High performance sports teams have coaches to drive the group of athletes to perform at their best as a well-oiled machine. When everyone is in sync, and being accountable for their particular place in the team or on the field, everyone wins. When the team plan is frayed at the edges, or not everyone knows the state of play, then the wheels fall off and the team misses the mark.
A work team has much in common with a sports team. When the team works towards a shared goal, supporting each other’s strengths, backing up around gaps and holding themselves and each other accountable they are a formidable force.
When working with teams we apply this simple, but highly effective analogy. We work together to identify team vision and goals, strengths and gaps, capacity for stretch and growth before moving into framework and strategies for growth and success.
Team members arrive at work knowing their purpose. They understand their part on the team and how their strengths enhance the team’s culture, productivity and outcomes. They have back-up when they want another opinion, or a different lens on a problem or issue and they know they will be held accountable by their team members when they lose sight of the team.
Team managers who may have found themselves stuck in the weeds because of ongoing issues within the team can stop micro-managing and get on with the more strategic aspects of their roles. Team managers and leaders participate as a team member in the team coaching program and the framework developed by the team frees the Manager up from micro-management and gives the team members their agency.
Large, medium and small organisations all rely on the effectiveness of their teams to demonstrate an interoperability that reflects they are working towards the shared vision, purpose and goals that achieves success in their endeavour.
Teams benefit from the objective assessment of a team coach who can work with them to develop an effective team platform and the knowledge, skills and abilities to work in sync.