Why team coaching?
The goal of team coaching is improved team dynamics and performance which in turn leads to an improvement in business metrics.
- NEW TEAM: Coaching can help you clarify your team purpose, agree and practice ways of working together to maximise team effectiveness
- ESTABLISHED TEAM: Coaching can help you move your team to a higher level of performance which is sustainable.
What problems could team coaching solve?
Team coaching is designed to solve the problems that result from poor team dynamics. These can include ineffective communication, lack of collaboration and innovation, conflict, no clear sense of team purpose, low trust, etc.
By improving team dynamics, teams communicate, collaborate and make decisions more effectively, learn to resolve disagreements, and become more supportive and resilient.
What is the process for Team Coaching?
Team coaching is not a quick fix, rather a change process that happens over time. Coaching will provide a framework and support which empowers the team to discover, learn together, develop and integrate new behaviours which will improve team dynamics and in turn team performance.
We will co-design the process with the team. It might look like this.
- Agreement of initial scope of work with project sponsor
- Inquiry Phase: Coaches would gather data on where the team is today. May include interviews with team members and key stakeholders, questionnaires, data etc.
- Discovery: Feedback of data to the team. Co-design the action plan with the team.
- Agreement with the team how we will implement the action plan.
- Series of focused sessions to team interactions and dynamics (virtual or in person) and activities to meet the goals agreed.
- Review of process, assessing results and key learnings and team agreements to sustain improved dynamics and performance.
What would the team members experience?
In team coaching, team members would learn, practice and integrate new skills and behaviours over time. These behaviours would be identified in the discovery stage. (What’s working and what needs to change) They might include how to have more effective meetings, how to have difficult conversations, decision making skills, how to becoming better listeners, role clarification, clarification of team purpose, etc. This learning may come from facilitated team discussions, training and other resources to increase skills, knowledge and awareness.
The outcomes experienced by the team members might include improved relationships, improved dynamics, more self-awareness, greater collaboration and innovation, increased confidence, etc
How much time would it take?
Team coaching is not a quick fix or a one-off activity. It is designed to provide support over time allowing teams to learn, practice and integrate new behaviours that in turn lead to sustainable change. The team would co-design the process with the Team Coaches. It would involve a series of team sessions with follow up actions. Typically it could last between 6 months and a year.
How can a team justify the investment?
- Improved Team performance resulting in improved KPI’s
- Improved motivation, engagement and retention of team members
- More innovation and creativity
- Waterfall effect of team members own teams and other teams in the organisation.
What does a team have to commit to, to get a taste of the programme?
The first commitment is to the inquiry and discovery (Stage 1).
Why should your team consider working with The Pearson Practice?
- We understand teams.
- We have been members of leadership teams and have experienced good and not so good team dynamics.
- We have led senior teams and tackled team dynamic issues.
- We are trained and accredited coaches and have coached team leaders.
- We are trained team coaches
What does the team need for this to be successful?
- Willingness to change
- Capacity to Change
- Commitment to Change
- Commitment to the time involved
- Stakeholder support