I remember when years ago I first heard about the term: VUCA. Initially, it was a visionary, unique, captivating and abstract acronym, which however back then made me feel a little anxious. Today it’s totally familiar. We are all aware that it stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous and that it’s very commonly used to describe the world we live in. We can see VUCA in a vast variety of environments and it’s particularly applicable to the world of business.
VUCA impacts businesses from top management all the way vertically and horizontally across an organisation and even beyond. The latter we can see because businesses’ challenges nowadays also include a dragging economic crisis, political instabilities, climate change and (as we see currently) potential global health risks.
You can see, we all live in a very complex reality and it’s felt on all five dimensions: individual, team, management, organisation and the wider ecosystems, too!
How can we better approach today’s and tomorrow’s challenges?
Firstly, let me ask you a couple of questions for some self-reflection.
How would you describe a 20th-century leader? Confident, heroic, individual, dominant, inspirational, an expert — you name it! Sounds like the classic leaders we have seen for centuries in politics and any industrial sector, isn’t it?
How would you describe a 21st-century leadership? Collaborative, collective, team-oriented, adaptable, interchangeable, innovative, future-focused.
Noticed the difference? Yesterday we looked up to top leaders, today and tomorrow we need collective leadership! The one-man / one-woman show is over my friends…
Why? Today’s and tomorrow’s challenges are so complex that we need to approach them collectively, with richer team diversities, combining talents and by connecting each member’s leadership style. The greater the diversity of leadership, the higher the WeQ factor of a team! Consequently, the greater will be the ability to respond to complex VUCA challenges as well.
“We still tend to think of achievement in terms of the Great Man or the Great Woman, instead of the great Group.” — Warren Bennis
How to create effective & high-performing teams?
No matter whether it’s about a top management or a project delivery team, Team Coaching can transform any team into an adaptable, sustainable and high-performing unity.
Team Coaching is a discipline with the purpose of delivering value beyond the individual, with and for all the team’s stakeholders (management, customers, suppliers, partners, etc.).
It’s therefore not about coaching team members individually and it’s neither about team facilitation, nor about team building. In fact it’s about a mid-term partnership and the delivery of a program, whereby a team is coached “as a whole” during dedicated workshops, in live team meetings and during stakeholder engagements, too.
A systemic approach enhances collective intelligence by helping the team to develop a clear understanding of their purpose, roles, objectives and measurable KPIs. It will also sustainably improve team dynamics, create a positive team culture and enable members to better co-create together. Moreover, team members can become more aware as to how to connect more effectively with their stakeholders, as well as become a continuously learning entity.
What are the 5 key Team Coaching benefits?
With my experience team coaching benefits each individual team member, an entire organisational structure and their bottom-line results, as well as all stakeholders’ experiences.
The five main team coaching benefits include (non-exhaustively):
- Enable to become a team and a “team of teams”.
- Enhance team members’ talents.
- Create a co-creative team culture.
- Connect the team to their stakeholders & ecosystem.
- Build the foundation for continuous learning.
If you think back to the five dimensions mentioned earlier and bear in mind how they’re connected and inter-dependent, you will now realise that Team Coaching can have a profound and lasting contribution to overcome today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.
“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — David Brower
This systemic team coaching approach enables a team to enhance their collective intelligence and develop a collective leadership that will lead to results that go beyond the sum of their parts, transforming lives and creating a better future.