Coaching a team
Team coaching is different to group coaching because you will be working with a real team. Working together can be a rewarding opportunity to help them unlock their true potential and will normally start with a request for help from a member of HR or the Manager / Team Leader.
They will be able to provide you with a clear brief, or report that lists the current situation, any issues or challenges and why they feel this team needs additional help from a professional coach.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.”
Being a coach allows you to ask the right questions, so use this opportunity to start building a connection and fully explore the following areas:
- Overall objectives from the coaching process
- The timeframe, budget and how success will be measured
- Why the team need external help and what support has already been provided
- Team dynamics and how they are perceived by others
- Your role and example approaches you could take
- Any success from similar work you have already completed
Points to consider:
- Approach team coaching through collective motivation
- The team is a living system and has within it people who want to contribute and excel
- Gather team commitments and agree an action plan
- Organize half day coaching sessions to minimize scheduling issues
- Using benchmarking tools to measure changes in behavior, productivity and working together
- Call out any negative behavior or undelivered actions
When coaching a team, you may also want to request to sit in on some key meetings to observe team dynamics and provide feedback. This enables you to use your unique perspective as an outside observer to give valuable insights and shed light on any ‘blind spots’ the team may not have seen in their everyday interactions as they are working together.
If you would like to move into this area of coaching and work with managers or their teams, you will need to first do some work on the practical side of things and generate new leads. Then convert them into a sale by talking about how your skills and experience can help achieve the outcomes needed to come together and succeed as a group.
The key to being successful in this area is to quickly build confidence and maybe stand out by highlighting a fresh approach you could bring to team coaching. Our ebook on coaching a team will help you unlock the true potential within a group and includes the tools you need to run team coaching sessions and successfully deflect any conflict you may encounter. And if you would like to add some creativity to your team coaching session, we also have a virtual card game specifically designed for you to use when coaching a team.
If you would like to learn how to successfully coach a team, check out our ebook and virtual game in the online shop:
- Ebook – Coaching a team – Run successful team coaching sessions and learn how to deflect conflict with this essential guide to coaching a team.
- Virtual Game – Coaching a team – Use this practical online tool when coaching a team to help them achieve their strategic goals in a creative way.
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