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.