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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 […]

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TALKING TEAMS: THE GLUE THAT BINDS

Georgina Woudstra seeks to stimulate thinking around team coaching. Guest writer, Declan Woods, examines moving from non-cooperation to collaboration   In this issue I’ve invited Declan Woods to share his ideas on team collaboration, in particular what he calls ‘team glue’, a dimension from Middle Circle® for Teams (Coaching at Work, vol 13, issue 5), […]

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OPINION: TALKING TEAMS – THE NEW REVOLUTION

How can we define the role of the team coach? Georgina Woudstra is working towards a set of competencies for a global standard   Towards the end of 2018 I had the privilege of running our team coaching training programmes in Brazil and Budapest. One of the most frequent questions that participants ask me is […]

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TALKING TEAMS: DIVERGENT THINKING

Team coaches must enquire in order to be practitioners of transformative enquiry, suggests Allard de Jong, Georgina Woudstra’s guest writer this issue   Please allow me to suggest another way of speaking about what we do as team coaches. Not because I’m naïve enough to think that I will change the way a billion dollar […]

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TALKING TEAMS: PRODUCTIVE PATTERNS

To achieve team psychological safety, organisations must influence not only how people work, but how they work together, argues Georgina Woudstra   Teams are the building blocks of organisations. They have the potential to be more innovative, to find the best solutions, to discover mistakes faster and to make better decisions than any one member […]

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TALKING TEAMS: THE VITAL ROLE OF LEADERSHIP

Successful team coaching relies on a number of proven factors but if the team’s leaders lack focus, your work may collapse. Georgina Woudstra explains When I first started coaching teams I was very specific about the ingredients needed for it to be effective: clear purpose, collective goals, agreed norms, good understanding of each other and […]

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TALKING TEAMS: PREPARATIONS FOR A JOURNEY

Team coaches cannot turn around dysfunctional teams in a day. It takes longer and the path to it is just as important. Georgina Woudstra offers 10 waypoints Individual coaching is often described as a journey. There’s a start, a middle and an end and they each emerge through regular sessions and the passing of time. […]

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TALKING TEAMS: IS YOUR TEAM COACH-READY?

Georgina Woudstra seeks to stimulate thinking around the growing landscape of team coaching. This issue: two frameworks to gauge team readiness Imagine this scenario: you get a call from Sue, the HR director of a firm whose managing director has asked her to find a coach for his team. The team has 14 members, comprising […]

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TALKING TEAMS: THE ROLE OF THE TEAM COACH

Georgina Woudstra seeks to stimulate thinking around the growing landscape of team coaching. This issue: are you clear on your role? In our first Talking Teams, we looked at ‘What makes a team?’ (vol 12.6) and in the second, ‘What is team coaching?’ (vol 13.1). Answering these questions for ourselves is critically important to working […]

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TALKING TEAMS: WHAT IS TEAM COACHING?

This new column by Georgina Woudstra seeks to stimulate thinking around the growing landscape of team coaching In the 22 years since the International Coach Federation was founded, individual coaching has become robustly defined, grounded on a clear ethos and core coaching competencies. Organisations around the world have created schools based on this grounding, often […]

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