How to use coaching to integrate a team (and other useful learning points)

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Loads of Learning!
Loads of Learning!

This week I ran my training course, Coaching at Work for a group of managers interested in using coaching skills to improve motivation and performance in their businesses.

Here are their personal learning objectives along with my closing tips related to them, which I thought might be useful to share more widely.

By the way, I’ve changed the names to protect privacy. I will send a copy of my e-book Coaching Headaches and How to Cure Them to anyone who can identify where I got these names from.


Alexandria: What’s the difference between coaching and mediation?

If mediation is about resolving differences then I suppose coaching becomes a structure for having those sometimes difficult conversations.

Babylon: How to use coaching to integrate a merged team

We saw that one of the facets of a high performing team is a sense of alignment to a common goal. I would have both individual and group coaching conversations to discuss what such a goal should be, making sure that sense of ownership is there.

Diana: How to use coaching to deal with difficult behaviour

Whilst you might need some other skills initially such as giving accurate feedback on behaviour, the coaching will kick in at the point the individual realises the effect of their behaviour and expresses a willingness to change. Many people have such a dulled sense of awareness that they simply don’t realise what their behaviour is doing to others.

Halicarnassus : Using coaching to get back to the people side of business

We can describe coaching a being performance focused yet person centred, i.e. in the end it is only people that can create change and improvement

Colossus: Using coaching to bring people forward

Coaching is always about forward momentum. It starts from the her and now and helps people plan their next steps, irrespective of what may have happened in the past.

Pyramid: To learn about coaching generally

I hope you did!

Jupiter: Using coaching in PDRs, etc

Performance Development Reviews (PDRs) represent a natural opportunity to utilise coaching techniques My advice would be to spend plenty of time looking forward and setting new aims, rather than getting bogged down in what happened last year, etc


Matt Somers

Matt Somers

Matt Somers is the UK’s leading trainer of managers as coaches. His coaching skills training programmes, books, articles and seminars have helped thousands of managers achieve outstanding results through their people.

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  1. Hello Matt, this is really interesting and from the picture looks like you had a really creative team. I believe the names you have used are from Antipater of Sidon’s description of the Temple of Artemis?

    Best wishes

  2. Seven wonders of the ancient world:

    Great Pyramid of Giza
    Hanging Gardens of Babylon
    Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
    Statue of Zeus at Olympia
    Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
    Colossus of Rhodes
    Lighthouse of Alexandria

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