Here are 6 telling signs that your team needs a coach. Having a coach doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with the team. It essentially means that the team needs a “mirror” to see their own blind spots, so that they can start to become aware of these blind spots and have new choice for action.

  1. You want to prepare the team / individual for the next level assignment
    The team has been doing well. You want the team to take the next level assignment. You want them to play big. Make bigger promises. And you want to support them to make this big promise and coordinate actions to achieve these big results.
  2. They have gotten into a rut, and are not able to come out of it
    Often, teams get into a rut doing what they have been doing. Some times, they are in a rut, and they are even blind about being in this rut. What’s worse, many teams even think that they are doing well. This is when you need whack them out of their slumber; support them in getting out of their rut, and invite them to different games to be played and won.
  3. Results are not being achieved (and according to them, it’s not their fault)
    When you start to see teams blame, either each other or the external environment for not delivering their results, you know it’s time to bring in a coach. One of the most common missing elements within teams is a team member taking responsibility for the team promise. Frequently, individuals take responsibility for their own promises, but rarely for the team promise.
  4. Have the intention to succeed, but don’t know how to succeed
    Often, we come across teams that are highly inspired, and motivated. They just don’t know what to do next. They have all the intention to succeed. They just don’t know how to.
  5. The impact of this team not delivering results has a huge impact on the organizational results
    Some teams in organizations have more importance than the other teams. When these teams do not deliver results, then the entire organization pays a price for it. This can also be true for individuals. Such individuals and teams need to be specially taken care of and supported.
  6. The mood of the team is disempowered
    There is only very little a disempowered team can achieve. They way a disempowered team “listens” to possibilities and “responds” to possibilities is very different from teams that are empowered and raring to go.

If you see any of the above signs in your team, then time has come to seek help to ensure that your team delivers on the team promise. Often, we see teams do not even have a team promise. We have helped many teams create and achieve promises across organizations and industries and will be happy to support you too.

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