Allison Fisher Limited Career & Life Coaching 

Philosophy

The International Coach Federation adheres to a form of coaching that honors the client as the expert in his/her personal and/or professional life and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

1. Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
2. Encourage client self-discovery
3. Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
4. Hold the client as responsible and accountable

Definition of Coaching

Professional Coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.

  1. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action.
  2. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice.
  3. Coaching concentrates on where clients are today and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be tomorrow.

Code of Ethics

As a member of the International Coaching Federation and as a Graduate of Coach For Life, Hartlife Coaching and Zenergy Coaching& Facilitation, Allison Fisher Limited subscribes to the following:

Our Intention

As professional coaches, we acknowledge and honour the ethical obligations to clients and associates.    The essence of coaching in this context is holding the space of absolute faith in the client and enabling change.

We are in service to clients using Coaching to awaken, engage and support them In living a fulfilling life.
We provide a framework where clients can choose how they want to be supported.
We create an environment of care and respect, where clients trust that they can
Who they are, speaking freely and where individual boundaries are honoured.
W euse compassion, integrity, wisdom, knowledge, skills and tools to honour the client and access their natural gifts, talents and life experiences.

Standing in this intention, we commit to meet the following ethical standards:

Consent

We uphold the principle of free and informed consent for clients in Coaching.  We seek the client’s conscious understanding of the coaching process and their commitment to participate.  Clients must be fully informed of what is meant by Coaching and must freely consent to participate.

Confidentiality

We maintain confidentiality in the coaching relationship.  Information shared within a coaching relationship remains confidential between the coach and the client (the coachee).  The only exception to this is in cases of self harm or harm to others.  When information gained from a coaching relationship is used for purposes such as Coaching courses and support processes, the coach shall protect the client’s identity.

Conflict of Interest

We openly acknowledge any potential conflict of interest.  Prior to agreeing to work with our clients, we discuss openly and honestly any possible conflict of interest, personal bias, prior knowledge or any other matter which may be perceived as preventing us from working effectively with the client.  We refrain from using our position to secure unfair or inappropriate privilege, gain, or benefit.

Contracting

We work closely with our clients to understand their expectations of coaching, their vision, and purpose in coming to coaching.  We make agreements to work together.  We capture this content in a coaching agreement.  Coaching agreements are to be considered professional information for use in coaching.  They are not the property of the organisation in which the client is employed.  We ensure that the client understands the terms of the coaching agreement between us.  We honour the agreements we make with clients.

Freedom of Choice

We respect the dignity and worth of every individual.  This implies respect for people’s right to make decisions that affect their lives.

The Principle of Not Doing Harm

We avoid anything that is likely to cause harm to the welfare, dignity or positive growth of the client.  We use processes, methods and tools responsibly.  We use processes that will achieve the client’s purpose in engaging in coaching.  We avoid using processes, methods or tools with which we are insufficiently skilled, or which are poorly matched to the needs of the client.

Referral

We refer clients if we cannot meet their needs.  It is the coach’s responsibility, as far as possible, to verify the competence and integrity of the person to whom they refer a client.

Discrimination

We recognize the dignity of the person and avoid discrimination against clients on the basis of their race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, social class, age or religious or political beliefs.

Abuse of Power

We do not abuse our position of taking advantage of clients for purposes of personal, professional, political, financial or sexual gain.  We are responsible for setting and monitoring the boundaries between a coaching relationship and for making such boundaries as clear as possible to the client.

Copyrights, Trademarks & Intellectual Property Rights

We acknowledge the work and contributions of others; respecting copyrights, trademarks and intellectual property rights.

Competence and Professional Development

We seek opportunities to improve our capability to better support people.  We commit to continuously learn and grow.

  • We do not claim competence which we do not possess.
  • We monitor our coaching work through regular supervision and peers.
  • We monitor and work within the limits of both our own competence and our own personal resources.
  • We seek ways of increasing our professional development.

Acknowledgements:

  • The Zone Transformational Coaching
  • International Coaching Federation Professional Coaches’ Guidelines
  • Code of Ethics, New Zealand Association of Counsellors