J Bennett International Journal of Coaching in Organizations 2008
Every coaching conversation and engagement includes a contract or agreement involving at minimum a coach and client. It may also include additional stakeholders, like peers, direct reports, and customers. The contract may be formal or informal, implicit or explicit. When coaching in an organizational setting, multiple, interconnected contracting relationships often exist. The contract is an important and essential element of the coaching relationship requiring intentional thought and action. In this article, these relationships are explored and 15 essential elements of contracts are defined.