The International Coach Federation defines team coaching as:
“Partnering in a co-creative and reflective process with a team and its dynamics and relationships in a way that inspires them to maximize their abilities and potential in order to reach their common purpose and shared goals”.
“I have had Julie working as a Coach with my senior management team over the past nine months during a time of significant change… Julie has been instrumental in maintaining and increasing the performance of the individuals and the team.”
[Executive Director, Australian University]
What is team coaching?
Team development can involve many modalities, including: team coaching, team building, team training, team consulting, team mentoring, and team facilitation.
In Team Coaching, the client is the team as a single entity. A team is made up of individual team members and each one must be heard and play an integral role in team discussions.
Why invest in team coaching?
Do you lead a team who are not performing as well as they could be? Perhaps your team is well-established, but there are attitudes or behaviours within the team that are impacting negatively on the team dynamics. Or maybe you’re leading a new project group and you need to get them working together quickly.
Team coaching empowers the team to take charge of their own development and to collectively manage: Team performance; Team goals; Focus of activity; Decision making; and Communication.
The team attends regular team meetings, but team coaching may also involve some individual coaching of the team leader and other team members, with a focus on how each team member can develop their contribution to the team’s effectiveness.
What are the benefits of team coaching?
Some of the benefits of coaching to your organisation will include:
- Cultural repair and change – building positive individual and team behaviours.
- Building resilience – learning how to prioritise what matters most for now and for the long term: focusing on what matters to enhance individual and organizational resilience.
- Retaining valued staff – helping to build motivation and focus for valued staff.
- Developing leaders – working with the rising stars / future leaders who will be stretched to take on new challenges.
Contact me if you would like to discuss my approach to team coaching.
What makes a high performing team?
The research of Richard Hackman (What Makes for a Great Team, 2004) identified five conditions that increase the probability of team effectiveness. They are:
- Is the group a real team (or just a group?)
- Does the team have a compelling purpose?
- Does the team’s structure enable teamwork?
- Does the team’s social system support members to carry out their work?
- Is competent coaching available to help team members?
A team will never be high performing if they don’t have a clear & specific purpose, or if they don’t understand how to work together. Team coaching can be useful to create energy and impetus within the team, build the team’s capability, and improve the team’s capacity for the future.