Coaching For Teams

Coaching for Teams

As well as coaching individuals, I coach teams of people who want or need to improve. It’s not about team training – there’s not theory that people need to grasp. Instead it is about helping a team to see the reality of where they are, recognise how they want to be different, and help them to get there.

Some of the symptoms that suggest this is necessary might be a lack of arguments or disagreements or, conversely, a nticeable increase in confict levels. Maybe people are not listening to each other, have ceased to creatively problem solve or simply don’t have the same enjoyment at work.

This can be a conversation as we walk together but, more typically, this involves the team getting involved in low level fun tasks outdoors so that the individuals can all see how they fit and behave within the wider group. From there, coaching can be a mix of both group and individual depending on the issues present.

In the past I have done a lot of this type of work in conjunction with the training and consultancy company, xpand International, especially on the continent.

Which team issue do you recognise from those below?

Trust

People don’t seem to trust each other. Maybe they don’t know each other very well because they are a new team, or some of them are, and they just don’t want to make themselves vulnerable. At every turn they are covering their backs to make sure they don’t get blamed and mistakes get covered up.

Communication

Things are written, shown and spoken but a lot of messages are not being received clearly, not at all, or are never fully being transmitted. It might be a lack of trust and respect or more simply, people not being great in the communicative arts.

Respect

Team members don’t seem to value each other. They are very good at pointing out each other’ weaknesses, but less good at praising their strengths and using them within the team, even complementary things that would benefit themselves.

Harmony

Individuals in the team get along okay but no-one is really willing to chaare happy enough to do an adequate job but no-one is willing to no longer seem to know which direction your life is heading and , if you’re honest with yourself, you’re not sure how to go about putting that right. For now, you are simply plodding along in the same vein as the last few years, and you’ll simply deal with whatever opportunities are presented to you.

What are you going do next?

If you have read this far, doing nothing and just putting up with the pain plainly isn’t in your thinking. Yes, people might start to work together and the problem might disappear but that probably doesn’t mean it has gone away. And yes, making changes will have a cost involved, but if that is less than deaing with what you are living currently, then it is time to set out on a journey towards different and better. Here are some other suggestions:

1. Sign up to the newsletter by clicking here or using the form in the footer below. I’ll send you the free values e-book you can work through yourself and maybe use to help your team find out what is important for each other, and you’ll also receive occasional emails to challenge you to think about what is important in life.

2. Read Patrick Lencioni’s leadership fable ‘Five Dysfunctions of A Team’. You can get it from amazon. It’s easy to read and talks about some things that are worth thinking about with your team. I regularly refer to it when working with teams; it touches on a number of issues that are really useful for people to consider

3. Read some of the articles I have written to help you consider useful team behaviours, and think about making changes, big or small, to life. There is a selection in amongst eveything else I have written on the Ezine Articles site. You might also be interested in my book ‘Making Games Work’, about using games to build better team interactions.

4. Get in touch for a chat. I’m always happy to be contacted and chat with you. I can pose questions and maybe make suggestions about the options that are available to build your team. Because  what I do bridges the divide between team bonding fun and team learning seriousness, I can suggest options anywhere along that spectrum that will be useful for dealing with the issues facing your team.

I’m happy to chat to you for free in the first instance, to see if coaching would benefit you and whether we ‘fit’ – I’d hate you to sign up for a series of sessions and decide after the first one that you don’t want any more (except in the unlikely event that we have dealt with all your topics in one go!)