Change. Chapter 8. Ethics

The Thinker — by Auguste Rodin

Here there be dragons

Building our ethical stance from the consciousness that is required to solve the problems the ethics relate to

  • Presenting only binary options
  • Overusing words like must, has to, needs to
  • No curiosity into what is happening
  • Assuming other people are either with you or against you
  • Creating a conflict situation when it is not required
  • Creating urgency when there is no need to rush

What are ethics?

A note on using ethics in complex systems

Ethical codes from others

Complexities of combining ethics from different sources

  • He needs the money to pay for his mortgage
  • He wants to adhere to the ICF code of ethics that state “Explain and ensure that, prior to or at the initial meeting, my coaching client(s) and Sponsor(s) understand the nature and potential value of coaching, the nature and limits of confidentiality, financial arrangements, and any other terms of the coaching agreement.” but he is unable to do this.
  • He does not believe in installing frameworks because he believes at the heart of agility is people and not process.
  • He feels he will be violating the team’s privacy and confidentiality if he reports on their meetings.

Being precise and positive

David has an ethical choice to make

Making sense of Systems within systems with a Relationship Map

David’s Ethical Relationship Map

AWA Relationship Map for sense-making in complex systems

A more complex map to learn the technique

AWA Relationship Map for sense-making in complex systems
AWA Relationship Map for sense-making in complex systems

Creating your ethical code

Navigating by feeling what is right

Existing ethical codes

Starting your own ethical code

My ethical code

  • Each day do some kind of reflection in the aid of self-growth
  • Each day connect to source internally to elevate my own consciousness vibration
  • Before judging be grateful and curious
  • Ask, ‘which me is my truth coming from’?
  • Speak kindly and fairly whilst making my boundaries clear
  • Balance my recency bias with appreciative journey lines
  • Value relationships over money
  • Collaboration over competition
  • Be friendly and keep the company of those I wish to be like
  • Seek the best help from the very best at what they do
  • Be the best at what I do and never relax quality for more money
  • At each strategy change, ask the question ‘are we making a difference?’
  • Reward loyalty
  • Do not suffer fools and those who actively seek to reduce our impact in the world. Focus on making our offering better and not on them
  • Be equal
  • Start with a coaching approach
  • Always work within an alliance
  • Do not coach an organisation unless the leaders are being coached
  • Operate in my day to day how I would want the organisations culture to be
  • When people are angry, confused, annoyed; remember it is their edge that is being crossed not mine. This is the work of change and not a distraction.

The power of ethics




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