Team coaching

25 Mar 2014

At Barefoot Coaching we find that many organisations are requesting team coaching interventions in addition to one to one executive coaching.

Coaching a team is subtly yet distinctly different from team building, away-days or team training days and it is also different from 1:1 coaching.  It requires the coach to have a specific set of coaching and facilitation skills to help a “team achieve superior performance while also helping team members create more fulfilling lives for themselves and others”.(P Rosinski)

The benefits of team coaching include:

  • The whole team develops and learns to work better together
  • The team learns about a coaching approach and incorporates that into their work going forward
  • It is a cost effective solution, although it is usually supported by 1:1 coaching for each of the team members

So – here is an overview of how we approach team coaching at Barefoot Coaching:

Stage One

Working with the individuals before the team coaching day

We conduct 1:1 telephone conversations with each member of the team to ascertain the following:

  • 3 positive things you can say about the team
  • 3 concerns/challenges you believe are facing the team
  • 3 most important outcomes from the coaching assignment for you, for the team, for the organisation 

These are collated before the team coaching sessions and presented back to the group anonymously as themes – often on flip charts around the room on the team coaching day.

Stage Two

Setting a coaching “frame” to the day

We explain basic coaching principles and set the scene for rewarding solution focused thinking and discouraging historical, problem-focused thinking in the team coaching session...and beyond.

“What got you here, won’t get you there!”  (Marshall Goldsmith)

Stage Three

Check In – Making sure everyone is heard

5 minutes uninterrupted air time for each person to say anything they want.  Other team members practice dynamic listening.

Stage Four

Coaching Questions (GROW model style) to establish:

Where the team wants to get to

Where they are now

What obstacles are in the way

What opportunities exist

What options they have

What they are prepared to do to get there

Stage Five

Commitment to Action and Group Buy-In

Exploring the consequences of decisions made – costs and benefits

Optional additional stages

  • Appreciation of one another and the team as a whole
  • Focus on what is the team like when it is at its best
  • What makes an effective team and development of team identity
  • Understanding one another, values and ‘maps of the world’
  • Self-awareness and identifying our own behaviours and patterns
  • Feedback to one another
  • Celebration of achievements and team timeline

If you are a coach working with teams, Barefoot Coaching has produced a great resource to enhance your team coaching sessions -  Coaching Cards for Teams

We are also running a two day training programme for coaches to learn more about the skills required to become a team coach – 2nd & 3rd June 2014. Please contact us if you would like some early bird information on this. Otherwise please check back for updates on our website.