Published: 11th February, 2021
We can all probably relate to having experienced low psychological safety at some point within a team or a group - that immediate feeling of being unable to speak up with ideas, questions or concerns due to a fear of ridicule or hurt or being embarrassed. This short article by Colm Murphy and Tammy Turner sets out what psychological safety is and is not, its importance and relationship to team effectiveness and in turn, to team coaching.
Published: 28th September, 2016
Coaching a sales leader this week, the conversation turned to how he could get more out of his sales team, each of whom is a country manager for a different European country. While recognising that they were focused on their own country, he wanted his team to think about the collecitve regional target.
The Ryder cup this weekend involves 24 multi-millionaires who spend their careers trying to beat each other in pursuit of personal glory and fortune. And yet, every 2 years they divide into two teams, play for free and talk and act as if it really is one of the biggest occassions of their careers.
Published: 5th February, 2016
With a 76% win rate since first playing international rugby in 1903 and another Rugby Word Cup won, what is the one big thing I learned reading Legacy by James Kerr about the All Blacks, in terms of team performance?
Published: 2nd October, 2015
It happened last April. At the time it took me a few minutes to figure out what was different.
Its impact has stayed me since then. And I have told a few of my coaching clients the story to illustrate a point regarding their leadership.
Published: 13th January, 2015
Since the New Year has started we have been bombarded with media coverage about resolutions, goal setting and finding the new detoxed version of oneself.
Never mind the previous 11 equally suitable months we are told - it's January and you need to not only have a life changing plan but you better be acting upon it - so pay the annual subscription to the gym, swear off chocolate and alcohol forever and invite that mad spinster aunt you never visit over for Sunday lunch quick.
Published: 9th August, 2014
Most of us get our car checked once a year; we should be getting our bodies checked every few years; and more and more leaders are being "encouraged" to do 360s regularly so they know how their leadership is perceived.
So what about a health check of your team? You know, that group of people you and your organisation are relying on to do more with less.
Published: 20th August, 2013
The ideal is that Team Meetings are platforms for getting work done. A way for a group of people to deliver on their Common Endeavour, a demonstration of what they can achieve together as opposed to separately. Performing is key.
Everyone is engaged, excited to be there, stretched, challenged and challenging.
Published: 31st May, 2013
It's resurrection time as mother nature comes back to life after the Autumn and Winter recess.
So let's look at a common coaching challenge I often see - resurrecting one's career in your current organisation.
Published: 31st May, 2013
We have been trying the find the right swimming class for our young boys - a class where they will obviously learn, have fun and of course be safe.
And after trying out a number of options and talking to other parents, a key differentiator has emerged and it is this - does the instructor get into the pool or not.