WHAT IF I AM ENGAGING IN A COACHING CHAT, OR JUST BEING COACH-LIKE, DO I NEED TO DO A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT?
There are three main contexts for coaching in our day to day lives: formal coaching where two or more people schedule to sit down and have a regular coaching session; a coaching conversation that is a spontaneous and often quick chat; being coach-like with others as a behaviour and general way of life.
When you are engaged in a formal coaching session, a Partnership Agreement is non-negotiable. If you are having a chat with someone at break or over lunch, a Partnership Agreement is unnecessary. That being said, if you are genuinely curious regarding how best to support them, you can easily ask the person how best you can support them. If you are being coach-like, there is no need for a Partnership Agreement.
Remember, a Partnership Agreement can be used in other contexts including at the start of a meeting with colleagues or with a class of students.
HOW CAN I CREATE A REALLY SIMPLE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT?
A Partnership Agreement can be created informally and in as little as three questions. Ask the following:
- What do you need from me right now?
- How do you want us to interact with each other?
- What do you need or want in order to feel safe and comfortable to communicate openly?