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How did I end up here? More on Team coaching

How might your team benefit from team coaching?

How might your team benefit from team coaching?

It’s a funny old thing, this being in a new line of work. (Although nearly four years have passed since my physiotherapy days came to an end).

Sometimes I catch myself on thinking, how did I end up here?

What do I have to offer?

What right do I have to think anyone will want my services or believe that I am any good at this?

But what struck me forcibly during a recent team coaching session was that many of the skills and strengths I am using as a life coach have been honed and developed and grown over years as a physio.

It now surprises me that this surprises me!

Along with many physios, I have much experience working with groups and teams, have done a lot of teaching and communicating, and am motivated by encouraging others to take personal responsibility for their own situation and effect their own positive change.

Even so, it is still hugely reassuring and encouraging – and a lot of fun – to get to use skills and experience from one part of my life in another. Nothing is wasted – change is an opportunity to see what is worth keeping and what was only for that time. To be rooted in who we know ourselves to be, and what we know to be important and not tied to a specific role that we believe defines our identity.

Internal confidence, not external security.

And so too with teams. Such energy and drive come from a team reaching a shared passion and purpose, and then creating their own priorities and crafting their own actions. I facilitate, direct proceedings, shake things up a bit, bringing things back on track when required….using the persistence, strategy, juggling multiple things at once learned in my previous career.

The other thing that strikes me is that there is very little that is new under the sun. I have crafted team sessions using a lot of material from various sources. I attended a webinar by Nick Wright that gave me the initial model for the structure. I have been inspired by reading both The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by the late Stephen Covey, and Start with Why, by Simon Sinek. His TED talk of the same name is a great summary of this oh-so-sensible teaching and perspective.

And I have taken it all, stirred it around, used the bits that fit and added a lot of ideas of my own. Most importantly, are the elements and priorities that the team themselves come up with.

How does Team Coaching work?

The session itself is a combination of things. I do some talking, with a little theory depending on the needs and expectations of the team. I try not to do too much of that – the session is about you not me. I do ask lots of questions that are answered in different ways with different approaches depending on those present. Many post-it notes and writing on bits of paper is involved. And there are some practical exercises that could almost be considered to be games, but in a non-cheesy way. The energy grows as the session progresses, and individuals get the hang of what is going on, and that – hopefully – it is neither ‘boring or samey’.

So, if you work as part of a small team, ask yourself:

How would your team benefit from:

  • having some time to step back together in a bonding and encouraging sort of way (team song and hug not part of the process!)
  • think together about your vision and purpose
  • gain clarity on key priorities and goals
  • consider what the strengths are of the team and it’s individual members, and your training and development needs
  • look at communication and how to improve it
  • have time together to deal with whatever specific issues are pertinent to YOUR team
  • collectively come up with lots of action points to implement immediately.

If this is something that your team would benefit from get in touch to find out more. You can also find out more here, and feedback from some recent teams I have worked with.

Email me on catriona@equipforlifecoaching.com

or phone me on 07713 974138

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.

 

Why would I need Life Coaching? Part 2

Here are a few more pointers and areas in which life coaching can make a life changing difference –

What can life coaching do for me?Stuck? Going through transition and no idea what to do next?

Coaching can help you assemble the jigsaw pieces of your skills, strengths, values, life experience and motivators to get a clearer picture of what is next and where you want to go, and action steps to get there.

 

 

 

 

 

Confidence in your boots? Tired listening to the negative talk inside your head, but feeling trapped and unsure of how to break free?

Coaching can help you identify the roots of the negative self talk, grow in self belief and self acceptance, and become free to be the real, wonderful you!

 

 

In a relationship that is – well, ok, but not great….stagnant and functional and not what you thought it would be?

Coaching can help you identify patterns of thinking and behaviour and change them for the better, create shared values and priorities for your relationship, and build a more fulfilling and rewarding relationship. 

 

 

 

 

Had your eyes opened a little? Thinking, wow, that would make such a difference to my life, and I’d love to find out more?

Well – look no further!

Find out more right here about how to book your free taster session and explore further what life coaching can do for you.

Why would I need Life Coaching? Part 1

Why would I need life coaching? What would I get out of it? What kinds of things does a life coach deal with?

All good, valid and important questions. And this week and next sees a little summary of some of those issues – 

Too busy? Always rushing, living a to-do list, overwhelmed and feeling like you only are only able to react to events that life throws at you?

Coaching can enable you to regain control of your life, time, and make good choices that enable you to live proactively and with greater freedom.

 

 

 

 

Feeling a bit trampled on and taken for granted, and that your needs never get a look in? A bit run ragged by expectations and demands on you, and no breathing space to stop and make changes?

Coaching can help you build good, healthy boundaries around what is most important to you.

What can life coaching do for me?

Self employed and working all the hours under the sun, feeling a bit swamped and out of balance?

Coaching can help you create a vision statement for your business to bring clarity and focus, set up systems to manage time and energy that work for you, and be empowered to invest in yourself.

 

 

 

 

Maybe one or more of these issues strikes a chord, and you think: that’s me. I’d like to find out more about that.

Then get in touch for your free taster session, and we can explore together how life coaching might transform your life.

Happy New Year!

Happy New YearSo, here it is – 2017 in all it’s glory. And this is to wish you a very happy new year, whatever the year has in store for you.

May you know peace in your dealings with others,

enjoyment of the little things in the moment

understanding of what is most important to you

fulfilment in work, be it paid or unpaid

and time to stop…and just be.

Happy New Year!

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