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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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How can team coaches help project teams successfully deliver results? What makes team coaching an essential condition for teams working on “complex” vs. “complicated” projects? Can the project manager be the team’s coach? Tune in to this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe interviews special guest Tony Llewellyn on these and more thought-provoking questions!

Tony Llewellyn, M.Sc. is a team coach, the author of “Performance Coaching on Complex Projects: Influencing Behavior and Enabling Change,” a Collaboration Director at Resolex, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster. Tony has a 30+ year background working on complex projects in the construction and real estate industries and for the past 5 years has been focusing on developing team coaching within the project management field.

In this episode of the podcast Tony shares:
1. His journey from working as a Director and Partner on complex projects to the field of team coaching.
2. Why team coaching is necessary for the evolution of the project management field at this time.
3. Challenges faced by project teams that require team coaching.
4. Tony’s 5 Phase Team Coaching Model for Project Teams
5. Two stories applying the team coaching concepts on large construction projects.
6. Tony’s 2016 book “Performance Coaching on Complex Projects: Influencing Behavior and Enabling Change”
7. His website and free resources: http://www.teamcoachingtoolkit.com/

This episode provides all those working in the project management arena with a compelling case for incorporating team coaching into the PM approach. It also provides all team coaches with some rich insights into managing complexity in teams, how to overcome some of the key pitfalls of complex projects, as well as how to capitalize on some of the opportunities that await those who dare to make the plunge into this arena. The is an episode that you will surely not want to miss! Tune in today and take your team coaching practice to the next level!

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On this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast, guest Tony Llewellyn mentions his 2016 book Performance Coaching on Complex Projects: Influencing Behavior and Enabling Change.

About the Book

Performance Coaching for Complex Projects recognises a world of complex undertakings for which the common transactional mindsets and methodologies will not produce the required results. The author advocates, instead, the novel concept that the project manager or team leader should coach the team as part of their role. Managing complexity requires greater use of influence and less reliance on coercion. Learning how to recognise the clues that reveal personal preferences, character traits and motivations will allow you to communicate in a way that recognises how different team members see the world. Team coaching helps the project team work together to think through their issues and then collectively implement the solution. Tony Llewellyn has structured his book in two parts. Part I looks at the challenges of complexity and makes the case for a shift from a transactional directive mindset to a transformational coaching philosophy. Part II introduces a model of project team coaching including the processes and methodologies that have been shown to be effective in improving team performance. Complex projects are invariably messy, not least because of the human factors associated with them. Performance Coaching for Complex Projects is essential reading for anyone responsible for managing in uncertain, challenging and changing environments.

About the Author

Tony Llewellyn has 30 years’ experience working in construction and property development as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. He is an executive coach with an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Prior to starting out as an independent coach and consultant in 2011, Tony has worked both on the client and consultancy side of many major projects, including a senior management role in a substantial UK construction consultancy, and also as a director of a global engineering business. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster.

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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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