What is team coaching?
Team coaching is coaching a work group, both
as a group, and frequently the individuals of the group. During
team coaching, a team coach works in the room with the team
while it does its real work.
A team coach:
Listens to the team, hearing
what is being said and what lies beneath what is said
Reflects back what is being
heard, supporting awareness in the group of its own processes
and elevating the group’s capacity to work together.
Probes the team with powerful
questions and challenges the team to discover and deeper levels
of understanding and meaning of the things that lead to its
greatest capability, and
Supports the group while
it becomes aware of and able to manage its own dynamic process.
Why is it so effective?
Diversity of perspectives and breadth of knowledge
is a team’s greatest resource, yet history, fear of conflict,
cultural norms and other factors often inhibit and limit a
group’s ability to make use of all its own richness. In team
coaching, a team learns how to use:
Candor to bring
forth the knowledge and ideas of each team member in a neutral
and ‘hearable’ way.,
Inquiry to search
for, and verify information, to invite and listen to unique
and different ideas and approaches,
leadership is shared, and each individual encourages all others
to participate and commit to success,
skills to explore disagreement openly in order to surface
underlying causes that are barriers and to encourage team
members to work through differences in a constructive and
respectful way, and
practices to explore and compare opinions, work for shared
understanding and agreement in order to reach sound choices
that reflect the teams values and functions
Teams are more and more essential in the multi-disciplinary
knowledge industries of today: Teams are an integral component
of effective organizations working towards meeting the demands
of an increasingly complex and competitive business environment.