Making the Invisible, Visible
While teams are vital to organizational performance, research shows that many teams are not high performing. Of 120 Senior Leadership Teams researched by Dr. Ruth Wageman & her colleagues, only 21% were deemed effective (2008) Work conducted by Price and Toye in 2017 says that only 13% of 3000 teams surveyed were highly effective. We seem to be missing the competencies, skills and ways of teaming.
Structural impediments persist. Centuries old command and control governance models produces Leaders who have been rewarded for taking personal accountability rather than sharing responsibility required of teams. The nature of our world with wicked problems such as this current pandemic call for greater amounts of distributed leadership, collaboration and an acceptance of our interdependence. This means a letting go of status and control and a relinquishing of established norms and ways of working that can stifle creativity and collaboration.
“It has been suggested that being in and learning to cooperate in groups is at the root of not only our business success but ‘of all our achievements as a species”
The current pandemic has reminded us of our humanity. Working with others is at the heart of our human condition. Team members, all humans, have a desire to belong, to demonstrate competence and have a measure of accountability. It is tricky establishing all three. Conflict & simmering tension on teams is often a consequence. Team coaching has evolved in response to real time issues. A team coach works live with a team at work.
Improving the factors that impede team performance, social and emotional intelligence and combining both with an approach that optimises the essential conditions for team effectiveness such as; a compelling purpose, the right team members, being a real team, sound structures and a supportive context is the work of Team Coaching. If we accept that teams are the new unit of currency in organisations, we must also accept that to commission teams to be the creative forces they can be requires work, support & development in a sustainable manner. One of the enabling conditions for team effectiveness is coaching, which is why Team Coaching has grown as a legitimate response .
If we accept that teams are the new unit of currency in organisations, we must also accept that to commission teams to be the creative forces they can be requires work, support & development in a sustainable manner. One of the enabling conditions for team effectiveness is coaching, which is why Team Coaching has grown as a legitimate response.
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