“Can you be trusted?”

This is one of the major questions that we ask consciously and unconsciously everyday of our lives. 

When I buy a product, entering a public transport, or meeting a new person, I am asking myself if I can trust the product to do the job that I got it for.

I am consciously trying to trust the driver or pilot of the transportation I am taking to drive safely and the new friend I am meeting to be intelligent and committed to growing our friendship.

Over the years, people have violated the trust that we have shared with them. To make things seamless and get better productivity, it makes great sense to establish a process of will bind two or more people to respect the rights and responsibility of engagement.

When expectation, roles, consequences and rewards of engaging with another person – employee, employer, husband and wife, political leaders and citizens, partnerships –  are defined, it makes it easy to follow through  or fall out of such engagements.

This is the same in the Coaching – between the Coachee and Coach. Coaching is a profession and it is important to have a coaching agreement in that coaching engagement.

It is ideal to capture in the coaching agreement the following things;

-the coaching duration,

-the terms and condition,

-the goals and objective of the coaching,

-the fees and payment,

-the expected outcomes,

-the timing to meet and other logistics,

-termination the confidentiality clause,

-coaching etiquettes,

-agreement statement,

-missed session charges and so on.

Sometimes, there is a third-party (witness) to contracts, but there are situation where the Coaching is 1-2-1 and you only have to sign the agreement with your Coachee.

My takeaway from this session is that it is better to have the agreement side of things sorted in almost all areas of your life, that to allow things to just come as they want.

Yes, there is a need for flexibility and creativity around agreements, nonetheless, it helps to measure and track progress over the time of engagement.