What Is It For?
- This is executive coaching to help leadership and project groups become real teams and stick together through tough times – thus achieving much higher performance together.
- It can enable a new group working on a critical assignment to become a team fast enough to meet its goals and deadlines… or instead it can be used to help an established team get through a “sticky” period.
Who Is It For?
- The senior management group (CEO plus directors).
- Newly formed management teams.
- Teams formed to take on critical projects – often involving organisational change.
A Key Consideration
- Although teams are (rightly) highly regarded you don’t always have to become a team.
- So in considering team coaching, one of the first things to decide is whether your group needs and wants to become a real team or instead become just a more effective working group. This is especially important to top teams. Click here for definitions of a real team and a working group.
- This is something that’s worth discussing with an executive coach before you start.
- Heightened performance – to a level beyond the sum of the individual members’ contributions – and a greater sense of unity.
- More rapid, more effective organisational change.
- A clear understanding of what it takes to be an effective team and, crucially, how to stay that way.
How Do I Recognise a Need for Team Coaching?
The overriding question is always: will we hold back our performance if we don’t change our way of working… and can we achieve that change on our own? Here are some common scenarios:
- Transition from leadership by a sole entrepreneur to leadership by a team.
- Arrival of a new leader.
- A new team facing a project that’s strategically vital or time-critical.
- A working group needing to become a team because the organisation’s goals demand a different way of working.
- The leader knows performance is not good enough and senses something’s not right in the team. For example:
- there’s a lack of trust in the room
- there are over-dominant individuals
- meetings are repeatedly unproductive
- key individuals aren’t fully engaged in the discussions
- in meetings, people agree to act on a decision, but execution is poor… or doesn’t happen
- there are low levels of creativity when facing difficult problems
- there are hidden (conflicting) agendas
Why Use A Coach?
- It’s hard to be in the team while trying to facilitate major change in its atmosphere and performance – that’s why top football teams employ a coach. The idea is to let someone you trust guide the group through the process of becoming and staying team for a while (usually up to six months), leaving you to be in the team, either as leader or member.
- To learn and apply the key principles together while working with live issues – where the gains in understanding and changes in beliefs and behaviours are most likely to endure… and get results.
- To ensure everyone understands what it takes to be a successful team and how to stay that way after the coaching has finished.