When I began coaching many years ago, it was a relatively new field, and a fairly standard arrangement was to charge a certain fee per month for a certain amount of contact time. There were no overall time frames for the duration of the coaching process, and no specific outcomes were defined. While many corporate coaching engagements had more accountability than this implies, that was (and still is, in some circles) a common arrangement.
This approach poses two major problems. First, not having a specified duration for coaching means that it is up to the client to essentially “fire” someone she has come to trust and rely on. This puts in place a problematic mutual dependency, ...

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