What is it, and how should I imagine the benefits?
There is help for this!
Let me introduce you to team coaching
Team coaching is distinct from team building, team training, team facilitation, and team consulting. The latter are all valuable interventions in their own right, by the way. Team coaching is distinct in that it helps teams develop and maintain new behaviors and ways of working in real time, doing real work that leads to needed work outputs, during real meetings and work sessions, and with real results — producing long term, sustainable improvements in team cohesion, effectiveness and performance.
Let me emphasize this again: Team coaches make interventions in real time, during real, everyday team meetings and work sessions where real work is done. They do this to challenge teams on how they interact and how this, in turn may affect trust, motivation as well as results. Please note that team coaches do this only with regard to focus areas that the team itself has chosen to focus on after the team coach has collected data during a diagnostic phase and presents the possible range of issues back to the team. As a result, teams have ownership of what to work on, which increases their willingness to change habitual behaviors, ways of working etc. This, in turn leads to better team effectiveness and performance but also cohesion, trust and candor.
Team coaches do sometimes complement this work with bits of team training on key content chosen by the team; they may also facilitate team discussions or retreats, if and when the team asks for this. Individual assessments may also be added if the client so desires.
How does team coaching happen – step by step?
My team coaching credentials
I am a graduate of Corentus, the renowned team coaching and team coaching training company. I am currently in my Practicum stage, after which I will receive certification. I really valued the high quality of Corentus’ content, their training approach and their values. About half of Corentus’ clients are social purpose-focused orgs, and they wish to grow that portion. In fact, they have asked me to join them as a Corentus ‘core practitioner’ for part of my time—which I have agreed to. But I will also offer this service under my own practice, Five Oaks Consulting.
This is a new coaching offering that I am very excited to offer to my clients!
Let me know how I can be of help to your organization.
What to expect from Five Oaks team coaching: Cohesion and more optimal outcomes as a team including:
- Share a sense of purpose
- Create joint work products that can be accomplished with all team members contributing
- Improved cohesion and a sense of belonging. All members are encouraged to live out their identity freely
- Improved meeting management, for instance reducing the number of meetings and ensuring clear objectives or outcomes. Allow all team members equal participation
- Reduce digital fatigue as meetings are more productive and engaging
- Create clear actions steps after meetings
- Fully use asynchronous ways of collaborating to reduce number of meetings
- When agreements or commitments are broken, know how to renegotiate such commitments, apply consequences as needed, leading to strong mutual accountability