Teams exist to produce results. To do so sustainably, they need to balance productivity skills (the ability to set, organize around, and achieve meaningful goals) and positivity skills (the ability to create and maintain positive relationships). Team spirit helps achieve motivation as well as diminishes work load. The sense of belonging to a team significantly enhances the feeling of belonging to the greater organization. It helps the team members to take the ownership of their own development together with their manager. When a team discovers its common values and needs, it allows their shared wisdom to emerge. If all of the members are involved, the team takes stronger ownership of the execution of their plans. Thus, the team creates its own autonomous processes in resulting harmony. This increases the team’s productivity while taking a lot of the load off the management’s shoulders. Team coaching is an increasingly popular to design their desired rules, values, principles by involving every relevant voice.
The support of an impartial coach can help a team understand its strengths and weaknesses, and get clear on what it needs to do differently to produce results. A skilled team coach helps team members surface and deal with issues that undermine performance, guiding them to handle relationship conflict constructively, and to gain clarity around goals, roles and responsibilities. In this way, teams can build new levels of transparency and trust that lead to superior performance.
Teams are supported by coaches to help them navigate this delicate balance, to identify the behaviors that serve them and that get in their way, and to create constructive ways of dealing with group conflict. Coaches also help teams find alignment around goals, clarify roles and responsibilities, and design how they work together.
Teams may seek coaching for a variety of reasons:
- Newly formed teams with no established norms
- Silo management
- Poor performance
- Interpersonal conflict
- Role confusion
- Lack of engagement
- Poor external relations
Coaches can support teams to
- Find clarity and alignment around goals and objectives
- Define mission, vision, and values
- Design a working alliance
- Surface and handle interpersonal conflict
- Improve communication
- Clarify roles and responsibilities
- Improve results