When working with corporate clients contracting and particularly the challenge of confidentiality is of utmost importance. However, when starting out on your coaching career it might be easy to slip on these, or simply forget to mention them in the original pre-coaching meeting!
One word of advice from us though. Don't!
Setting clear boundaries in relation to confidentiality is critical not only from an ethical point of view but also because if it's not done properly it can really limit or even damage the coaching relationship. Prior to the start of any corporate coaching programme, you as the coach, need to ensure that a meeting with the parties involved in the process is conducted. Typically this would be the person being coached, the sponsor financing the coaching (usually HR or L&D) and also the line manager of the coachee.
What should this three-way conversation include?
Although these are just pointers to help you out with your meeting there is a lot more work that you could cover. Of course reinforcing that coaching is not mentoring is also key, however this should hopefully have been addressed at a prior stage.
Joseph Grech, Chartered FCIPD and ICF-accredited coach is the founder of Smarter Learning Ltd. and an experienced L&D professional.