Team coaching

Team coaching works according to the same principles and values as individual coaching.

It is first and foremost a matter of supporting a team over several months with the ultimate aim of:

  • Helping team members optimise processes and methods for working as a team in order to share information, decisions and action,

  • Developing maturity by speeding up development,

  • Improving team performance over time, measuring progress and results obtained.

In this sense, team coaching differs greatly from team building and development.

Team coaching is especially powerful in change management, for management teams, project teams, and multi-disciplinary or multi-cultural teams.

It is especially effective in the following spheres:

  • Developing a strategy and implementing it operationally with teams

  • Developing team maturity, team working methods, decision-making, interactions and handling crises

  • Improving working methods

  • Handling crises, or major upheavals (mergers, buyouts, redundancy plans etc.)

  • Developing culture

  • Integrating and managing intercultural dimensions

  • Ensuring that the organisational changes implemented will stand the test of time

  • Elaborating a solid working plan, with performance indicators

  • Handling conflicts among team members, and/or members of the executive committee

Modalities

The programme is drawn up with the client and tailored to their aims. It is often geared around coaching for executive committee meetings, and seminars with the team. Individual coaching may be used as backup in certain cases.

Generally speaking, team coaching will take place over a considerable period of time lasting 6 to 18 months. Coaching sessions will typically be scheduled at a pace of two days every six to seven weeks, interspersed with occasional workshops.

The sessions are then wound up formally, most often with a three-way meeting between the coachee team, the coach and the sponsor.

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