OPINION: TALKING TEAMS – TEAM DETOX

When conflict enters effective team relations they can quickly turn toxic. Team coaching can help organisations find an antidote, says Georgina Woudstra   A team is a spider’s web of interconnected relationships – touch one strand and the whole web feels the effect. What’s more, most teams sit within wider organisational systems – webs within webs – each impacting the other. In organisational life, you are in relationships and all relationships have conflict, even the successful ones. While effective relationships are not the only predictor of team performance, when relationships become toxic, people’s energy focuses on internal politics, silos and […]

OPINION: TEAM COACHING – RAISING INCOMPETENCE

Are the issues raised by the Peter Principle – rewarding success at work – surmountable through coaching? Robert Yeo reports A recent Harvard Business Review article on The Peter Principle (Benson, Li & Shue, 2018), prompted me to reflect on how coaching could be used to raise ‘the level of incompetence’ and ultimately prevent the paradox from establishing itself and derailing a client’s career. Having previously spent the first half of my career, over 20 years, working in large professional and financial services organisations, I had witnessed the problems the principle identifies first hand.   The Peter Principle The Peter […]

TEAM COACHING: CLAIMING AND LETTING GO

Presence is a tricky problem for team coaches, notes Erik de Haan. You want to help the team reflect, but you also want it to be in charge   Obviously, as a team coach you want to help a team to reflect more deeply, to innovate and become stronger at addressing and resolving issues. Team coaching is different from team building or team facilitating or team chairing: in a coach role, you cannot just claim your presence and ‘lead’ the team. Indeed, presence with the team is delicate and tricky. You are aiming for ‘not too much’ but also for […]