Teams in organisations such as Southwest Airlines or sports teams such as John Wooden’s basket ball teams at UCLA in the 1960s and more recently Bill Walsh’s San Francisco 49ers have reached top levels of performance over extended periods. They are the exception more than the rule as approaches to team work can be erratic and inconsistent. Targeted and focused coaching as performed by John Wooden and Bill Walsh as well as some corporate leaders and executive coaches can be a powerful help.
Through research of corporate and sports coaching as well as my executive coaching practice, I have found the following conditions as critical to a team’s success:
- A clear ambition defined and agreed by all team members
- An understanding of the wider relationships influencing the team and that the team influences
- Placing the interest of the team before individual interests
- Uncompromising accountability to each other
- The ability to deliver and grow through conflicts and differences
- A collective eagerness to learn, improve and adapt
I coach teams to create and sustain these conditions in one-off team seminars or over longer interventions.