Team Building & Coaching
For any organization that is comprised of more than a single employee, work is planned, prepared, and performed in teams. They are the networks that act as bridges between a company’s individuals and the organization.
Every grouping of individuals can be thought of as a team. Variable to the organization’s structure and size, a single employee could be a member of several teams simultaneously at any given time. They may be part of a specific project team, the management team, and all sorts of teams in between.
High-Performing vs. Low- or Non-Performing Teams
When team members work well together, the harmony creates a smooth and efficient workflow with reduced stress and increased productivity. The way in which team members interact with one another has a direct and significant impact on the team’s overall performance. When team members work together while placing highest priority on the team’s goals rather than on their own individual needs and goals, productivity flourishes.
Unfortunately, teams often fall short of their potential. The evidence points to a negative reality of the modern workplace – that many, if not most, teams fail to harness their collective capability to anywhere near the true extent of their potential. When the members of a team have discord and focus on their individual goals, performance and productivity both suffer greatly.
As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
Role and Benefits of a Team Building Coach
A team building coach can provide support and promote stronger bonds between team members by providing guidance in crucial areas. Through team coaching, team members will develop key team performance skills such as conflict management, setting behaviour expectations, communication, maximization of individual skill sets, decision making, and team building.
Fundamentally, a team building coach helps facilitate the transition from the team’s current state to its improved and more desirable future state. Coaching encourages and creates change by expanding choice, increasing awareness, and deepening teammates’ trust in themselves and each other.
Effective team coaching helps teams improve key areas – focusing on improving communication, eliminating destructive behaviours, and building rapport – to equip team members with the tools to work together to deliver better results.