Contract versus an Alliance

Definition of Contract

Noun: a written or spoken agreement, especially one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended to be enforceable by law. “He has just signed a contract keeping him with the club”. Synonyms for “Contract” Agreement, commitment, arrangement, settlement, undertaking, understanding, compact, covenant, pact, bond; bargain; 
treaty, convention, 
re-engagement; undertake, pledge, promise, covenant, commit oneself, engage; agree, enter into an agreement, reach an agreement, make a deal, negotiate a deal Source Some phrases often used

  • “A legally binding contract”
  • “The law of contract”
  • “The contract between the Bride and the Bridegroom”
  • The local authority will contract with a wide range of agencies to “provide services”

In common law of legal systems, a contract is an agreement having a lawful object entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, each of whom intends to create one or more legal obligations between them. The elements of a contract are “offer” and “acceptance” by “competent persons” having legal capacity who exchange “consideration” to create “mutuality of obligation.”[1] Proof of some or all of these elements may be done in writing, though contracts may be made entirely orally or through a contract. Source

Definition of Alliance

Noun: alliance; plural noun: alliances A union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations. “A defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand” Synonyms for “Alliance” Association, union, league, treaty, pact, compact, entente, concordat; bloc, confederation, federation, confederacy, coalition, consortium, combine, syndicate, affiliation, partnership; fraternity, brotherhood, sorority, team, ring, society, club, guild, group, organization “a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand” Source An alliance is a pact, coalition or friendship between two or more parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests. It is a Political agreement between countries to support each other in disputes with other countries. …. To cooperate on a substantial level.

Video: Contract vs Alliance & Design a Group Alliance 

Video: How to Design an Alliance (One on One)

Lesson Overview

Group Alliance Summary

There are two questions we need to ask when designing a group alliance:

  1. How do we want to “be” together?
  2. How do we want to be, “when things are difficult”?

Coaching Alliance Summary

The purpose of the alliance is to establish the coaching relationship with a good foundation of what will serve your clients. Important things to establish are trust, honesty, authenticity and basic rules of engagement.

Group/Team Alliance

Alliance Cheat Sheet

Coaching Agreement