The Power of Teams
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Creating high-performing teams is critical in today’s market place as we are constantly being asked to do more with less. High-performing teams working in synergy is the key to keeping up with demands from stakeholders, customers and consumers.
For many years, I facilitated large experiential team-building workshops. Participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience, learned new things, gained insights, set goals, had fun and bonded with their team mates. The feedback was outstanding.
However, I would often leave the workshops feeling a little apprehensive. On one hand I was thrilled about the outcome but on the other I was wondering how effective the team would be when back in the normal day-to-day business operations. Would their influence win out?
In our endeavour to have a more profound effect, we changed our focus to team coaching.
Team coaching is different to team building in that we work with the team as a system within a system. We do not look at the individual, we look at the team as a whole.
It is a valuable intervention for ensuring teams are addressing the needs of key stakeholders, communicating effectively both internally and externally, understanding the need to adapt to the fast changing world, and having a system to learn and develop from past experience.
What team coaching will do
- Set a clear purpose, mission and goals
- Improve communication
- Ensure accountability
- Resolve conflict
- Boost morale
What we do
To support the team dynamics we focus on 5 key areas:
- the intent of why it exists is known to all the individual parts
- goals and mission are clear
- roles and expectations are understood and embraced
- the way we work and communicate together to generate new thoughts and ideas is co-created
- time to reflect and learn from our past and plan for the future is planned for
Our inspiration for team coaching comes from Peter Hawkins – 5 Cs of High Performing Teams.
Research is showing that team coaching delivers a positive return on investment (ROI).