Confidentiality & Ethics
Confidentiality is the hallmark of our coaching. This is the bedrock upon which our coaching relationship stands. What we discuss within our coaching sessions remains with us. All information you provide is kept in strict confidence.
I uphold the ethical principles and standards of the coaching profession established by the International Coach Federation, the most stringent Standards of Ethical Conduct in the industry.
In those instances where the organization is underwriting the coaching investment, the sponsor, supervisor or HR representative of the person being coached (the client) may expect to receive regular updates or progress reports on the coaching.
At CEO Partnership, we build time into our coaching engagements for progress reports and review sessions if requested by the organization. These review sessions are designed as “three-ways” with the individual being coached present, as well as his/her sponsor or supervisor (or HR representative) and the executive coach.
Review sessions provide an opportunity for the supervisor or HR representative to inform the coach of the progress and changes the client is making, and make suggestions and set expectations for further development. These meetings are not designed or intended to provide a forum for the coach to feed back confidential information to the sponsor or supervisor. Even during these three-ways, specific information discussed between the coach and the client (the individual being coached) is held strictly confidential.
At no time will the coach release confidential information to anyone in the organization without the permission of the client, unless the coach, in her sole discretion, determines that information revealed during the course of the coaching relationship may lead to the client doing harm to him- or herself, to the organization, or to another individual, or if the action revealed is illegal in any way. In this instance, the coach has an obligation to bring the matter to the attention of appropriate individuals of authority within the organization.
“I chose to work with Laura because of her ability to maintain confidentiality in the corporate environment. She has a very high level of personal and professional integrity. I will end up referring her over and over again to peers and colleagues because of her integrity.”
– T. Taylor, VP Finance, large pharmaceutical company