Once in a generation, we have the opportunity to reimagine how we work. Thanks to the development and extensive roll-out and take-up of COVID-19 vaccines, the coming year presents such an opportunity.
Whether leaders are ‘born’ or ‘made’ is an age-old debate. When people are asked this question, generally the response is ‘leaders are made’. Ask whether they see themselves as a leader and the response is often ‘I’m in the role but wouldn’t say I’m the ‘leader’’.
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 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.
Team building has been a lucrative offering for training companies for decades. Any product manager knows that as a product moves through its lifecycle maximising profit depends on adjusting the marketing mix; so does this mean that ‘team coaching’, a term that is being increasingly used, is merely team building in new clothes?
Over the past two decades, Acorn has provided coaching support internationally to wide-ranging industries and organisations, from construction to media, pharmaceutical to nuclear. Each industry and each individual organisation faces its own set of unique challenges, and coaches offer higher value to clients when they are aware of the impact of these challenges.