Team Coaching

We use team coaching as a focused and potent team development approach where the coach works with the team and the team leader to become more effective in achieving the ambitions and goals of the team.

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This support facilitates key learning or ‘aha’ moments to arise. This promotes shifts in individual and team thinking and behaviour. These changes lead to individual and team growth, development and ultimately greater performance and success.

Our Approach

Although we have a proven team development methodology which targets a number of team performance factors our approach starts with observation and understanding and not prescription.

The first step in our approach is to spend time with the team leader; this allows us to understand fully his/her needs. We then talk to all of the team members and other key stakeholders to build a clear picture of the current situation and the team's specific needs.

Building on this understanding we may commission relevant team effectiveness reports or psychometrics, like Insights Discovery, to further explore and understand the team dynamics and specific context in which the team operates. Some of these tools also provide an excellent framework on which to tangibly measure some of the softer elements of the team’s progress and performance.

Once we have a clear understanding of what is needed we propose an appropriate team development programme which has the right focus to achieve the identified performance objectives. Once agreed with the team leader we then implement the team development programme which can be supported by parallel individual 1:1 Coaching for the team leader or individual team members.

Our team coaching programmes normally involve an initial one to two-day event followed by a series of either half or one-day quarterly follow-up sessions; this will depend on the team's need and specific requirement.

When to use team coaching...

From our experience the needs of the team usually fall into one or more of the following key development areas:

  • Creation of the team’s purpose, vision and values
  • Clarification of the team’s strategy, structure and ways of working
  • Better understanding of the team’s strengths, skills and dynamics
  • To address a key challenge or where the team has got ‘stuck’

What are benefits of team coaching?

Our Team Coaching approach improves performance because it:

  • Is results oriented - the coach helps the team identify clear goals - and then enables the team to achieve them
  • Builds on the experience, strengths and talents already present in the team
  • Generates shared commitment to and accountability for the goals of the team as a whole, not just an individual's own goals
  • Sharpens communication and interpersonal skills enabling individuals to adapt and connect better with each other
  • Values and builds on the diversity in the team, rather than seeking uniformity
  • Promotes an appreciative and challenging climate in which everyone is able to excel and grow
  • Ensures that actions are focused - and hence more effective and efficient in achieving team success
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"Coaching Focus have been instrumental in shaping the team and setting the culture, which underpins the way we work."
Owen Michaelson, CEO, Harworth Estates on working with Coaching Focus to introduce a Coaching Culture