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Introducing Team Coaching

Team coaching - what could your team achieve?

Team coaching – what could your team achieve?

I love how honest people are. I asked recently for some feedback and the folk in question, well….. they gave me some feedback. A couple of comments made me laugh out loud, and I so appreciated their candour and freedom to be that brutally honest. More in a mo, but let me fill in some back story first.

Team coaching.

About the most fun I have had with a group of people since I started this new venture of mine. Working with people who are committed to and passionate about what they are doing, and who are seeking to improve and grow in their effectiveness is such a joy.

Dynamic… inspiring… tons of creative energy… stimulating… mentally stretching.

And most definitely keeping me on my toes as I try to mentally marshal the comments, responses and views of up to 15 people all at once into some kind of coherent summary that will be of use to them as a team.

What is team coaching, I hear you ask? This is a good and valid question, and quite hard to answer in advance of the session, as the recent teams I have worked with can testify:

Usually these things are boring and samey. This was much better – it felt like five friends having coffee.” Martin, Just Trading Scotland.

More than met my expectations as I didn’t know what I was coming to.” Sharon, SSPCA Vet Dept.

The session was better than expected – I was dreading this but found it very useful and positive.” Laura, SSPCA Vet Dept.

I love that what I offer with team coaching is neither ‘boring and samey’ nor something that is potentially dread-filled. These were the comments that made me smile – it was such a privilege to work with these folk and to get to know them and to see them flourish within the team coaching session. Each of them felt listened to, involved, and inspired to be a participant – as much by the team themselves as by me. I was mostly facilitating – the team members were doing all the work and coming up with all the ideas and solutions.

To try and explain how this works involves using the very simple model that is the framework for sessions that I run.

WHY are we doing what we are doing (what is our vision), WHAT therefore are our top priorities, HOW are we going to achieve them and WHO do we need to do what.

But from this starting point, I tailored the sessions to fit the needs and expectations of the teams, with exercises and practical work that allowed everyone to contribute in a proactive way that worked for the size of the team.

I am hugely indebted to Nick Wright, psychological coach, trainer and organisation development consultant for this model, which I use with his generous permission, along with a lot of other wise writings on his site.

For me, it always comes back to that central question – WHY are you doing what you are doing? For a team, having shared ownership of and commitment to this vision is key to success. Only then can WHAT the team do, and HOW they do it grow from that passion and motivation.

So – are you part of a small team? Interested in team coaching for your team? Find out more here, and more to come next week.

 

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