Protect Yourself Legally

Legal Issues in working with organizations | taught by Ann Kruse

Course description

What's a contract? It's more than just a legal document. It’s how you create your alliance with your other client – the organization hiring and paying you. When it comes to creating this alliance, coaches make three mistake:

  • They leave it up to their lawyer (who doesn’t understand coaching)
  • They use a contract created for a colleague (whose business model may be very different from yours)
  • They simply accept the contract presented by the organization.

Don’t make these mistakes! Be in control of your business and of the important relationship you are building with the organization. 

“Protect Yourself Legally” will give you a thorough understanding of all the standard provisions you will find in a corporate services contract. We will walk step by step through each paragraph. This course will take you inside the corporate lawyer’s mind, so you understand what they are thinking. It will also help you minimize your liability.


The result? You will feel confident in negotiating a mutually beneficial contract that best supports your work with your coachee and protects your business.

By the end of this course, you will understand

  • When it’s OK to negotiate a corporate contract.
  • The 8 ways you can protect yourself from liability – and the one big fallacy to be aware of.
  • Best practices for dealing with sensitive confidentiality issues.
  • The contract provisions you want to have – and the ones to avoid.
  • The one way a corporate coach can end up in jail – and how to avoid it.

And you will have four templates written in easy-to-understand language, not Legalese, that you can take to your own lawyer for a final review and customization to meet your own unique needs.

“Protect Yourself Legallywill benefit any coach, even a very experienced Executive Coach, who wants a better understanding of legal issues they might face in working with corporations and other organizations. Professionals in related fields, such as consulting and training, will also benefit from this course.

The instructor, Ann Kruse, JD, MSOD, CPCC, ACC, is an experienced business lawyer, organizational consultant and executive coach. She has worked on the corporate side, contracting with external coaches and consultants. She has created this course to focus on the specific legal issues coaches face in working with organizations as clients. 

As a lawyer, Ann feels compelled to add some “small print” (she can’t help herself) to help you decide if this is the right course for you:

  • This course provides general information and education about common legal issues. It does not provide legal advice. Each participant should consult their own legal advisor about their own specific situation.
  • The course is based on the laws and business practices of the United States, and specifically the State of Washington. Laws differ from country to country and state to state.
  • Every person who owns and runs a business faces a variety of legal issues. This course is not designed to address all these issues, only the typical issues that arise when coaching leaders in organizations. As just a few examples, this course does not cover employment issues, intellectual property, or business structures.  

Your investment in this course is an investment in your business success and it will pay off when the time you spend with your lawyer is more focused and productive.

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About the Photo:

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Here's what participants have already said about courses in this program

"Thank you for offering that wonderful session. I am a life and wellness coach, and so the world of executive coaching is foreign to me. I appreciated your breaking it down and in particular grounding it in the ICF Code of Ethics. I feel grateful for your generosity in sharing your experience."

"This was my first foray into corporate coaching. It was thorough, thought provoking and filled with expertise based on experience. I can not say that I'm ready to go 'corporate' but this helped me understand the structure, expectations and demands of it."

"Very well prepared and structured content, coming from a rich practical experience, presented in an excellent manner. It was a treat! Thank you!"

"I finally understand where I fit as a coach in an organization. It allows me to have a much more focused conversation with the parties."

"Thank you very much for sharing your expertise and experience in this area. I very much appreciated the webinar."

"Thank you so much for the detailed presentation. You covered many topics that are very helpful for me, and I am sure for many other coaches, beginners or not."

"Thank you for this material. It is AMAZING."

"This teleclass has incredible values: clear to the point, great example, perfect length. I have to say this is one of the most useful recordings I have listened to so far."

"That was one of the best virtual classes I’ve ever attended. Almost every webinar I attend does the same pet peeve. They don’t get to anything useful until waaaaay into the session. For example, for a one hour class I expect them to chit chat with non-useful stuff for at least 15 minutes. You did not do that! You gave instant value, along with a resource for more info. You were succinct. You painted pictures of potential clients, their problems, and how to solve them. You asked questions that captured my interest. And then you gave me a tangible solution. Bless you."

"Excellent, excellent, excellent job."

"I’ve attended a lot of teleclasses. This has been the most useful and productive of all."

"Well prepared, with good insights!"

Ann Kruse
Ann Kruse
Founder and Head Guide

I’m Ann Kruse. I've been advising and coaching leaders for over 30 years, as a professional coach, an organization development consultant, a human resources manager, and a lawyer.

I have worked inside several companies in a variety of industries (technology, law, health care, telecomm), as well as a large government agency. I have founded and managed three separate independent professional practices (as a lawyer, as a team development consultant and as an Executive Coach). I've also been responsible for selecting external executive coaches for a leadership development program in an organization.

One thing that excites me is working with people like you, who are constantly learning and upping your game. I have recently noticed a surging interest among coaches from a variety of coaching specialties who want to venture into leadership coaching. This matches a growing need in organizations for help in developing their leadership bench strength as baby boomers retire. To help you as you enter this market, I would like to share some of what I have learned with you.

Please check out the course list to see which ones fit your needs.