Why Team Coaching?
Working in teams is more and more critical. Companies often respond to the need of more agility by creating specific cross-functional teams to work on short term projects.
In some industries, like consulting and services companies, being part of multiple, rapidly changing teams is the norm.
People change jobs more often during their career, and are expected to immediately be up to speed. There is not much time in our fast-paced society to slowly discover one another and empirically find the best way to collaborate.
Simply putting people together does not create a high-performance team.
Team coaching improves cohesion and collaboration, and allows for more effective allocation of responsibilities and tasks.
What does it look like?
To be effective, team coaching should be a positive, inclusive and fun process. Using a strength-based approach instils the right mindset and helps achieve the objectives.
The Gallup CliftonStrength assessment provides a useful framework. It allows all team members to uncover their talents prior to the team discussion. If your company is using other personality or talent assessment tools, we can see together if they can be used as a starting point.
The approach is tailored to the specific situation of the team and the coaching objectives. A few components are always present:
- Interaction with the team lead to define the objectives of the team coaching, set the context, and organise logistics.
- Individual coaching discussions with the different team members prior to the group session. This helps each person understand his/her results from the talent assessment, so they can be comfortable sharing with the group.
- One or more team sessions. These are fun, dynamic, collaborative, action driven and help the team achieve their objectives.
- Feedback session with the team lead to summarise the learnings and outcomes, for the coach to share observations, and to discuss how to keep the momentum with the team after the coaching journey
Specific attention will be given to the inclusion of all team members into the process. During the individual sessions, each individual decides how deep they want to go. During the team session, all members are encouraged to open up and participate actively. We always respect their preferences and will never force someone to share beyond what they are comfortable with.
Individual sessions can take place face to face or via teleconference or phone. Team sessions are always face to face.
Team Strength Coaching
Team coaching based on strengths is a perfect approach for small to medium size teams looking to reinforce bonds, improve collaboration and better allocate tasks.
The journey starts individually. Each member takes the strengths assessment and debrief personally with the coach. This creates a positive awareness about own talents. That conversation is also the occasion to share insights on the team context, and optionally reflect on personal challenges.
Based on the input from all members and strategic directions provided by the team lead, the team session(s) are moments of dynamic exchanges and action driven reflections.
In the follow-up interactions with the individual team members and the team lead, the focus is on new insights and execution of defined actions.
Depending on the objectives of the team and the support needed, several continued coaching approaches can be suggested. This ranges from quarterly team coaching, to monthly follow ups with the team lead or selected members
Contact me to discuss your specific needs and design a tailored coaching journey.