Some team experiences stand out as exceptional while others can be wrought with tension and difficulty, no matter how talented the individual team members may be. Why is it that talent isn't enough? It's the interaction between team members that makes the difference. The team is the limit for what's possible, not the sum of the individual talents on the team.
In our team coaching approach, we utilize the Team Diagnostic™ assessment, to get the team's view on their current state as our starting point. You might think of this as a team selfie. Every team is dynamic, with its own unique personality, conscious and unconscious rules of engagement, beliefs, blind spots, and emotions.
Our team coaching engagements are typically 6 months long, bookended by an initial full-day workshop and a closing workshop. At the initial workshop, we reveal the results of the Team Diagnostic™ and work with the team to accomplish the following objectives:
- Assess where they are today as a team and envision where they want to be in six months
- Determine what specific actions they can take – individually and collectively – to close the gap between their current and desired state
- Commit to an action plan with clear strategies and accountability in place to create ongoing improvement with the ultimate aim of furthering the team’s mission and goals
- Begin to develop team agreements
Following the initial workshop, we meet regularly over 6 months (typically 1 or 2 times per month) for team coaching. A one day offsite is not enough for deep, lasting change. Through the ongoing team coaching, we help the team live up to the agreements they make to one another, so that they can be more effective, engaged leaders, making the impact that is important to their mission. We also provide training targeted for issues identified by the team, as needed.
“Our OptimizeU coaches were instrumental in helping our newly formed Leadership Team. They knew when we struggled and when we got "stuck" on items and helped us push through. Without their encouragement and persistence, it would have been very easy for us to just say this is too difficult or we are too busy to address these items. But instead, through their leadership and guidance we pushed through and were able to make a significant difference to our overall company.”
-- Team Coaching Client