“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 ...