Contracting – Building Better Agreements for Better Results

Course 4 in 3 Modules

Course 4 – Modules 1, 2 and 3

Contracting – Building Better Agreements for Better Results

Misunderstandings, all too often, get in the way of effective leadership and can lead to irreparable damage.

They are also the number one reason why teams are ineffective. However, misunderstandings are completely avoidable.

In this course, you’ll learn how to develop explicit agreements, also known as contracting, that clarify expectations, avoid upsets and establish accountability. Plus, you’ll learn the art of negotiating the three most important areas to avoiding misunderstandings.

A Black business man and a white, business woman shaking hands in agreement

Creating Powerful Support Systems in Two Modules

Module 1

Creating Agreements that Make an Impact

People often agree with little or no thought about keepiing the agreement. They say “okay” to avoid a conflict, then don’t follow through. Many leaders take silence as consent; when it means the exact opposite. This module you will see how to create explict agreements that get you where you want to go.

Module 2

Contracting for Effective Relationships

We rarely are explicit about the behaviors that are important to having and maintaining healthy and influential relationships. This module will discuss create agreements that support the listening, feedback, and straight talk that leaders need to succeed.

Module 3

Contracting for Ego Management 

Egos have derailed may a leader–the egos of others as well as their own. We will discuss the importance of managing ego and explore making agreements for the support we need to manage our egos, rather than our egos managing us.

Let’s get going!

Module 1, Creating Agreements for Impact

Module One Introduction

Welcome to the Creating Agreements for Impact, module one of the Building Agreements for Success course!

Feel free to read the attached PDFs either before or after watching the videos. The PDFs recap and supplements the important points of the videos.

At the end of the second video is a short quiz to help you retain what you’ve learned.

It has four steps:

  1. An interesting article that highlights creating agreements for success
  2. A video discussing contracting so that intentions better meet expectations
  3. A video with an exercise demonstrating building agreements for impact with discussion of what works and what doesn’t
  4. A short quiz designed to help you retain what you’ve learned

Step 1: Concepts & Examples Video

Step 2: An article — You Can't Do it Alone and You Don't Have to

Click to read the article, Contracting for Impact 2

Step 3: Exercise & Discussion Video

Click the link for the instructions for the exercise in the video Module 1 Exercise

Step 4: Module 1 Quiz

Quiz for Module 1 Contracting

1 / 3

Silence is consent ...

2 / 3

Explicit agreements about goals ...

3 / 3

Explicit agreements...

Your score is

What's next?

We hope you enjoyed Creating Agreements for Impact, the first module of the Building Agreements for Success course. Up next is the second module, Contracting for Effective Relationships.

Contracting for goals, strategies, and roles is a great start. However, your relationships with the people you want to follow you must be strong if those goals and strategies are to succeed! This is an area where most of us do not do very well.

If you have any questions about this module, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Broom at michael@chumans.com

Module 2, Contracting for Effective Relationships

Module Two Introduction

Welcome to Contracting for Effective Relationships, the second module of this course.

It has four steps:

  1. A video explaining  how to contract for effective relationship
  2. An article for your reading pleasure
  3. A video with an exercise for you
  4. A quiz to help you remember what you have learned

Enjoy!

Step 1: Contracting for Effective Relationships Video

Step 3: Exercise and Discussion Video

Step 4: Module 2 Quiz

Quiz for Module 2 Contracting

1 / 3

We tend to not bother to contract for relationship management because ... 

2 / 3

Which is NOT useful to maintaining high quality relationships?

3 / 3

Maintaining high quality relationships is ...

Your score is

What's Next?

We hope you enjoyed Contracting for Effective Relationships, the second module of the Building Agreements for Success course. Up next is the third module, Contracting for Ego Management.

If you have any questions about this module, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Broom at michael@chumans.com.

We’ve contracted well for our impact and for effective relationships. The only thing in your way now to being a fine leader is your own ego! Like relationship management this is an area where most of us do not do well at all.

It’s ready to go!

Module 3, Contracting for Ego Management

Module Three Introduction

Welcome to Contracting for Ego Management, the third module of this course.

It has four steps:

  1. A video explaining  the importance of contracting for ego management
  2. An article for your reading pleasure
  3. A video with an exercise for you
  4. A quiz to help you remember what you have learned

Enjoy!

Step 1: Contracting for Ego Management Video

Step 2: An Article

Step 3: Exercise and Discussion Video

Step 4: Module 3 Quiz

Quiz for Module 3 Contracting

1 / 4

A healthy ego ...

2 / 4

Maintaining good ego-management requires ...

3 / 4

What do big egos and needy egos have in common?

4 / 4

Your ego is ... 

Your score is

What's Next?

We hope you enjoyed Contracting for Ego Management. It is the third and final module of the Building Agreements for Success course and its previous modules Creating Agreements to for Impact and Contracting for Effective Relationships. With practice the three will set you up beautifully to become a stronger and wiser leader.

If you have any questions about this module, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Broom at michael@chumans.com

Next is the course Sound & Current Data vs Beliefs & Assumptions. We automatically presuppose that our assumptions, interpretations, beliefs, and judgements are correct. And, they often are. However, when they are not, off-target decisions and other unnecessary problems can result and disrupt your leadership. You will learn to be curious—the antidote to assumptions and the foundation of good decision-making.

Sound & Current Data vs Beliefs & Assumptions is a not-to-miss course that will save you lots of headaches!

It’s ready to go!

Well done!

You Are Achieving Excellence in Leadership!

The next course Sound and Current Data for Sound Decisions & Less Conflict covers in a single module  that you will find immediately useful to get eliminate many of difficulties that can makeworking with human systems a proble.