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Effective Modern Coaching by Myles Downey

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– Chapter 14 –

Coaching teams

So far in this book the attention has been on the coaching of individuals. It does not take much imagination to begin to wonder how this approach, and these skills, might affect teams. Many organizations have invested time and money in developing teamwork in the hope that it will increase performance. No doubt there will have been some benefit to the bottom line in some cases, but the vast majority of team-building and team-development exercises flounder when the raft they have built hits the rapids. The ‘outward bound’ approach almost never translates into the workplace, and ‘high-performance teams’ become so dependent on ‘process’—doing it the right way—that it leaves the individual’s needs and the task itself ...

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