The worlds of Business and Sport share much the same goals – to achieve outstanding performance and results.
Those involved in team sports know how important team effort and cohesion is in achieving those goals and understand the vital part that team coaching plays in harnessing individual strengths within one focussed unit.
A recent report from Henley Business school highlights how sharing feedback and challenging each other to help improve performance, comes as second nature to sports teams, with a coach or manager facilitating that discussion. Whereas, in business there is “less of an instinct to open up that dialogue” and “giving appreciative and developmental feedback remains an untapped skill in many executives”.
So is business missing a trick? It certainly looks like it.
The benefits of team coaching drawn from organisations which use the approach are compelling
• increased engagement and productivity
• breaking down ‘silos’
• supporting teams to work across broader project environments
• increased trust and cohesion
• increased independence, with teams working together to find their own solutions to problems.
So why isn’t more team coaching taking place?
The research cited two key reasons – managers not trained and therefore not confident to undertake team coaching and not understanding the benefits.
The evidence suggests that those organisations prepared to overcome those barriers gain a distinct competitive advantage, through better communication, better use of skills and improved working relationships. Individual coaching has been on the rise for some time, so maybe it is time for Managers to take the next step and embrace a team coaching approach – just as a high performing sports team does.
I joined Stella and Tracy at Focal Point in 2003 and have seen both the Company and my role evolve during this time. I now work closely with the management team to achieve and improve business efficiently. To re-energise myself after a day in the office, I like to go to Zumba classes in the evening!