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Coaching the Team at Work by David Clutterbuck

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CHAPTER SIXThe self–coaching team

“Life is but an endless series of experiments.”| Mahatma Gandhi

It’s easy to get hooked on the role of team coach. It’s great to be wanted, appreciated and to see a group of people coalesce into a genuine, high–performing team. But a core competence for the effective team coach is knowing when to back off and leave the team to its own devices. Failure to do so risks creating an unhealthy dependence. This is as true for the line manager coach as for the external team coach. Of course, there may always be new challenges for which the team may welcome a coaching input; but the coach is now an occasional visitor, by invitation.

In order for the coach to be able to back off, the team has to absorb and be confident ...

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