The orientation session is best concluded with an agreement between coach and coachee that summarises the discoveries and decisions made. The agreement will confirm the coachee’s commitment to continue with the process. The agreement can take a variety of forms, depending on the complexity of the coaching required and the level of commitment by the participants.
When two people don’t feel the need to discuss or record their intentions, it is called an implicit agreement. This means the coach and coachee have an understanding. There will be times when misunderstandings occur and this can jeopardise the success of coaching.
An agreement can be made verbally through discussion. Verbal agreements are convenient but are not normally as comprehensive as the depth of discussion required to formulate a written agreement.
A written agreement is the most formal and time consuming but also the most effective form of agreement. It encourages both parties to give more thought to the arrangement and as a result the agreement is more comprehensive. This means both parties are more likely to have a better understanding of what each person is expecting.
Identify which form of agreement these coaching partners used.
Activity: Types of coaching agreements