When we think about Team Coaching and how to choose the right team coaching course – we think about sports teams – they’re all working hard, rallying around, supporting each other and going out with the right mindset and intent time and time again.
One of the great things about team coaching a group of people is seeing how the individuals within the team create a sense of wellness by adopting a learning mindset.
As a Team Coach, I believe one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the power of learning. Creating time and space for ourselves to learn more about who we are and what matters to us enables us to be the best high-performing version of ourselves. This then, in turn, allows us to show up for the team.
What happens in a Team Coaching session?
We encourage the skill and ability to learn and grow through questions, discussions, feedback, sharing best practices etc. As a result, we can improve our existing skills and become high-performing teams – if we want to!
Recognising that our brain is smart and that we can believe you can do it enables us to give something new a go. This, in turn, allows the team to flourish and be successful.
We can lift others up if they’re feeling a bit low, and we can harness the experience of having ‘been there, done that’ from more seasoned team members.
Adopting a growth mindset during team coaching means we can adapt, adjust and alter our approach with levels of emotional intelligence that we know will make a difference to the team. For example, we learn from the moment we are born, and this learning continues throughout our lifetime.
As Carol Dweck says, “effort is one of those things that give meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you, and you are willing to work for it”. So: what is important to you?
Ask yourself – do you have a love for learning?
If the answer is “no”, then ask yourself – why not?!
More now than ever, we have resources at our fingertips that enable us to learn about ourselves, our world, and our universe. Wow! What a privilege to be able to learn new things – if we want to!
The one thing that can rear its ugly head in team coaching is this – ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” as a Coach who has worked with lots of teams over the years, I reply with – “show me the old dog, and I’ll show you how it feels to learn some new tricks”!!
To connect the feeling of mastering something new and producing “something” at the end of investing your time, patience and commitment to enhancing your level of wisdom is the best feeling ever.
We will make mistakes as we learn new things
None of us was able to get into a car for the first time and know how to drive – we had to go through a process of learning to be able to now step into our cars and drive without having to overthink about it.
Tracking your progress as you embark on your own learning journey is the best way to recognise your achievements and successes for you and your team. It also shows you that you can do “hard” things as your brain is brilliant, and you have an unwavering belief that you can.
Giving up at the first hurdle is a sign that you could be fixed in your way of thinking about learning. My old nan used to say, “if it were easy – then everyone would be doing it!”. It took me a while to truly understand what she really meant by that.
Now, more than ever, I embrace the opportunity to learn something new – either from someone else, reading, researching, or going onto a webinar.
There is always something new that you can learn – if you want to.
The same happens within Team Coaching – if you want to learn from each other – then set your team up to be able to learn – it’s not that difficult. After that, it’s up to you to embrace your “inner fox” and be agile and willing to adapt and learn as you go.
Creating your own personalised team learning plan tailored to you and your team members is something you can all maintain, monitor and celebrate the mini-milestones you achieve along the way.
Your own unique PLP is yours to own – understand the reason why you want to learn something new; create a plan that gives you options to explore different ways of learning (there is not one size fits all).
Accept that with small, incremental steps you will build up your skill levels (remember we didn’t realise how hard it was to drive a car until we got behind the wheel for the first time). Then, with purposeful practice, we can see our progress.
Putting the effort in and focusing on getting better means that we are more likely to embrace the challenges we could be faced with and persevere to find a way to overcome them.
Team Coaching enables the team to embrace the challenges and put things in place to overcome these hurdles along the way.
To then review and reflect on the what and the how enables growth. It also lets the team refresh and renew and go again.
If we can see mistakes as learning opportunities and a way of improving who we are as humans, we can grow, develop and thrive in the world we live in today.
Our wellness is directly linked to the ability to learn new ways of doing things that make us feel better about ourselves. And who doesn’t really want that? I know I do – what about you?
The more we love learning, the more we can live on purpose and find ways that reinforce just how incredible we are as
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