Unblaming: how leaders create safety

JAN VAN VELDHUIZEN – We all crave for safety and acceptance. And when you are a formal or situational leader, safety is your responsibility. But how do you create this social safety? Watch this 5min TEDx talk to discover a clear and effective method which helps you creating safety through unblaming others for your emotions. More info: www.unblame.com and info@unblame.com […]

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 metaphor and asking about unwritten rules usually helps to address an undercurrent, as explained in The undercurrent in […]

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 leader, you need to get to grips with this otherwise elusive […]

Collaborate online in a virtual team

Joitske Hulsebosch and Sibrenne Wagenaar – Working in a virtual team differs from working in a normal, co-located team. Building relationships, sharing information, making decisions, working together; these group processes will have new dynamics in a virtual environment. How should you set up a virtual team, using social media to support online interaction? Does working together […]

The team role test, horoscopes and Mondriaan

Personality and team role tests are big business. Entire ministries have themselves measured. Countless teams are comparing scores at their annual off-site. The average professional has experienced at least three of such tests. It all started with the Belbin or LIFO-test. Then it was MBTI and Enneagram, today Management Drives are popular, and Insights Discovery. […]

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 habits or qualities that I think a good team coach should have. 1. Overcome […]

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 intervene. A group intervention is always a disturbance, and just like on […]

The undercurrent in teams: basic needs in group dynamics

Kijken naar onderstroom in teams - vier basisbehoeftes

Why is the undercurrent in teams so fascinating? Because most group behavior cannot be understood from the actions of separate individuals. Apparently there are other, largely unseen ‘forces’ at work. We notice that ‘something’ is going on, but we do not know exactly where it’s coming from. And even if you knew, you wouldn’t have […]

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’, ‘invitation’ or ‘file’. These questions, files or invitations can no longer […]

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 Masterclass we delved into these exciting questions. The meeting was chaired by Elisa de Groot, […]

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 groups do not function as a […]

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. Like with ‘coaching’, there are many substitutes for team coaching. It’s hard to define exactly what it is. Some discussion about this may be […]

Six puzzles for the team coach

Working with groups can be pretty exciting. Numerous colleagues find it a pleasure and a challenge to help groups and teams develop. Sometimes in the role of team leader or project leader, sometimes as a consultant, trainer or team coach. What exactly are the specific puzzles associated with the role of team coach, I wondered. […]

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 are just entering the stage. An overview. Four Temperaments (Hippocrates, 460-370 BC.). Yes, why not? […]

A Rainbow of Team Role Tests

Management Drives? Insights Discovery, Lumina Spark or Enneagram? Or just simply Belbin? There is an abundance of models on the market to map team roles. Countless companies and organizations have already adopted one of them. Increasingly, these models use a color coding. So beware these days when you hear: “I’m mostly red”. Sure… but according […]