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Coaching the Team at Work by David Clutterbuck

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Introduction

While a great deal has been written about coaching individuals, there has been relatively little investigation of coaching teams at work. Yet in discussions with senior human resource and organizational development professionals, this ability is consistently cited as one of the most serious weaknesses in the capability set of managers at all levels. Even in organizations that have made considerable steps towards becoming coaching cultures,1 the focus of attention for that coaching is the individual.

However, few people in organizations work alone. Indeed, the whole point of having an organization is to harness the collective efficiency of people working together. Peter Senge makes the point succinctly when he says:

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