Executive team coaching probably has the highest return on investment of any coaching. Very few executive teams we have come across have achieved the necessary balance between trust, robust conversations and holding each other accountable to achieve team effectiveness and collaboration on a commercial level. The starting point is different in every team, but improvements can be made quickly and lead to dramatic business outcomes.
We use a combination of team workshops, attending regular ELT meetings and individual coaching to impact executive team effectiveness and collaboration. All our work is done in the normal context of managing the business, we don’t play games or create scenarios. We work on whatever problems are current in the business and reflect on how the team members approach collaboration, problem solving, giving feedback and holding others accountable.
Our coaching for executive teams is well-suited to addressing the following issues:
- Working effectively as a leadership team
- Balancing strategic and operational focus
- Improving collaboration and trust
- Enabling robust discussions in the team
- Using effective decision making strategies
We start any executive team coaching process with 1-on-1 interviews with all team members so that we can establish trust before going into the group workshops. We sometimes use a team effectiveness survey to collect confidential data before the initial workshop to work through the current issues and to build the commitment required for the follow-up interventions that will lead to successful behaviour change in the long term. We also recommend using the Leadership Development Framework to help team members understand their true ability to think and act strategically.
We normally combine the team workshops with individual coaching of all or selected executive team members. As with our approach to individual coaching, we work with 2 coaches in the room at all times. We are prepared to call inappropriate or ineffective behaviours in the moment and work with the group or individuals through the underlying issues. At the same time, we will never open a ‘can of worms’ that we can’t close.
Executive team coaching is business outcome focused and is based on our extensive experience in working with executive leadership team teams in fast-growing businesses and medium sized enterprise. To learn more about how we can tailor an intervention to your needs, Contact Us today.