Coaching is a fabulous tool for individuals and equally fabulous for supporting teams. Awareness of the potential is increasing rapidly. Following are some basic insights.
What are the reasons for coaching a team?
- Manage Conflict
- Improve Relationships
- Increase Productivity
- Increase Engagement
- Create or Enhance Culture
What are the steps for providing team coaching?
- Define Purpose – for example, decide if the coaching is to focus on relationships, tasks, or processes.
- Objectives – define specifically what you want to gain through coaching.
- Approach – develop the approach for coaching and working with each other.
- Processes – create processes to use during the coaching.
- Engage in Coaching – create buy-in with everyone involved and engage fully in the process.
What are some tips, techniques, and tools for teach coaching?
- Empower the team to choose focus and process.
- Invite the team to share, reflect, brainstorm, and decide.
- Adjust to personal and learning styles.
- Keep it positive and proactive.
- Consider using an assessment such as the DISC Team Assessment.
- Co-create Tools for team awareness, tasks, and processes.
Once implemented, what does it take for the team coaching to run smoothly?
- Assess the impact and effectiveness of the coaching.
- Measure the results with metrics on engagement and productivity, outcomes with tasks and objectives, and qualitative feedback on relationships and individual impressions.
- Adjust focus or processes to maximize the opportunities and enhance results.
- Acknowledge the improvements, progress, and successes.
What are the opportunities for learning and developing team coaching skills and opportunities?
- Advanced coach training and continuing education programs.
- Surveying current client organizations.
- Networking with prospective clients and considering team coaching as a possible solution.
Team coaching is a benefit for clients and an opportunity for coaching business.