Executive Team Coaching
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