Team Coaching for Guaranteed and Measurable Team Growth
Our Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered team coaching programs have proven to be highly effective and resource efficient in supporting leaders with their leadership growth whilst improving team effectiveness at the same time.
Team coaching engagements create guaranteed and measurable leadership growth for the leader as well as for the team as whole using the unique Stakeholder Centered Coaching process. We offer a “No Growth No Pay” guarantee.
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- Telephone +44 (0) 7944 388621 with your name, how to reach you, and the reason for the call.
- Book a 45 minute telephone or Skype consultation in Michael’s on-line diary.
- Book a 2 hour telephone or Skype coaching session in Michael’s on-line diary.
- Complete the on-line Coaching Programme contact form.
When to consider team coaching:
- A team has a new leader or a new team is being formed
New team leaders are appointed or new teams are formed for a variety of reasons, including re-organizations, acquisitions, new lines of business or support services, etc. Team Coaching will often focus on helping the team leader and team to get off to a good start by establishing communication and trust, ensuring a shared understanding of the team’s mission, and identifying basic work styles and preferences of team members.
- A project team has organization-critical goals and deadlines
When teams are formed specifically to create significant organizational impact, it is critical that they function effectively from the start and throughout their work. Coaching can help ensure that they stay on track and that any issues/problems that occur are resolved quickly and effectively. The more important the task, and the more senior the team, the more coaching can help.
- Existing teams are exhibiting dysfunctional behavior (moderate or severe)
This is a situation in which good coaching can be vital to the team’s ability to achieve its goals. Often, interpersonal problems that crop up either within the team or in its dealings with others in the organization, can undermine the impact of its work. A coach can identify and work with the team to modify those behaviors in order to ensure that the team’s goals are not derailed.
- Two highly interdependent teams are not working well together
These teams may each be effective separately, yet ineffective working with each other. When teams that need to work together are either ignoring their lack of cooperation or are outwardly hostile toward each other, coaching can be used to improve communication and trust.
- A high-functioning team wants to get even better
Even in teams that are functioning well, there may be an opportunity to further strengthen the team by participating in a team coaching process. The dialogue, problem solving, and mutual support provided by team coaching can not only address specific development goals but also result in a team that has a greater sense of trust and cohesion. This situation is akin to helping a high-performing individual develop to even greater levels of effectiveness.
- Several individuals in a team or group have similar development needs and may benefit from working together as a group
At times, feedback may indicate that several individuals would benefit from development in the same leadership competency area. Working together on this goal offers mutual support and can strengthen the connection between individuals.
- The client is looking for a cost- and time-efficient way to provide coaching to several individuals
Team coaching may be attractive to clients who have limited funds or who wish to invest on a more limited scale with less senior teams.
Advantages of team coaching:
- Changing leaders and teams at the same time
The team as a whole articulates one leadership growth area and each team member defines his/her own leadership growth area that relates to the team focus. This creates an interdependent team effort with a common focus producing results for the individual effectiveness and team productivity simultaneously.
- Insider expertise
Team members should be in a position to provide expert advice and an insider’s view to each other as it relates to their business, their people, and their team culture challenges. They become de facto the internal team coaches.
- Openness to continuous change
When team members collaborate as stakeholders in the team coaching programs, it creates an open culture for leadership and team culture change. Furthermore team members feel comfortable to use feedback and feedforward around the organization to drive change for themselves and their teams.
- Coaching is a leadership skill
Many organizations use coaching as an ‘executive intervention’ or to ‘fix a problem’, but this is a suboptimal approach to coaching. Coaching is a leadership skill and leaders in organizations should be skilled coaches to help their teams develop and grow. Just as we expect effective leaders to be highly skilled in communication, decision making, and empowerment; leaders should be highly skilled in coaching others. Team coaching is a great program to instill coaching as a leadership skill in the organization.
- Resource efficient
Since one executive coach works with all team members supporting each other in this team coaching process, the whole coaching program is very time efficient and reduces coaching fees per team member. As thinking about and intending to change are not the same as actual change in behavior acknowledged by stakeholders, coaching for leadership growth and team effectiveness is a lot about ‘a disciplined process of implementation’ and not about ‘participating in coaching workshops’.
An important part of team coaching is team members supporting each other as stakeholders and coaches, while implementing their action plans to make change visible.Therefore, this program is ideally suited for leaders and their (cross functional / project) teams to measurably change their individual and collective effectiveness as they lead and develop their teams. As they do this, they will develop their coaching skills to further roll out this coaching process with their direct reports. Team coaching can be a very effective and cost efficient way to grow leaders, change teams and develop the organizational culture.
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