Chat


Abstract:
If you chose to attend a conference on coaching ethics, you probably do not think the topic is boring. Be aware, however, that many coaches find the topic of ethics to be constricting, boring, and some even see them as irrelevant. These attitudes are common, natural, and potentially harmful. In this presentation, Drs. Carol Kauffman and Robert Biswas-Diener argue that professional ethics are in need of a more exciting re-branding. They begin with a simple definition of ethics and a list of common obstacles to falling in love with the topic. Using a fireside chat format, they will discuss the benefits of ethics, the process of ethical decision-making, contemporary themes in ethics, and real ethical dilemmas in coaching. Ultimately, they hope to reframe ethics as fascinating and indispensable. 

Robert Biswas-Diener is among the foremost authorities on positive psychology coaching. He conducts trainings on coaching, strengths, positivity, and courage with organizations and businesses around the world and through his own coaching school, Positive Acorn. Dr. Biswas-Diener has a passion for ethics in coaching. His master’s thesis addressed ethical conflicts in psychotherapy and he regularly trains coaches in ethical decision making. He is an ICF Professional Certified Coach and a Gallup certified strengths coach. Robert is the author of Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching, The Upside of Your Dark Side, and other books.

Carol Kauffman is known globally as one of the top leaders in the field of leadership coaching. Thinkers 50 shortlisted her as one of the top 8 coaches. Marshall Goldsmith ranked her as the #1 Leadership Coach. She’s also an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Visiting Professor at Henely Business School and a Sr. Leadership Advisor at Egon Zehnder. 

What matters most is helping leaders create the impact they want. When people are powerful no one tells them the truth, I hope to do that in a shame-free way and often laughter is involved. CarolKauffman.com/Knowledge Philanthropy.

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