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Knowing the Difference Between Group and Team Coaching Can Improve Productivity

Posted on the 10 February 2012 by Combi31 @combi31

Knowing the Difference Between Group and Team Coaching Can Improve Productivity

Group coaching is effective when used with peer and/or affinity groups – people with similar objectives who will co-create the group with the Executive Coach.

Team coaching is with a project team or organization where people may have been “assigned” to a team; they bring their organizational or personal objectives to the team which may influence the team cohesiveness, its effectiveness to meet project deadlines, and to create a team with “open” communication.

Leaders need to understand the differences and use an Executive coach who understands the difference and can improve coaching participants’ effectiveness and performance.

Group Coaching – Peer Groups and Affinity Groups
Groups are formed with the intention of maximizing the combined energy, experience and wisdom of individuals who choose to join and participate in the group.
Group coaching focuses on the members of the group. Group members commit to the success of the group, want to improve their performance and effectiveness, agree to share their challenges, experiences, and knowledge in a confidential session.

The Executive Coach co-creates the group with the group members and asks them to share and participate and holds the group members accountable to participate, to design their goals and action plans, and to try new behaviors.

Benefits to the group members and their organizations are:
Builds peer group cohesiveness
Creates a learning environment that supports taking new actions and moving forward
Encourages shifts in thinking and behavior
Increases self-awareness, self-management, decision making and career choices
Moves group members off “cruise control” and places them into “manual operation”
And, provides an economical way to improve performance and motivation

Team Coaching – Project Teams, Global Work Teams, and Organizational Teams
Team coaching is for teams – the team is a unit in which members have agreed or have been asked to participate to meet project and organizational goals.

Team Coaching moves the team to “win-win” mindset where members use “cooperative and collaborative” interaction to achieve the desired goal or result.

Team Coaching improves individual and team performance, members learn transferable skills they can use on other teams, and encourages members to improve their communication and active listening skills.

The Executive Coach’s role is to lead the group session, to ask questions to determine the current state of the Team and to move the Team into active learning. One of the key first questions is to determine if the team has Ground Rules in place that provide the processes and communication guidelines to achieve team goals.

Benefits for the team and their organization

  • Achieve organizational goals
  • Encourage problem solving
  • Produce results as a team
  • Improve communication and listening skills
  • Improve interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence skills
  • Learn skills for team interaction and collaboration through shared goals and objectives

Knowing the Difference Between Group and Team Coaching Can Improve Productivity

Author: Valerie Pelan Article Source:

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