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  • Writer's pictureShari Gibbons

How to Find A Systemic Team Coach

Updated: 7 days ago


Photo of people working at at table with many working styles (computers, tablets, pad of paper) symbolizing teamwork generated by systemic team coaching

Here's a roadmap to help you find the perfect systemic team coach for your team's needs:


1. Define Your Team's Challenges and Goals

Before diving into the search, take some time to identify the specific areas where your team needs improvement.


Here are some questions to consider:


·       What are the current challenges your team is facing? (e.g., not performing to their potential, resisting a strategic pivot or change initiative, communication breakdowns, lack of trust, unclear goals)

 

·       What are your desired outcomes from coaching? (e.g., improved collaboration, enhanced problem-solving, stronger team dynamics, shared leadership, leadership capacity building)

Understanding your team's specific needs will help you find a systemic team coach that can give you the best return on your investment.


2. Research Systemic Team Coaching Resources

Several resources can connect you with qualified systemic team coaches:


·       Professional Coaching Organizations: Look for directories on websites of organizations like the International Coach Federation (ICF) or the Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI). These directories often allow you to filter coaches by specialization, including systemic team coaching.

 

·       Industry Associations: Some industry associations maintain databases of coaches, including those specializing in systemic team coaching. Check with your industry association's website or contact them directly.

 

·       Word-of-Mouth Recommendations: Talk to colleagues, business associates, or other leaders who have utilized systemic team coaching. Personal recommendations can be a valuable source of qualified coaches.


3. Prioritize Credentials and Experience

While formal certifications aren't mandatory, some coaches hold credentials in systemic team coaching from reputable organizations like the GTCI. Look for coaches with experience working with teams facing similar challenges and a proven track record of success.


4. Conduct Initial Consultations

Most coaches offer complimentary consultations. This is an opportunity to assess their fit for your team. Here are some key aspects to consider during consultations:


·        Systemic Team Coaching Approach: Discuss the coach's specific approach to systemic team coaching. How do they typically work with teams? What methodologies do they use? Do they work with a Co-Coach? Do they invest in Coaching Supervision for their own professional development?

 

·        Team Dynamics Expertise: Does the coach demonstrate a strong understanding of group dynamics and how to address underlying issues within a team system?

 

·        Team Fit: This is crucial! Observe how the coach interacts with your entire team during the consultation. Do they create a safe and inclusive space for everyone to participate? Does your team feel comfortable with their communication style?

 

5. Make a Collaborative Decision

Finding the right systemic team coach involves your team. After consultations, discuss with your team members their impressions of each coach. Consider factors like the coach's approach, personality fit, and cost before making a final decision.


Bonus Tip: Look for coaches who offer a complimentary or low-cost team coaching session. This allows your team to experience the coach's style firsthand and assess if it resonates with the team dynamic.


By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to finding a skilled systemic team coach who can guide your team toward greater collaboration, effectiveness, and achieving their shared goals.

 

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