Team Coaching

Who I work with:

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How much of your business career have you spent in team building exercises  — usually when much of your mind was on the phone messages piling up back at the office? These exercises can create a short-term sense of “working together” or “appreciating each other”, but they often don’t accomplish the following:

– incorporate the positive feelings into your company culture

– develop the skills to communicate differences in a way that create new information and new choices

– specifically capitalize on the strengths of your team and use them to propel you forward.

They tend to create a sense of  “pretending to be a team because we’re supposed to”, which usually means that:

– the whole isn’t more than the sum of it’s parts – in fact, it’s way less

– way too much time gets spent in blame, hidden agendas and miscommunication

– some things get done well – and others either get done haphazardly or not at all

Maybe you’re feeling some of these productivity drainers in your team.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

How we work together:

I work with your team to:

– assess its effectiveness using the Hay Group Emotional Intelligence survey, if desired, or surveying the team in a blind questionnaire if preferred. (The Hay survey measures both emotional and social intelligence and is designed to give a comprehensive view of strengths that can be more fully utilized and areas for development.)

– design tools to build  skills that are missing and engage ones that aren’t being used

– clearly assign roles/responsibilities and build a process that you can use to make changes yourselves as new needs arise

– develop communication skills that make conflict a source of improved solutions

– shift your culture from a focus on blame and shame to a learning environment that facilitates growth and forward movement

When I work with teams of over 5 members, I work with one or more co-facilitators drawn from a wide circle of colleagues, based on your specific profile and needs.