Effective teams have a shared purpose, understand the roles of individuals and how to use the strengths of individuals to leverage greater creativity and greater performance. Effective teams are more resilient and better able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
Team coaching is becoming increasingly recognised as an essential way to transform teams to the next level. Team coaching involves working with the team, sometimes together or sometimes as individuals with the team perspective in mind. Team coaching produces a team that is considerably more than the sum of its parts.
Team coaching is more than team-building – which is usually a one-off intervention. Team coaching may include an element of team building at the start of the programme but goes beyond this. Team coaching is more than team facilitation – where the team is helped to reach a particular outcome. Team coaching empowers the team to drive themselves and become way more than the sum of the individuals in the team. Team coaching can be particularly valuable in developing inclusive teams so that work can benefit from the diverse life experiences and approaches of members.
Team coaching requires skills in coaching, group dynamics and facilitation. Having completed the Professional Certificate in Coaching with Henley Business School AND being Accredited by the Association of Facilitators in 2020, I am now able to offer Team Coaching Programmes. Duration and methods depend on the desired outcome but typically include the following phases. Results can often be seen after the first sessions, but transformation should start to be demonstrated routinely after around 4 months:
Phase 1: Building a strong foundation – team building, ways of working together on the programme, understanding the contexts in which the team works, building trust. (Month 1)
Phase 2: Purpose and Values – effective teams have a shared purpose and values that are aligned (team members also work more productively if the team values are aligned with their own values so there is benefit here in some individual work. (Month 1)
Phase 3: Strengths in strength – individual and team strengths and how these overlap within the team. What are the opportunities for individuals and the team to develop skills and mindsets needed. (Month 2)
Phase 4: Processes – how does the team want to work together in general (Month 2)
Phase 5: Trying things out – the coach may observe some team activities here and facilitate regular reflection sessions on how the team is feeling and working. (Month 3-4)
Phase 6: Moving on – the team has developed effective ways of working, individuals feel supported and a sense of belonging. Productivity and resilience have both increased. The coach remains available for consultation or top-up sessions. (Month 5-6)
Shorter and more rapid transformation can also be achieved depending on client need.
To find out more about how I can help your team become productive, effective and resilient, call me on 07544 593131 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a call.