A new approach to coaching

For a few years now coaching has been a fairly mainstream offering. Most businesses have engaged a coach or team of coaches at some stage in the journey. Or, perhaps one or two of the executive team have engaged individuals that they get value from working with. In most markets, the business world has become comfortable with reaching out for support that is beyond their own skillset. While consultants for specific areas have been a standard engagement, coaches tend to be engaged when individuals are interested in taking things a bit deeper, searching for some stretch in the way they do things or looking to shift their perspectives and grow.

One hurdle of coaching in businesses is consistency. With individuals employing different coaches, there can be a large range of approaches within one organisation. This can lead to some confusion between people as well as missing an opportunity to create real cohesion and create a “common language” understanding across the business. However, it can be costly to offer coaching to a whole leadership team, and certainly to a wider business.

To counter some of these drawbacks, recently, we’ve been working with our clients on a team-coaching approach.

Across 12 months, the business has access to 6 team coaching sessions to use as and when they need to. They can either book those in ahead of time or use them as issues and opportunities arise. To keep the coaching applicable and relevant, the business meets with us to determine what the most pressing topic is and that is the focus of the session.

Team coaching has many benefits. Firstly, it allows everyone to be presented with the same approach to addressing an issue that can then be used outside of coaching sessions. It also requires a safe environment to be created so that every person can show up and fully engage in the session. This means some time needs to be spent up front detailing and agreeing on behaviours and how they will be held up to keep everyone feeling safe. The initial creation of this safe space is part of the process, but the ongoing sessions reinforce this and help build a culture that ensures that everyone is really able to be their best selves outside of the session too.

Being coached together or in front of our peers can be confronting but when the groundwork is laid well, it also allows the most creative, free-flowing ideas to come forth and the business to flourish. Individuals feel well-heard, fully supported and able to bring their whole selves to the table.

Bringing a coaching approach to the way a management or leadership team works together also sets the foundations for leaders to coach their teams. Personal and professional development become part of the overall approach of the business which both retains and attracts great talent.

Finally, when coaching is offered as an approach to engagement across the business, self-responsibility is heightened as it is a fundamental principle of a coaching process.

Of course, last but not least, team coaching is a more financially viable way of supporting a leadership team (as opposed to many individual programs).

To review, team coaching can offer many advantages for any business, including:

  • consistent approach for issue resolution
  • creation of a psychologically safe workplace
  • engaged, open conversations
  • creative, thoughtful idea creation
  • a format for coaching inside and outside of the room
  • a business that focuses on development as a priority
  • self-responsibility as a foundational value
  • more financially viable.

We’d love to talk to you about how team coaching can support your team(s) so you can look forward to a more engaged, creative, open and self-responsible group of leaders. Contact us to learn more.