Executive Team Coaching

We help teams to achieve sustainable high performance: reaching their targets and producing high-quality work to serve multiple stakeholders (themselves, team members, internal and external ‘clients,’ and hopefully society overall). By systematically weaving culture into coaching, we help teams achieve greater creativity, unity and impact through the synthesis of diverse cultural viewpoints.

Aims are defined more precisely for each team coaching project, but we typically help team members:

  • Develop mutual understanding, trust and pleasure in working together;
  • Increase their awareness of current team performance;
  • Become conscious of personal strengths, weaknesses, preferences and the implications for teamwork;
  • Sharpen their communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Foster creativity and leverage diverse viewpoints to effectively address complex business challenges;
  • Articulate their contribution to the organization, taking into account the overall vision and strategy, forces in the external environment, internal culture, competencies, structure and systems;
  • More generally, articulate how their work will serve various stakeholders and how it will make the world a better place for future generations (social, environmental and economic benefits);
  • Develop their commitment around a common purpose and concrete action plans; and,
  • Enhance their ability to work together (including cross-culturally and remotely).

Football fans know that putting together a group of talented players does not mean you have a winning team. Nobody would dream of football players becoming a great team automatically. Coaching is indispensable. Yet, when it comes to executive groups, managers still frequently entertain the fantasy that somehow high-performance can be achieved by concentrating solely on the business agenda and without any coaching.

Cultural diversity is a double-edge sword. Poorly handled, it becomes a problem, which drives team performance down. Effectively exploited, it becomes a source of progress for the team.

Our powerful process for coaching executive teams, the 10-Co steps, is described in detail in Mastering Executive Coaching (pp. 136-142).

Our 10-Co steps are:

Contracting -> Context -> Connecting -> Consultation -> Conception -> Coaching and co-design -> Construction -> Coming together -> Commitments -> Continuing

This process has supported me and met the needs it was intended to address beyond the expectations of the whole team. Not only have the issues previously identified been positively dealt with, but the group has been able to move on, capable of dealing with increased levels of complexity…We have established a new and exciting future together.
Peter Leyland
Vice President, Baxter Healthcare /currently CEO at Sibelius Natural Products
Your expertise in facilitating a dynamic –and often challenging- group of opinionated professionals was clearly evidenced by the successful outcome of the meeting. The overwhelming feedback from the various team members was that this was one of the most productive, and positive meetings in our collective experiences.
Jenifer Rinehart
Vice President, Chubb Insurance /currently Executive Vice President & CHRO at Preferred Mutualf