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Six Challenges of Coaching Virtual Teams

By Phillip Sandahl

With the rapid rate of technological innovation over the past couple of decades, the changes we’ve seen in the workplace have been considerable. With increasing frequency, more teams within more organizations are being created with members who are globally dispersed and connected only by technology. As team coaches, we need to learn how to do…

Team as a System

Coaching The Team as a System

By Phillip Sandahl

A team is a living system—more than a collection of individual parts. A team as a system has rules for belonging and behavior. Those rules are not written down in the employee handbook. New team members learn the rules by observing and by touching the hot wire or being rewarded with a pat on the…

Team Development

Team Development: What Does It Mean in Terms of Team Coaching?

By Phillip Sandahl

We’ve all been on teams and observed teams. There is an easy assumption to make that we know what a team is in terms of team development. The reality is, especially in the workplace, the mental model most followed as a team paradigm is way out of date or simply inadequate for the requirements placed…

Team Coaching Discovery Success in Six Steps

By Phillip Sandahl

A successful team coaching project starts with a clear understanding of the need, the fit an agreement on intended outcomes. Both the team coach and the team sponsor know: “where we are; where we’re headed; and how we’ll get there”. We use the placeholder, “team sponsor” for the organization’s role because that initiative may have…

Five Essential Competencies For Team Coaching Effectiveness

By Phillip Sandahl

Coaching a team is enormously gratifying work. It can also chaotic, engaging, turbulent, emotional, fun, frustrating, and surprising. All of that in a very short period of time, sometimes simultaneously. Although team coaching shares similarities with individual coaching or executive coaching it is a very different, public environment with layers of relationships and a unique…

The Business Case for Team Coaching

By Phillip Sandahl

For quite a while now there’s been a buzz around the subject of “team coaching” similar to what we saw with individual coaching 10 or 15 years ago. Team leaders, concerned about their own team’s performance, are asking for help and hearing for the first time about team coaching. Internal HR business partners and OD…