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In an emergency put your own oxygen mask on first

In Leadership Team Coaching in Practice 3rd edition, Kogan Page, 2022

I have the great pleasure of being a contributing author to the third edition of this book,  which provides an overview of the tools and techniques for coaching leadership teams and shows how these approaches have been applied around the world in a variety of team types and industries.  My contribution is a short case study highlighting the need for team coaches to recognise the importance of self-care.

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High Performing Teams learn together

Collective collaborative learning is one of the hallmark characteristics  of a High Performing Team. 

How best to do this depends on the team, the environment and learning preferences.  There are no cookie cutters, or set recipes for development success in this space.

Having said that, one activity that can add a lot of value is spending time together working through a particular challenge or concern a team members has.   The idea being that all team members provide input and support , even if they are not directly impacted by the issues, and even if they do not have particular expertise in the subject area .  I think you will find that everyone in the team will learn something and benefit from the process.  And, as an extra bonus it builds trust and psychological safety at he same time.

I have put together a worksheet to provide some guidance and structure around the collective learning process.  Please feel free to download it and use it with your team.

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The good, the bad, and the unexpected impact of internal coach on a high performing team development journey

In The Team Coaching Casebook, Clutterbuck, Murphy, Turner, Open International Publishing Limited, 2021

I have the great pleasure of being a contributing author to this industry first book, exploring the growing discipline of team coaching.   This book explores the breadth of approaches available throughout a team coaching engagement narrated through case studies and editorial commentary.   Just as teams are all different, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ form of team coaching methodology. The objective of this book is to illustrate a range of approaches through the lens of 23 global case studies that bring these diverse approaches to life.  My contribution consists of a case describing what the team, the team leader and myself learnt about team coaching during the first year of their team development journey. 

 

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Team coaching in action!

What does team coaching feel like in action? What makes it more challenging than one:one coaching? What are at the rewards, common traps, and emotions involved? In this session you will have an opportunity to experience some of the challenges, rewards, traps, and emotions of this growing global discipline.   

In December 2021 I presented this topic along with Tammy Turner at an International Coaching Federation (ICF) event.  We used a real case study to illustrate and Tammy shared insight  on the case and global trends in team coaching from a supervision perspective.

(Tammy Turner, ICF MCC and EMCC Master Team Coach is CEO of Turner International and Core Faculty and Head of Supervision, Global Coach Training Institute (GTCI). Since 2001 Tammy has coached teams and groups, as well as supervised and mentored coaches enhancing their impact to the wider organisation.  She has been a contributing author to numerous articles and textbooks.)

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Client voice - a high performing team development and coaching journey 

Who better to tell you about the development journey of a team I have been working with than than the client himself! 

Gary Connolly (Deputy Chief Executive Finance and Insights, St John New Zealand ) talks about his own and the team's  journey in the following series of 10 short videos.

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Video #1

Why take the team on a

development and coaching journey?

Video #2

Why use an internal coach?

Video #3

How did the team take up the process?

Video #4

What is the leaders role?

Video #5

How important is the relationship

between leader and coach?

Video #6

How  did the team change over the development journey?

Video #7

How did the leader change over the journey?

Video #8

How was success measured?

Video #10

What is next for the team?

Video #9

What were the learnings?

Coaching key to implement successful change

Coaching is the most effective way to implement successful change initiatives according to new research released by the International Coach Federation and Human Capital Institute.

 

Key points:

  • Organisations are going through multiple changes at the same time (technology, culture, processes and leadership).

  • The frequency and intensity of change is increasing.

  • Leadership today is really about leading change.

  • The success or failure of change is determined by: communication, leadership and resilience. All great focus areas for coaching.

  • The most effective change initiatives use a coaching approach for individuals/groups impacted by change and most importantly leaders leading the change. Why? Because coaching is completely bespoke, helps create options and increases emotional intelligence.

 

The full research article is attached. 

Reference: HCI and ICF Building a Coaching Culture for Change Management, 2018