Once the facilitator is selected, the senior leader
and the facilitator should meet for the purpose of "negotiating a contract."
During this meeting, which should take about an hour, the leader and the
facilitator discuss such elements of strategic planning as the methodology
they will use, who the planning team members will be, what they expect to
accomplish, what the agenda will include, and what the ground rules will be.
It is helpful, though not necessary, to write down these decisions, but it is
important that they agree on a strategy.