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Collegiality in the Community Garden Team

Oddly enough it is not unusual to assign a group of people a task and to say: “now you are a team.” We all know that to call a group a team doesn‘t make it work like one. In my practice as a team coach, I see that actually most...

Gender diversity in teams: differences and preferences

Are men’s teams different from women’s teams? Can you talk about it or is it taboo? Does one have advantages over the other? And what is your personal preference if you had to choose? During the final day of the Team Coaching...

Understanding Team Dynamics Through InstantDebriefing

PIETER VAN PROOIJEN – A basic understanding of the undercurrent within team dynamics enables team performance. An undercurrent manifests itself when ‘something’ is going on, but we do not know exactly where it’s coming from. Using a...

The undercurrent in teams – diving into the team dynamics

It is common knowledge that there is a lot more going on in teams than what is on the formal agenda. Team dynamics are invisible patterns of behavior that strongly influence the visible performance of a team. If you want to be an effective team...

7 Habits of the Highly Effective Team Coach

Team coaching is a respectable profession. Many are great team coaches without being aware of it, while others are actively trying to improve. Some are naturally good team coaches, but most people learn it with trial and error. Here are seven...

Team coaching is hands off

Coaching is essentially to help someone develop. A coaching relationship is temporary and the coachee should become more independent. These two key words, ‘development’ and ‘independent’, equally apply to team coaching....

Six great platforms for online teamwork

If you want online teamwork, email is a useless tool. You send a message to the team: some respond only to you, some to everyone, others not at all. Rapidly a huge amount of email traffic has emerged, with lots of messages called ‘question...

Six steps on the intervention ladder of the team coach

Sometimes I facilitate a team and I don’t actually need to do much. Just my presence, a curious look, a surprising nod, the setting, the agenda, attention: it does the job. Or rather: the team does it. In other situations I need to...

Twenty models to identify team roles

Team Roles, that’s no longer a joke. The personality test is big business. Some models are owned by global consulting and training firms. Others are more or less successful clones and spin-offs. Some go back thousands of years. And others...
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