What is team coaching?
There is a difference between a group and a team, and not every group needs to be a team. However, if you need to be a team – if you are expected to deliver more value together than you would do as a group of individuals – you need to work on it and you may need some help. Hint: a basket is so much more than a bundle of different coloured reeds. It takes skill, patience, and time to turn the individual reeds into something amazing that serves a purpose.
Team coaching helps teams – and entire organisations – achieve transformational change even more effectively and quickly than individual coaching. This is because members of a senior team are usually leaders of other teams. They will pass on the skills, technique, and processes they are developing – creating breathtaking leverage.
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Team coaching - the video
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Team coaching - the three key steps
Step one: enquiry
What’s in there?
Every team is a complex system of relationships both within the team and between the team and the stakeholders.
But what purpose does that system serve? Who are the stakeholders? What can the members achieve as a team, and only as a team, that they cannot do as a collective of individuals? Do they really need to be a team?
In the enquiry phase we find out how aligned the team is. What the strengths and blindspots are. Where there are gaps. Whether there is more the team can do: more value to stakeholders, greater impact on the organisation, a better experience for all.
Step two: planning
What do we do next?
Make no mistake, as your coach, I never get on the pitch. However, I am a great listener, fantastic at helping you see the way forward, and can deliver a GREAT locker room pep talk.
No team is alike. Some need to work on their communication either internally or externally. Others have a hard time making decisions, or clarifying roles and responsibilities to make them stick. Still others are stuck in their silos, making cross functional initiatives difficult to get off the ground.
Where you are is where you are and I will meet you where you are at.
Step three: the dance
All exceptional teams have: a clear mandate, a shared understanding of what the team is there to do, relationships that enable team members to achieve more through joint endeavour than they could as individuals, the ability to engage effectively with stakeholders outside the team, and opportunities for team members and the team itself to learn and grow.
It’s a tall order.
During team coaching we will work in all of those areas, moving from one to the other and back again – like a dance. The process helps teams and team members to learn – and pass on their learning to others. It enables them rapidly to deliver on the corporate strategy change and exceptional value to stakeholders.