One of the most common questions the CoachNet team gets is “how do I effectively coach a team and not just individuals?” Coaching a team works on the same process as one-on-one coaching: 1) take a snapshot of where you’re starting, 2) frame out your destination, and 3) plan whatever steps you can take to shorten the distance between those two points.
Two key ideas raise your chances for effective team coaching. First, the process for choosing your next steps requires a different standard. Your team won’t be unanimous. (One input makes it easy to agree!) Focus your efforts on the most demanding action plan that no one stops. Any commitment works, as long as no one tries to stop progress.
Second, build on your team’s natural tendencies. Early in a coaching conversation, team members tend to speak directly to the coach. Peer-to-peer interaction is limited. A key strategy for efficient team coaching is to re-direct the exchange between team members. Teams talk to each other to be effective. Coaches facilitate intra-team discussion.
The relationships on a team complicate the picture. Draw out quieter members. Get talkers to address their colleagues. Remember your role makes communication more efficient. Decisions grow from disagreement, and the team owns their action. You will be surprised by what your team coaching can accomplish!