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Coaching the Team at Work by David Clutterbuck

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CHAPTER THREECoaching the team

“When the team is managed by coaching, the job gets done well and the team develops at the same time.” I Sir John Whitmore1

There isn’t a commonly accepted definition of team coaching, perhaps because teams differ so much in nature and purpose. The working definition that has evolved from our work with organizations and teams is:

Helping the team improve performance, and the processes by which performance is achieved, through reflection and dialogue.

It’s not perfect, but it works for most teams.

Equally, there isn’t a standard role definition for the team coach. In the examples overleaf, England rowing coach Jurgen Grobler is clearly describing a hands–on style of sports coaching very different from that of former ...

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