In November 2020, Acorn’s Keith Longney and long-standing friend Peter Hart set a new official Guinness World Record for kayaking a two man kayak the length of Loch Ness, setting a new record time
In this fifth and final paper on Acorn’s guide to Team Coaching we consider Impact and Learning and their role in shaping team performance. If Primary Purpose describes the planned destination, then Impact is about sensing and adapting to reality as the journey progresses.
In this fourth paper on Acorn’s guide to Team Coaching we look at the critical factors affecting how and why Team Members best contribute to and/or derail effective teamwork. In doing so we highlight opportunities to build beneficial, and discourage unhelpful, behaviours. Our purpose here is the ongoing engagement and development of team behaviours that contribute to the purpose. People are enabled to get the job done by creating the right conditions for team working.
In this third paper in this series, we look at structures that will support the team’s purpose. We will again see that the primary purpose and the mutual theme of enabling teamwork determine our approach. “What we want it to be like around here” shapes “how we do things around here”.
In these unprecedented times we are all having to adapt the way we live and the way we work. But the world hasn’t just stopped turning; projects still need to make tangible progress; work packages still need to be delivered and KPIs (albeit adjusted) remain to run the rule as ever.
In this the second paper in the series, we turn our attention to the importance and impact of Primary Purpose and Team Leadership in creating an effective team. The Primary Purpose is important in that it has caused the team’s existence. Within this dimension of our Team Coaching model, the team and its leader have to lay the foundations of the twin imperatives; achievement of the primary purpose and developing effective teamwork.
It just so happens that this has been written at a time of turmoil for society and organisations alike. The pandemic has turned normal life on its head and made every-day work interactions difficult or even impossible. However, it has given people a very clear and uniting challenge that has focused attention and driven real collaboration and innovation.
For the last three years, Acorn Coaching and Development has hosted an annual gathering of senior leaders from the UK division of an international corporate. There was a need for the company to leverage the expertise and latent leadership within its leadership team to increase the rate and impact of change to keep ahead of external changes and emerging markets.
When a new advanced programme schedule was introduced with a target of saving four years and potentially millions from the original budget, team performance was also going to have to step up a gear.
Having supported Zambian student Izzac Nkhata for 4 years through university, Acorn are now sponsoring Josepha, a 7 year old girl from Kigali in Rwanda. We will be contributing to Josepha’s education through the Kinamba Community Project (www.kinambaproject.org.uk) and our sponsorship will cover teacher’s salaries, school uniform, materials and food, ensuring that she gets at…