Are you a member or leader of a team? In the workplace, a team could be comprised of the executive officers of a company, a departmental leadership team, a special project team or any number of other teams that come together to accomplish shared goals. Teams are everywhere in organizational life today.
And yet, only 10% of teams rate themselves as high performing. There is an urgent need for a better understanding of how teams can function at their best, and a growing awareness of how team coaching can provide that. Team coaching is a powerful tool to drive business results.
What is team coaching? In team coaching, a certified team coach facilitates and coaches the team as a system or entity unto itself. Each team has its own unique and special personality, reflecting the contributions of the individuals on the team and the environment in which it operates. A team coach understands the system dynamics of a team and can help the team address issues that prevent it from achieving high productivity.
A team coaching engagement might start with a team assessment that can help the group understand its strengths and opportunities for improvement. The coach typically facilitates an all-day team kick-off to debrief the results of the assessment and create the basic foundational agreements for the team, such as shared goals and behavioral norms. The team and its coach meet monthly thereafter to advance their interpersonal and business goals, and then re-assess at the end of six months to measure team improvements and identify improvements that are still needed.
Results of team coaching are seen in achieving business goals, creating a more positive organizational culture and encouraging individuals to reach their potential.
Here are some events and conditions that point to the need for team coaching:
Kristin Robertson is a certified by Team Coaching International (TCI) as a Certified Team Performance Coach, and is able to conduct TCI’s Team Diagnostic Assessment. Kristin offers a complimentary Team Leader View assessment to anyone interested in exploring the benefits of team coaching. To schedule your assessment, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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