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Wendy Buckingham / Creator, Life Coaching Professionally
Becoming a skilled team building coach can take your coaching business to a to a new and profitable level.
There are great opportunities for a team building coach but you do need to have mastered some specific skills to be successful. So read on to find out what it's all about.
It's quite likely that a small business or corporate client who has benefited from working with you as in individual will ask you to help make his staff into a more cohesive team.
Or a family member you have been helping with life coaching issues may decide that they would like you to work with the rest of the family so they can have better relationships and communication.
This is where having mastered the skills of coaching teams will really pay off.
It can can be challenging for both the team building coach and the members of the team to go through the process of transforming a group of individuals into a harmonious efficient and productive unit.
I love Dr Bruce Tuckman’s 1965 model of the progression of building an effective team – Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. You can read in detail how this model works on Wikipedia.
Coaching teams can also be very active and involve fun team building games and exercises. How people play games is often a reflection of how they will operate within a team.
This can alert individuals and the coach to their behaviours in stress situations and can also reveal valuable problem solving strategies.
There are loads of books on Amazon that list basic games that you can develop into your own model. Quick Team-Building Activities is a good start.
Some life coaching schools offer courses that specifically focus on working with teams and I would recommend you don't attempt team coaching until you have invested in some specific training in this area.
A vital thing to remember when helping a team set a goal for the whole team is that each member of the team needs to "own" the goal.
That is, they must see a benefit for themselves in achieving it as well as for the whole team.
Make sure you get each member of the team to identify the personal benefit they will get from the team goal being achieved.
It's recognising and acknowledging this benefit that will be their motivation and combat any lack of enthusiasm they may have that can affect the team effort.
If just one member of the team is not committed to the goal and can't see any personal benefit, it can sabotage the success of the goal.
You’ll also find more information on setting and facilitating group goals in my book Be Your Own Goals Coach which is a great goal setting template for coaches working with any sort of group from a business partnership to managing a sales team.
Coaching in team building skills often starts off with each person taking a personality or operating style profile the coach is accredited in such as Myers Briggs, Disc, LSI or , the one I have found particularly useful, the Kolbe™ Method.
There are literally hundreds of such profiles to choose from and you may already have a favourite. If not, hunt around to find one out that is easy to interpret and understand and gives useful results. Becoming an affiliate of the profile can be an extra income stream.
The profile results will enable the you to help businesses and organizations create teams of any goal or purpose with the right people in the right roles for optimum effectiveness.
Individuals may need to be coached on the interpretation of their profile results and any changes in behavior or situation that those results may indicate needs to happen.
Or it may be recommended that a particular team member could benefit from some individual coaching rather than in the group situation.
This individual coaching may often be provided and allowed for as part of the coaching package or quoted and charged for separately.
Just a few of the life coaching jobs or niches for the team building coach are:
I hope these tips for a team building coach have been of value both to your coaching business and as something to use when working with clients who may need guidance in creating their best team.
If you are still puzzling over how to choose your coaching speciality you can read more about choosing and marketing your coaching niche including some great advice and free tools from expert Cindy Schulson.