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I asked a past client recently "What advice would you give others on a team coaching journey that feel stuck, or seem to be going backwards?"

His response "Systems are complex, trust and focus on the process, don't fixate on the outcome. You won’t see the benefit every day as you are living it, and at times it might feel like you are losing not winning, stick with the process. With the benefit of hindsight, you might find the outcomes have actually developed organically to be greater than your original expectations." Thanks for your insight Gary Connolly. As I always say we learnt just as much from our clients as they learn working with us.

If you would like to know more about what the team coaching process might look like for your team, please get in touch.


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I am still hiding and writing this week, although I have moved to Wyuna Bay (Coromandel Peninsula), where I have my own private beach (see video below), and the added bonus of wifi, phone connection. I extended my stay because I didn't want to break my flow.

Positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi describes flow as “a state of complete immersion in an activity. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one. Our whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost. " And, flow has great mental health benefits, including: improved emotional regulation, motivation, skill development, creativity, and it simply just makes us feel good. (And thanks Dr Sean O'Connor for the passion with which you teach this topic at Sydney Uni)

Flow happens in teams too. Think of sports teams or orchestra's. And collective team flow is immensely powerful. I often see and experience team flow in team coaching sessions, where all are in sync, feeding from one another, highly creative, contributing equally, and the concept of time seems irrelevant.

So, in a team context, when you feel flow, let it flow. Don't stick strictly to the agenda, or rush of to another meeting, instead harness the power being created right there and then.

If you would like to talk more about flow and/or how it plays out in team coaching please get in touch.


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Coming to you today from Charles Bay (near the top of Coromandel Peninsula). I’m here on my second self-imposed writing retreat, and it’s working again! I do have electricity this time (what a treat) but no wifi, dodgy phone connection and shops and cafes an hour away.

As I am sitting here in paradise thinking what a good idea this is, I am conscious of my senses connecting to a new environment. I hear the sea lapping below me, native birds singing, and cicadas (rather than the Western Motorway and city sirens), I see the sea, the bush, and the occasional boat pass by (rather than concentrated medium rise apartments), I smell fresh air and notice my hay fever has disappeared, and I feel a cool sea breeze (rather than stifling humidity).

I was talking to a college last week (thanks Ruth Donde) about senses connecting with nature as a form of mindfulness, and I’m doing it right now. A great conversation was started which I hope we continue.

So try it. If you or your team are struggling to focus, and/or you’ve tried mindfulness techniques that don’t seem to connect/resonate, try changing your location to a place filled with natural mindfulness.


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