Driving Team Performance

Research* points to team coaching being the fastest-growing coaching specialism globally. It is now one of the hottest topics in professional leadership development and, according to the 2018 Deloitte Human Capital Survey, the leading global trend is for increased teamwork at board level.

The 6th Ridler Report backs this up, with its own finding that 76% of organisations expect to increase their use of team coaching.

About Team Coaching

Team coaching enables teams to identify and address their challenges over a coaching programme lasting several months – resulting in deep learning and sustainable change. It involves coaching the team together as well as one-to-one coaching for individuals, and observing and supporting team meetings and events.

With team coaching, a team can develop together, clarify its purpose, goals and ways of working, reconnect with stakeholders and better understand their needs, and identify powerful new ways to contribute to its organisation’s success.

It’s also a valuable organisational development tool and can play an important part in culture change programmes.

The growth in team coaching is partly driven by organisations looking for new ways to enable their teams to develop among increasing evidence that leadership development programmes fail to yield long-term results. People attending leadership training often struggle to put what they’ve learned into practice with their teams. Meanwhile team away-day and team-building events are usually too superficial and rarely lead to lasting change.

Team coaching is not only beneficial for board-level teams, but also for any management or leadership team, newly formed or merged teams, or those needing to raise their performance.

The AoEC and Systemic Team Coaching®

We provide team coach training, in-house coaching for teams and tailored coaching consultancy services for organisations looking to support teams to become high performing, adapt to change or take their performance to the next level.

Through taking a ‘systemic’ approach, we facilitate the team in considering the various systems in which they operate.

Systemic Team Coaching®:

  • Is a powerful intervention for creating high-performing teams – including leadership, board and management teams
  • Lasts several months and is more rigorous than traditional team building events
  • Creates alignment on the team’s purpose and collective leadership
  • Enables effective engagement with stakeholders
  • Focuses the team on the value it can add
  • Improves team dynamics and ways of working
  • Enhances how the team learns and develops

Find out seven things you should know about team coaching.

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If you would like to discuss how we can help your business today, please contact:

Our Team Coaching Training and Services

Team Coach Training

The AoEC has developed ICF-accredited Systemic Team Coaching Certificate and Diploma-level training programmes in partnership with Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership at Henley Business school. We work in partnership to provide learning opportunities around the world, including in North America, China, Africa and across Europe. View dates here.

Our open programme can also be delivered in-house for your HR practitioners, OD specialists and internal coaches. Our Certificate provides a thorough introduction to the core concepts in Systemic Team Coaching as well as the opportunity to apply them in a client simulation.

Creating a team coaching programme in your organisation

Our team of coaching consultants work with you to develop a bespoke programme, through which the team explores their role and purpose, team dynamics and ways of working, stakeholder relationships, and the value they can collectively add to the organisation. A team coaching programme is usually more effective and cost-efficient than one-to-one executive coaching for each team member, as it encourages them to work together and develop collective leadership. For more information click here.

Team Connect 360 diagnostic and feedback workshop

Gain powerful insights into how your team is viewed by its stakeholders, members and the other teams which report into it through our Team Connect 360 tool. A quick and easy way to gain contributors’ views, feedback is given online and the results automatically collated into a clear and easy-to-understand report. The team 360 diagnostic can be a strong input for team reviews, planning sessions and goal setting, and is often part of the first stage of a team coaching programme.

We can organise a TC360 for your team with a feedback workshop with one of our team coaching consultants.

Systemic Team Leadership Programme

This in-house programme introduces your  managers and leaders to the Five Disciplines Model of High-Performing Teams, created by AoEC Honorary President, Peter Hawkins. Participants also experiment with a variety of tools and models for developing their teams, as well as core coaching skills for team leaders. The programme usually starts with Team Connect 360 analysis report on each team, providing insights about its strengths and development areas.

This is a flexible programme which can be tailored to your organisation’s needs and usually includes participants working together in learning groups for several months after a two-day introduction, as they coach their own teams to develop and support each other in a learning community. Contact neil.atkinson@aoec.com for more information.

AoEC blog

Our blog brings together news, opinion, and perspectives from our staff, faculty and many guest bloggers. We aim to highlight the latest trends in executive coaching and team coaching, best practice and share real life business case studies. Read here.

Systemic Team Coaching® Case Studies 

Please click the image below to read about how a Systemic Team Coaching® intervention impacted this organisation.


Sources: * Henley, Ridler & Co and Sherpa.

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