Teamwork

Leadership Development: 3 tips for better teamwork

Because I get to train elite leadership coaches, I have the privilege of spending time with some great athletes: tennis players, rowers and canoeists, sailors, cyclists and people who’ve climbed Mount Everest.

At Forton we run ICF-accredited Team-Coach training programmes and I learn so much from the participants. Diary dates here

Here’s three top tips for you.

  1. Performance details matter. Matthew Pinsent once described how Jamie Cracknell obsessed over small details, and how this helped push the team over the finishing line into first place by inches. Listen to the team members who’re focused on facts and numbers.
  2. Synchronicity matters. A team isn’t just a group of individual experts brought together. It’s people who pull in the same direction, at the same time. Rowers breathe together, which improves operational focus, empathy with the team and alertness to the wider environment. Find ways to achieve help people work together well.
  3. And yes, play matters. When cycling from the Dead Sea to the Himalayas, Pauline Sanderson, author of the World’s Longest Climb, told us how a game of cricket with guards at the Pakistan border helped them maintain international relations and achieve their goal of getting across the country. Know when to stop arguing and start playing.

This is where HR or the L&D Team can make a huge difference

By investing in team development. And we’re not just talking about the under-performers either; investing in top performers creates motivation to excel.

  • Top teams outperform average ones by 39% on performance measures* alone. 
  • Improving the team’s positivity can make a 46% difference.  
  • *Source: Team Coach International

Listen to the team members who’re focused on facts and numbers.

Find ways to help people work together well.

Know when to stop arguing and start playing.

And when you develop your top performers’ coaching skills, the benefits get shared throughout the organisation.

Reserve a place today on the next Forton Team-Coach Training event. Small group sizes, inclusive accommodation and meals mean great value for money, and places are limited.

Or, if you have a team in mind that you want to help excel, we run this event in-house for teams of 6 or more. Drop us a note and we’ll get straight back to you.

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