Team coaching

Humans are social beings and as such, they work best in teams. That is why the base of all organizations is team division, and the key to success is quality team dynamics. Your organization is as strong as your team. But is it easy to find an ideal team? Anyone who has been in charge of forming a group knows that it can be hard work. Therefore, working with a team coach is a great option and provides the additional external perspective necessary to form a strong team with an optimal line-up.

These highly efficient employees are the main and comparative advantage and success factor of any organization. Organizations depend on their teams – in a world where everything is moving so fast, information is created and spread at the speed of light, and the environment is much more dynamic than before, it is necessary to have a good team with quality project organization that works together. Productivity and job outcome are directly related to relationships within the team – work will suffer if individuals are dissatisfied and have problems with each other. Gallup’s research, which is an authority in such topics, showed that communication plays a major role within the team, and the role of the coach is to bring it to a quality level that will ensure productivity and pleasant coexistence.  A functional team will always surpass a valuable individual – we are stronger together. Within the team itself, it is important to respect each other and recognize the positive contribution – it should not only be vertical (from employers to employees), but also horizontal (among employees), the so-called “Recognition”.

An anecdote about a team… do you recognize yourself in it?

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have. 

This metaphor illustrates the situation of a dysfunctional team and the attitude of dissatisfied employees. The way you can avoid this situation is to build a team based on the strength of individuals.

What is a strengths-based team?

In fact, it is a group of individuals who complement each other – each one has a talent that the other lacks and together they form a “superorganism”. They value each other and need each other to achieve great results – they are aware of the talents of other individuals in the group and recognize them for it and know each other’s preferences. If you allow individuals to do exactly what they are best at, the results will be immeasurable with anything so far and you will have a perfect team made up of imperfect individuals, and that is a priceless tool. Strengths-based team coaching teaches you the tools and techniques you can apply to achieve this, and some of them are:

  • help managers understand how to manage the talents of their employees and individualize the approach to fit each team member,
  • overcome related challenges using strengths-based strategies,
  • encourage engagement by helping teams discover, develop and use their talents,
  • support team members to improve their productivity and performance using individual and collective strengths.

As an experienced team coach who bases his methodology on a Strengths-based approach, I will help you choose the most appropriate strengths for your team and your situation and help you develop your weaknesses by applying your strengths to them. 

Sounds complicated? It is not. In the story of team coaching, it is important to understand that the client here is the team. Their dynamic will improve, and they will bring positive changes. A good team coach knows their team as well as parents know their children – they notice small changes in interpersonal relationships and their impact on overall dynamics and productivity. For everything to work together, team members must be ready for change and willing to put effort into the development of the whole group – team coaching is not a solution just for dysfunctional teams that need to be fixed, but a tool for improving each team and raising their business to a new level.