- The target in team coaching is not the individual but an already existing work team. Team coaching should not be confused with team building activities (which are a training program aimed at accelerating and supporting the establishment of a team). The methodological approach of team coaching is identical to an individual path; however, it is focused on the optimization of actions and team dynamics. The team is considered as a unit which is intended to improve its performance or the inner functioning. Even in the case of team coaching, the goal to be achieved is determined by the team itself.
- Possible topics include: the identification or recognition of the common goals, the identification of the members of the team, shared team rules, the promotion of diversity, the outward visibility, the value system, the internal conflicts between members or conflicts between the team and the external environment, etc.
- Like the individual paths, a team coaching path includes a ʽchemistry meetingʼ in which the coach and the members have the opportunity to get to know each other in order to establish the terms of their collaboration.
The following team coaching meetings last for 3-4 hours and take place in a private room at the headquarter of the client. Each path includes from 4 to 8 meetings on average, with an interval of 3-4 weeks between one meeting and the other.
- During a team coaching path different tools and methods can be used, depending on the specific requirements.
As an example, we mention the HBDI assessment to identify the thought and behavioral individual profile of each team member and the mode called ‘shadow coaching’ that can detect characteristics, approaches and expressive behaviors of the team involved with the ‘silent’ presence of the coach during the meeting to provide later constructive feedback on what has been observed.
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