8 Expectations to have from Team Coaching
The majority of people already know what to expect from executive/individual coaching. What is interesting is that I often talk to leaders that are intrigued by what team coaching can provide for their teams, the most common expectation being that people in their team will be coached in a group setting, but addressing their individual topics.
The misunderstanding is not unexpected as far as I’m concerned, especially considering that the International Coaching Federation is only now drafting coaching core competencies specifically for team coaching frameworks, after 25 years focusing on individual coaching competencies.
I’m lucky and grateful that I was trained and developed in a school that has systemic coaching as a strong foundation. Alain Cardon, MCC, who’s also my first mentor and the leader of Metasysteme Coaching has done an excellent job sharing with us his knowledge on approaching every client in a systemic dimension, regardless if it’s an individual or a team and I’m so grateful for that.
As much as I was amazed by how the systemic coaching approach can accompany individual clients on their journey to learn and grow, it’s only when I started working more with teams when I uncovered the true power of the systemic dynamics. Helping teams to identify hidden patterns, uncover recurring systemic tensions and leveraging their collective potential has unleashed in me a new level of understanding of what the systemic team coaching can do for organizations. Well, I got carried away by my passion for the systemic coaching approach. More on this in another article. (To check-out the Team Coherence Index tool)
Coming back to what team coaching can do for a team, I thought of compiling a list with the major expectations to have when exploring the possibility of working with a team coach. Here are 8 things team coaching can do:
- Focus on a collective set of aspirational goals that the team wants to accomplish
- Works with the team as a unitary client, a single concerted voice looking to improve their singing quality
- Facilitate the discovery and exploration of new systemic pathways for the development of the team
- Helping the team to better align with their common purpose, values and beliefs
- Support the team to build new tools for continuous learning about how to work better together
- Provide a safe and fertile space so that each member can fully express their opinion and ideas
- Challenge the team when needed to offer new perspectives for them to explore
- Equally, engage all team members to participate and work on the team’s goals
This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but it’s a good start for leaders considering team coaching.