Helping managers run great team meetings
When coaching a team, you may be asked to work with the Manager or Team Leader to review the frequency and content of their team meetings. This would normally focus on how they prepare for them and how they are run, but with your help they can also learn to develop their softer skills. This can be really positive for all members of the team and result in great team meetings that are more effective, less frequent and shorter.
The Manager or Team Leader will normally host their team meetings, send out invitations and create the agenda. They will traditionally use the opportunity to share updates, stimulate ideas, discuss opportunities or issues and agree on the next steps. A formal Q&A section can be used at the end of every meeting, however they should regularly check everybody is following the discussion and pause if needed to ask if anybody has any questions. This is important if they have any more introverted team members.
And by quietly sitting in on some key meetings, you will be able to observe team dynamics and provide valuable 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. It can also be an opportunity to help identify future leaders and encourage people to try a different role so they feel more inclusive and all get to take part in a great team meeting.
Key roles in a great team meeting
- Timekeeper – The timekeeper sets the rhythm for the meeting and ensures all agenda items are discussed equally. They are ultimately responsible for the meeting running to time and can sometimes be asked to co-ordinate any external presenters and invitations.
- Scribe – This is a pivotal role at any meeting and formally logs all attendees. They make a note of information discussed in the meeting and use it to develop any follow-up notes. These notes can initially be used at the end of the meeting to ensure the group have collective agreement with what has been said. They are then also used as either a simple list of decisions or actions, more detailed minutes on the discussions that took place, or a formal report with action plan.
- Presenter – With support from the Manager or Team Leader, the presenter is given time at the meeting to share specific information or update the team on a subject they may be interested in or impacted by. They may wish to involve the Manager or Team Leader as this can help the team understand why they should be interested in this information and what they will need to do as a result of seeing it.The presenter will need to quickly gauge the level of interest the team have in their presentation and if needed adapt their approach. Where appropriate, they can include a fun or interactive element to ensure the information has impact or relevance.
In team coaching, your role can be seen as a catalyst for change and collective awareness within the group. By guiding the team towards more ambitious results, they will normally progress towards greater performance and positive outcomes. However, it is important to learn how to successfully challenge the team, without imposing your desires or agenda, and without pushing or pulling them.
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
Are you new to team coaching?
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. This can be built on your specific background or life experiences and the different types of developmental tools you plan to use like the example above about running great team meetings.
One tool you can use when team coaching is to investigate their different personality types. This approach can be used to develop a better understanding of individual and group motivations and once you know the range of personalities within a team, you can use this insight to find how they can best work together to achieve success.
They can then be reviewed as part of a 121 coaching session with individuals, or openly discussed as part of a constructive and supportive group coaching session where you can role-play different situations in a safe and supportive space.
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.
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