Keep it confidential! (Part 1 on ethical coaching) (Podcast #54)
Maik Frank

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Today’s episode is the first in a small series of about the ethical challenges a coach might face. We anchor the episode in a scenario that is not as unlikely as you think: you coach someone in your organisation on a voluntary basis and at some point, the client’s boss and/or HR shows up, asking for a status and progress about the coaching and whether the coachee has improved. What will you do in this case?

As you can already tell, this episode focuses on the ethical challenges around confidentiality. We explore some facets of it and share a few thoughts around the use case and what could have been done to prevent such a dilemma in the first place.

Resources mentioned in the episode

ICF Coaching Code of Ethics

ICF Standard Coaching Contract that also includes clauses on confidentiality
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A few words about Maik

Maik is on a mission to give world-class coaching skills to every People Leader. He is a seasoned PCC Executive Coach, experienced online/offline Program Facilitator and founder of, based in Singapore. He has a background in technology and governance and over 15 years of work experience in the mining, tech and coaching industry as a Specialist, People Leader and Coach. Maik has coached and trained more than 400 People Leaders to level up their communication impact and become more coach-like with their stakeholders. Why? The ability to help others without giving advice right away is still rare to be found. However, it is key to (1) building self-reliant, empowered teams and to (2) sustaining trusting and fast relationships with stakeholders in general.

Maik stands out by offering guaranteed measurable growth to his clients. He speeds up his their progress with an exciting mix of self-discovery, laser-sharp mental models, relevant skill practice and creative use of online technology. Maik also hosts the Coaching Leader Podcast (search for Intellicoach) to give Leaders anywhere in the world easy access to simple yet powerful coaching tools.

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