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Team Coaching – “…is an interactive process through which a team coach both supports as well as challenges a team to accelerate its development and performance over a given period of time (e.g. 4 to 12 months).  Team coaching can be leveraged to increase results, to enhance employee engagement, to drive organizational change, to foster the development of leadership cultures, and more.” – Krister Lowe, PhD, Host of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast

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Episode #068: The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams

Does building a high performing team require knowledge of rocket science? Tune in to this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast to discover the answer with guest Dr. Gordon Curphy–the Managing Partner of Curphy Leadership Solutions. Dr. Curphy is the author of 19 books including The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams released in 2012. He is also the creator of Team Assessment Survey (TAS-II) based on the Rocket Model. Dr. Curphy has 30 years of experience working with more than 1500+ leaders, 200+ teams and consulting to a long list of leading organizations in a diverse array of industries and sectors.

Themes explored in the podcast include: Gordon’s journey from being a professor in the United States Armed Forces, to joining PDI, to working with the Blandin Foundation and then to setting up Curphy Leadership Solutions; Gordon’s 2012 book The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams; why high performing teams tend to be more the exception than the rule; the importance of having a team model; a compelling story about two ship-wrecked crews in the Antarctic; 8 elements and 3 stages of the rocket model: 1) Context, 2) Mission, 3) Talent, 4) Norms, 5) Buy-in, 6) Power, 7) Morale, 8) Results; the Team Assessment Survey (TAS-II); using the Rocket Model and TAS in team coaching and in leadership development programs; a story coaching a leadership team in a $billion retail organization facing a critical turnaround; lessons learned about when team coaching fails; resources for extending learning on the Rocket Model and utilizing the TAS-II; certification in the TAS-II; thoughts on future trends in teaming and more.

This is a rich episode laden with “value bombs” that all team leaders, team members and team coaches will surely not want to miss!

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On this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast, guest Dr. Gordon Murphy discusses his book The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams:

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About the Book

Our work with hundreds of public and private sector groups and teams across the United States and Europe suggests that leaders need a practical, well researched model for team building. The Rocket Model provides leaders with sound practical advice on how to improve group and team dynamics. The model is both descriptive and prescriptive it can be used to diagnose team functioning and make specific recommendations regarding how to launch new teams or to improve the performance of more established teams.

About the Authors

Gordon Curphy, Ph.D. is a leading authority on leadership and teams. As such, he spends most of his time helping C-suite and business unit leader executives solve complex leadership challenges. His consulting efforts help top leaders develop business strategies, drive organizational alignment and execution, operate as high performing teams, develop potential successors, and use action learning teams to solve difficult business problems.

Taking a scientist-practitioner approach to leadership, Gordon has spent the last 30 years researching, writing about, practicing, and providing consulting advice on leadership. He is the co-author of Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience (7th ed), the number one selling leadership textbook for the past 17 years. He also co-authored an article in American Psychology on personality and leadership and is currently working on two books with the Hogans on organizational savvy and leadership, groups, and teams. As a practitioner, Gordon has held numerous leadership roles in the United States Air Force and various consulting firms and is known for providing practical, researched-based advice to clients.

Robert Hogan, Ph.D. is an international authority on personality assessment, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. Dr. Hogan s work in personality measurement is distinctive as it is theory based. He is widely credited with demonstrating how personality factors influence organizational effectiveness in a variety of areas – ranging from organizational climate and leadership to selection and effective team performance.

Dr. Hogan is the author of more than 300 journal articles, chapters and books including Personality and the Fate of Organizations (2006). His recent author, co-author, and editing credit also includes: The Hogan Guide (2007), Personality: Theories and Applications (2008), The Handbook of Personality Psychology (1997), The Perils of Accentuating the Positive (2009), the Hogan Personality Inventory, the Hogan Development Survey, the Motives Values and Preferences Inventory, and the Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory.

Dr. Robert Hogan received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in personality assessment. He was McFarlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at The University of Tulsa for 17 years. Prior to that, Dr. Hogan was Professor of Psychology and Social Relations at The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hogan is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Team Coaching Resources (Part 1): Five Team-Level Assessments

by Krister Lowe, PhD

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Since launching The Team Coaching Zone Podcast-an interview show that explores the art & science of coaching teams in organizations–back in January of 2015, I’ve interviewed some great pioneers, thought leaders and practitioners in the field.  The insights that I have gleaned from the interviews have transformed my approach to team coaching as well as my business. When listeners of the show reach out to me I’m often asked for recommendations on team coaching resources.  Specifically they revolve around three themes:

  • What team coaching assessments are available?
  • What are some of the main books on team coaching?
  • What team coach training programs should I consider exploring?

Recently a listener suggested that I pull together a consumer reports type episode or blog post series to review some of the resources that I’ve come across.  So voila here we go with the first in a 3-part blog post series on Team Coaching Resources! Read more…

Team Coaching Resources (Part 2): Five Books on Team Coaching

by Krister Lowe, PhD

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My relationship with books has resembled a tumultuous love affair.  Utterly enraptured one moment only to be followed by a crash and burn falling out the next.  In college I majored in English Literature.  The crushing number of books I had to read beat the love for reading out of me by the time I graduated.  While pursuing my Master’s Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology some 6 years later I had recovered and rediscovered my passion for books.  But this time they were more practical and scientific and revolved around themes such as leadership, teams, conflict resolution, organization change, and the like.  By the time I was waist-deep into my doctoral training (also in Social-Organizational Psychology) a few years later, books had been replaced with an explosion of articles that distilled the latest insights from theory, research and practice down into 10 to 20 pages for rapid and mass consumption. And so now after a long drought (and a second recovery!) I’m back to reading books but this time they tend to revolve around the specific theme of team coaching.

In this second in a three-part article series on Team Coaching Resources, I’m going to be providing a brief overview of 5 books that I recommend on the topic of coaching teams in organizations.  Read more…

 

Team Coaching Resources (Part 3): Five Books Team Coach Training Programs

by Krister Lowe, PhD

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This the final installment of a three part round-up series on team coaching resources. In Part 1 we looked at 5 team-level assessments geared towards team coaching. In Part 2 we looked at 5 books on team coaching. In this post, Part 3, we are going to be looking at 5 team coach training programs. You can also listen to podcast episodes covering similar content here on iTunes if you prefer the spoken vs. written word 🙂

I want to start off this post by making a few comments about training as a learning vehicle. This is a topic that I’m very familiar with. Two years ago I decided to niche down in one area—team coaching. But before that I was more of a generalist in Learning and Development. I was a consultant, a mediator, a facilitator and most of all a trainer. I spent more than 15 years running 100’s of training workshops all over the world on all kinds of topics: performance management, conflict resolution, leadership and management development, coaching for managers, diversity, ethics and more. Read more…

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