by Barbara J. Cormack (France)
Team or Group Coaching is all about working with more than one person at the same time. It is said that a ‘team’ is a group of people working together to achieve a common goal or outcome; whereas a ‘group’ maybe a number of people who have the same interest, but may not specifically be working together to achieve a common goal or outcome, rather may be working together to achieve a more personal but similar goal or outcome.
While coaching one person at a time is a very powerful way for that person to achieve their goal – personal and/or professionally, within a team focusing on one person at a time is only part of the whole picture. Working with the whole team, where the team has a single or common goal or expected outcome, gives each person within that team the opportunity to learn, reflect, grow, develop, and be part of the success of achieving the common goal.
Research shows that for teams and groups, the individual person’s opportunity to grow and develop is more dependent upon working within the team environment; than working on their own to achieve a team goal or outcome. Having said that though, where the team is a group of people working together who have no desire to succeed as a team, then the outcome of team coaching may be very limited.
Source: iCN Issue 19 (Group Dynamics: Team Coaching); pages 8-11
About Barbara J. Cormack
Barbara J. Cormack MNMC, CIAC, AFC, AFM is your leading Spiritual Coach, Mentor, Trainer, and published co-author and author. Barbara is an advocate of achieving in every arena of life and combines her extensive experience gained across her many different careers; to support her clients, colleagues, family, and friends achieve their dreams; become the best they can in all aspects of their lives; and find a true work/life balance. Clients hold Barbara in high esteem. Her style of working makes the possibility of sustainable change compelling, inviting, exciting and achievable; by combining her extensive background and experience with a keen insight into the demands of balancing the personal with the professional.