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Coaching Ethics and Immunity to Change: A Response to Kjellström

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Author(s): David Zeitler

Journal: Integral Review
ISSN 1553-3069

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Business consulting | coaching ethics | coaching methods | developmental level | executive coaching | higher education | Immunity to Change

ABSTRACT
The Immunity to Change coaching process has risen in popularity since creators Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey published their second book using this method, Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential for Yourself and Your Organization (2009). Sofia Kjellström (2009) recently published an article taking a critical perspective on the ethics of using ITC in educational and vocational contexts. I argue herein that when used properly, the ITC process avoids most of the criticisms that Kjellström brings to bear on this issue. Furthermore, it is argued that private life and public life (Freud’s “love and work”) are already inextricably intertwined, and methods like ITC give employers and employees the tools needed to navigate what are often highly charged issues, that we might increase our quality of life and increase our efficiency. Finally, the article summarizes the relationship between Subject/Object Theory and ITC, while also addressing the issue of developmental transformations in the coaching process.
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