Team coaching


Temps de lecture : 3 min

Getting your team coached goes much further than organizing a brainstorming, a team building or a meeting to present strategy. In this article, we’ll see a few examples where it can be interesting to involve a coach to help the team moving forward and the potential benefits. The list is not exhaustive!

Team coaching to start a project.

You have this new project which should start shortly with high expectations from the Board. You’d like the team to start the work as soon as possible. Organising in a team coaching at that stage is an investment. It could slightly slow down the start, but it will allows the team to become much faster a high performing team. Indeed, during that phase, the coach will:

  • Help to move from a group of people to a team by facilitating discussion between the team members.
  • Help federating around the project by proposing the definition of a ways of working and engagement charter which will be the starting point for trustful and safe relationships.
  • Help to create a strong identity which will transform the project into a more exciting experience.

Team coaching at the team creation stage.

A team newly created is often facing divergence of views, different experiences and backgrounds, questions about roles and responsibilities etc. Some team members will take a lot of space in the discussions, other will remain in an observation mode, other will just undergo. Getting the team coached at that stage will allow the team members to start with good foundation. The coach will for example:

  • Encourage the team members to express and share their feelings.
  • Support the team in defining their vision and values.
  • Transform the resistance to change into a will to move forward together.
  • Empower the team.

Team coaching for team in trouble.

It happens that a team is in trouble to fulfill a task or to hold the role they are asked to. As an example, it can a team failing making decision or taking initiatives. Getting the team coached at that stage will allow to highlight the underlying reasons to these issues and to fix them. In that context, the coach will as an example:

  • Use metaphoric workshops to help identifying issues and getting the untold expressed.
  • Identify topics which the solutions are under the team control.
  • Build an action plan.

In short: when getting your team coached:

A coach can be involved at any moment in the life of a team ; at the creation, to improve their efficiency, to (re)create momentum and engagement, to fix a complex situation, to support during a change… The coach can be a catalyst, bring an external perspective, push to team to react… He or she will be sometimes a Coach, sometimes a Trainer, sometimes a facilitator. He will focus on the individuals, on the group and/or on the interactions depending on the topics. Collective coachings are always customized to match the best possible to the team needs. Then a team coaching can include some training and some collective intelligence workshops as well. The final objective remains the same as in the individual coaching; the coach aims at helping the team to take a step back on their ways of working and to define by themselves the actions to be implemented to achieve their goals.

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