As more executives see the value of private coaching, they look to provide the same value for their teams. In part to save money, but also to create an internal environment where the team learns together and collaboration happens more fluently.
Now with so many of us working from home, coaching your team virtually, through Zoom or other platforms, can help everyone manage change and be their best.
Getting real results
Group coaching can be quite rewarding for the company and the team. I’ve seen teams walk away with a sense of teamwork and camaraderie they just didn’t have before.
We can develop a sense of trust and emotional safety because the individual members get to know each other on a deeper level that they may not have on a day to day at work basis.
Group coaching is especially effective in companies where roles are siloed or those working from home feel isolated. Without some kind of personal connection there may be little understanding of what each other is doing, much less who they are as human beings.
If conflict within the team is an issue, where the team is becoming divided (othering) we can bring them together through any number of exercises crafted to fit the needs and inclinations of the team.
These exercises are successful because they take us out of our usual rut in the office and once we are OK with being a little vulnerable with each other, trust is established and it's easier to speak to each other as humans. This trust, once developed, continues to flourish after the initial practice. We check in periodically with other practices or work with individuals as desired.
Perhaps our students love this type of interactive and personal exercise so much because it's generally lacking in their lives. They have superficial conversations with others in general, especially in the office, but these deeper, more personal connections are what we crave as humans.
I love working with teams because change happens more quickly when everyone is involved. Coaching one person may not address underlying corporate issues that can be helped with a little time with the team. In addition, it’s scalable financially and in time invested by everyone involved.
When you get a team really engaged with each other and practicing together it can be mind-blowing, and the ripple effect can be felt throughout the company. Group dynamics can “un-stick” old habits and ways of thinking with the support of the team.