The Scouller Partnership

Team Coaching

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.

Benefits

  • 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.

Next Steps

Contact us telephone: +44 (0) 1525 718023 email: tellmemore@thescoullerpartnership.co.uk