Monday, March 02, 2020

Why Team Coaching?

coaching is getting a lot of attention these days with the current WBECS spotlight on the new team coach training being spearheaded by David Clutterbuck and Peter Hawkins.

It's an era where team coaching is coming into its own. As someone who is a team coach practitioner, author on the topic and coach trainer for group and team coaches, I'm often asked, why is team coaching valuable?

I thought I'd reach back and share the value of the team coaching process which I first published in From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching  back in 2013.

Here are the six reasons I highlighted back in 2013 about what was being said about the benefits of team coaching. Consider how relevant these still are for our work today:

#1 - Space for the team to pause and reflect - As I wrote back in 2013, "In today's busy environment, it is very easy to let reflection moments become swept away by immediate issues. A team coaching sometimes provides the only reason why teams will stop". Consider how you are incorporating short and long pauses, along with reflection for the team.

#2 - Prioritizing the need for focus - related to the first point engagement in a team coaching process may create urgency and a priority for the team to focus, particularly as now there is someone coming in to create a pause.

#3 - A non-judgmental sounding board/space for dialogue

#4 - Ability to mirror back to the team what is going on. Observations are foundational to the coaching process, and new awareness gets created by the team as they start to notice their own patterns, behaviors and habits.

#5 - Strong fous on the outcome

#6 - Accountability focus: it holds the entire team responsible for taking the action, and making the changes they have committed to over time, through sustained conversation and check-ins" - pp 147

As I often say, regardless of how much the context changes, the foundational approaches and practices of team coaching are still the same.

What do you hear from coaching clients about the importance of the team coaching process?

Enjoy the conversations,

Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Teams365 | Potentials Realized
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Author 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.

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1 comment:

Micheal Alexander said...

Great tips, many thanks for sharing. I have printed and will stick on the wall! I like this blog. Family Business Coach