For many coaches reading this blog, it's likely that you undertake both team coaching and group
Consider these examples - a coach is asked to coach and handful of
new leaders at an organization. They all come from different parts of
the business and don't report to each other. In fact, many of them are
just meeting each other for the first time.
Second, a team coach
is engaged to work with a group of professionals who are being brought
together to execute a special project. Over the next 2 months they are
expected to design and implement a new process.
So, which is which?
Example 1 - a group.
Example 2 - a team
What's the difference? When we are coaching a team there's a web of relationships, history and common purpose that we are stepping into. When we coach a group, it's likely that the group is starting to form.
A significant different as well is the type of entity and focus we bring to the conversation.
As a team there is, or aspirationally there is, is a shared purpose, mission and vision. They exist for a reason. Teams exist to produce results. The relationships and people which make up that body are central in creating the results they get even a remote team. The focus in team coaching is on supporting alignment across the team. It's about helping people see their connectivity and alignment together.
In group coaching in contrast, there may not be a significant amoutn of connection or even similarity in their work, their focus, yet, group members can benefit significantly from connecting with and exploring topics of similar interest together. Going back to the examples above, it can be very valuable to connect with other leaders in different parts of an organization, or even across an industury.
When coaching a team, it can be advantageous to explore the various factors which makes a team excel. From Hackman and Wageman -- check this publication, to Katzenhach and Smith, we know that there are several elements which help make a team excel. From clear roles and goals, to a shared vision, and regular practices like team meetings, to everyone understanding what success looks like and how they are measured. These become even more pronounced in the remote and virtual space. For more on this check out the new Remote Pathways Podcast I co-host. We are just at Episode 5 and delve into the different people, places and pathways to remote work. You may also want to check out the Expanding Your Group and Team Coaching Toolkit post I wrote a few months ago on Team Effectiveness
Consider how you might leave space for a team to explore where they are along each of these areas.
For a more detailed look at the difference between group and team coaching, please check out thees articles I have written in the last few years for choice Magazine.
Here's a link to "Group and Team Coaching - The Landscape of Many" as published in Choice Volume 19 - Click here to download
or Group and Team Coaching - Valuable Modalities for Today's Organizational Context, Volume 16 of Choice. Click here to download
We go into greater detail around the similarities and differences throughout the Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCes), and to a lesser extent in the Group Coaching Essentials program (8.75 CCEs). I hope you will consider joining us for an upcoming virtual learning group.
With best wishes,
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
of Effective Group Coaching (2010), Coaching Business Builder (2018),
Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and From One to Many: Best
Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013). Check out my author page on Amazon for all publications.
If you are looking for coaching skills development through CCE approved programs - The next Group CoachingEssentials CCE approved program starts on Monday February 3rd from 9 - 1015 am ET - group calls will be held on February 3, 10, 24, March 2 and 9, 2020. This 8.75 CCE program also includes weekly 1-1 time with me (15 min each
week). Is 2020 your year to get your groups going or expand the number of groups
you are doing? Whether you are new to group coaching or stepping into your next
year, there’s always something to learn – I hope you’ll join us. Reserve your spot here.
Also starting on February 3rd is the Mentor Coaching Group (10 hours for ACC/ PCC). Join me for 10 hours of mentor coaching for your credential. This group will be held on Mondays from 12 - 1pm Eastern from February 3 - May 4, 2020.
The 60 Day Coaching Business Builder will also kick off a new cohort on February 1st. This hybrid live and on-demand program supports you in 60 days of daily steps, also with a weekly 1-1 time with me!