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TEAM COACHING ETHICS: WHOSE AGENDA IS IT ANYWAY?

This is the third in a series highlighting ethics in coaching. Watch for new posts monthly! My area of expertise is team coaching. I blend coaching competencies with proven team methodologies to help teams move to high performance in a short period of time. Most teams include a ‘team lead’, a person who sets the direction for the team. Usually my contracts with companies include both team coaching and individual leadership coaching of team leads. This dichotomy recently led to an ethical dilemma that I have yet to fully resolve: how do I handle a situation when the team’s agenda and the team lead’s agenda are...

Determine If You Are A Group Or A Team

A real team is defined as having clear boundaries, interdependent goals,and clarity of membership. In other words, knowing clearly who is on the team and who is not a regular team member is important (Wageman et al., 2008). It is also critical for the team to know when they need the support and input of all team members versus when they can work more independently. This does not mean that a team must do everything together or be interdependent to achieve all goals. However, there must be at least some interdependence and common objectives, or else the team is really just a group. A group is a collection of individuals...