THE PROVEN WAY TO CREATE A TEAM THAT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS
After 20 years of global experience, I can now confidently say that one of the main challenges faced by corporations is getting teams and business units to collaborate effectively. To shift the focus from what they need and want to a broader focus on what the system needs or wants. In other words, to change the mindset from the inside-out to the outside-in.
But how can you prompt this shift in the mindset, bring down silos, and get teams and units to collaborate effectively for a bigger purpose?
Through the years I’ve encountered many team building and team coaching approaches, but these are usually held for a few days internally or externally and sometimes during an offsite team meetings where the main focus is on coaching the team as the individuals in it. Interpersonal relations, consensus and harmony are important in this approach.
I’ve also experienced coaching the team as a “living system” with an emphasis on the team as a whole rather than each member. In this approach dialogue, team dynamic, meetings, and collaboration are important.
But all these approaches have limited impact on performance especially in the area of collaboration. This is because it is given over a very limited time of two to three days and the main focus is on the individual or the relationship and dynamic within a team.
In today’s VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) times, where adapting to changes and having resilience are more vital than ever since things have never been more challenging or more full of opportunity, we need to rethink our approach to team development and to invest in approaches that will have a long lasting impact that transforms your business.
INVEST IN A TEAM DEVELOPMENT APPROACH THAT CAN RESULT IN A DRASTIC SHIFT IN THE TEAM'S MINDSET AND BEHAVIOR, A POWERFUL PROCESS THAT CAN TRULY TAKE A TEAM ON A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY.
A GAME CHANGING APPROACH
This where I believe Systemic Team Coaching is a game changing approach to team development. It’s a holistic approach and process that can have a long lasting impact on your organization’s overall performance. It involves working with a team over a period of time as an entity that creates value alongside and for stakeholders. The process uses a full range of consulting, coaching, training, and facilitating approaches to enable the team to think “outside-in” and bring “future back”. The entire team works with a certified coach(es) on five different dimensions, during which the company’s present and future needs are taken into account so the team can have the right tools and perspectives to yield results that better the organization at large. The emphasis is on cultivating awareness of multiple dynamics and influences and thereby empowering the team with the means to navigate external and internal factors so they can transform their performance.
Source: Leadership Team Coaching (3rd edition)
With that, success is anchored in the team’s internal energy, connection to others, work processes, and external environment. This approach was introduced by Peter Hawkins. As he explains “Systemic Team Coaching involves coaching the team together on the internal disciplines and coaching the team live in their engagement with their critical stakeholders. It also involves helping them become a learning team so they can sustain growing their individual and collective capacity, between and after the team coaching interventions.”
Hawkins sees a new phase in Systemic Team Coaching emerging: Eco-Systemic Team Coaching. Here the team is “co-evolving in dynamic relationship with its ever-changing ecosystem, with which it co-creates shared value.” It merges inter-team coaching with coaching strategizing processes, networks, and partnerships to bring together different teams and wider stakeholders, to foster a team-based corporate culture, and to unite people and companies under the banner of a shared objective.
Time to Transform
If your team is not performing optimally or reaching its full potential because of internal policies or lack of support from another department or low employee engagement, then Systemic Team Coaching can resolve all this and more. To be effective, it is important to find a qualified executive coach who is certified and licensed to carry out Systemic Team Coaching assessment and effectively facilitate the process.
About the Author
As Executive Director of Resilience & Co FZE, Nada El Marji is responsible for setting the company’s overall strategic direction, including planning and defining the strategy, development, and evolution of R&CO’s portfolio of services and programs.
She has more than 20 years of global experience in various industries and technologies.
Given her life and professional experience, she’s particularly passionate about building the resilience of individuals, organizations and communities, enabling them to thrive and not just to survive during VUCA times.
Ms El Marji holds an MBA degree from Leicester University in the UK, she's also a Certified Leadership Coach, Certified Systemic Team Coach and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF).