Team Coaching

 

Team Coaching

Having excellent individuals in your team is an important aspect of a company’s overall success, but in today’s complexity, it is teams that account for sustainable, repeated success – not individuals (Katzenbach and Smith, The Discipline of Teams, 1993). As it is today, technologies, tasks, interconnections, and environments have become much too complex for one individual alone to leverage – no matter how much expertise he or she commands. Thus, it’s not as much the excellence of the individual that is going to make a real difference, it’s the way the team members work together and how aware they are of themselves and each other that will ultimately create lasting success.
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To truly work with this fact, we need to change our perspective from concentrating on individual goals and responsibilities to concentrating on team goals and team responsibilities, thus making collaboration and mutual awareness our major focus. This changes our view of the team from being a set of individuals, to being an organism or entity in and of itself. This way of viewing teams brings with it a groundbreaking change in our way of working with teams and their leaders.
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Teams become truly effective through awareness and conscious, intentional action. This doesn’t happen by chance, but instead is cultivated through clarity, transparency, a high degree of self determination, and the creation of an environment (safe space) in which each team member can voice his or her opinion, ask questions, or raise controversial issues. These are the factors that move teams into high performance. This is where creativity and innovation are born.
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Effective teams have a high awareness of themselves and their stakeholders, clarity of the goals and expectations placed upon them, transparency in terms of what is going on in the context around them, and agreed behavioral norms and standards which define their interactions with each other.
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Team coaching helps teams successfully move into high performance and is especially useful for teams working in complex environments. It helps them re-frame their view of themselves, get a clear understanding of their goals, and assists them in collectively defining the behavioral norms they need to succeed. Additionally, team coaching is valuable for teams in the forming or storming phase, and for performance improvement.

FAQs

How can mindfulness help me?

Mindfulness helps you to manage stress, address conflict positively and will help you manage change – an ever increasing aspect of every life. In addition, mindfulness improves your ability to work with others – whether you are working in teams in your professional life or with friends and family in your private time. It will enhance your natural creativity and put you back in contact with your real emotions. Mindfulness improves leaderships skills and is the basis of communication. In short, there is not a single area of life that does not benefit from mindfulness.

Why are emotions so important? Do we 'need' emotions at work, too?

We can’t get rid of emotions – not even at the workplace, although many companies have tried to do just that.  Emotions are an integral part of being human and if repressed won’t just go away – much to the contrary, they will resurface – and repressed emotions can wreck havoc both on our mental and our physical states. So what to do with emotions – especially then, when we don’t seem to really have control over them, or they surface at the “wrong” moment. We can see our emotions as signals that we have needs that are or are not being met. Positive emotions surface when needs are being met and are generally not seen as a problem. Negative emotions however, are the ones we can really work with. These emotions give us insight into what is really going on inside us and others. Negative emotions arise when needs are not being met. These needs can be recognized or unrecognized. The most challenging needs are the unrecognized needs, because as the term suggests, these are the needs that we don’t even really know we have. They are the needs that have been buried under perhaps years of “ought to’s” “should’s” and “have to’s”. If they continue to go unrecognized and thus unfulfilled, they will continue to fester under the surface and continue to create the negative emotions that eventually can lead to serious mental and physical distress. So what to do with negative emotions? The best way of dealing with them is to see them as a distress signal from these unfulfilled needs. Getting to the underlying need instead of the emotion is then the best way to understand and work with the negative emotion.

Why are relationships so important?

Our relationships are the foundation of our lives. We stand in a relationship to each and every person we come into contact with. By the word “relationship“ we do not necessarily mean romantic relationships, but instead the way two or more people or things are connected. We do not exist in a vacuum, we are not alone – even those of us who feel very alone. We define ourselves, in essence, by the way we interact with other people and things and this interaction can be seen as our extended communication. This interaction, or communication, defines how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived by others. This has a large influence on our success, happiness and overall satisfaction. The more we become aware of the condition of our relationships, the more aware we become of the way we communicate (interact). This gives us greater power over the events and happenings in our lives and thus a greater influence over the outcomes. Becoming mindful of our relationships helps us to become mindful of ourselves and all that which is happening around us.