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The Team Coaching Zone Podcast: Coaching | Teams | Leadership

Join Carissa Bub--Host of Season 2 of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast--and today's leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches as we explore the art and science of team coaching in communities and organizations. Discover how team coaching can accelerate team development and performance, can foster the development of leadership cultures, can drive organizational change and more. Tune in for interviews with team coaching experts. Hear stories of "hits and misses" and essential lessons learned from conducting real team coaching engagements. Discover practical tools and resources to support your internal or external team coaching practice. The podcast is for new and experienced coaches, human resources and learning and development professionals, as well as leaders and managers of teams. Enter The Team Coaching Zone today!
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Nov 30, 2015
Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach Tara Nolan for this week's episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Tara Nolan is the Founder and Managing Director of Lime Trees Road Executive Coaching.  She is also a Facilitator, Executive and Team Coach.  Lime Trees Road works alongside companies, teams and individuals to identify the negative behaviors that frustrate organizational performance and personal fulfillment. Then it goes about changing them. It’s an approach that works, and its growing list of global clients includes: Microsoft, Deloitte, Zurich Financial Services, ICON, Johnson & Johnson, and Ericsson.
 
In this episode of the podcast, Tara shares her journey from investment banking into executive recruitment and then into executive and team coaching.  She discusses the influence of a number of coach training programs and certifications that she has pursued including:  Ontological Coaching, Gestalt Coaching and Systemic Team Coaching.  Themes covered in the podcast include: Tara's "ADD VALUE" team coaching model; the leader as coach; coaching the team as a whole, the team leader and individual team members; coaching multiple "learning teams" within and across organizations as well as agile teams; the Team Diagnostic Survey and more.  Tara also shares a number of stories from her own team coaching practice as well as provides recommendations on a number of essential books and resources for team coaches.
 
This is an exciting episode loaded with insights that every team coach will surely not want to miss!
Nov 24, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach Carissa Bub for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Carissa is a successful leadership and organizational coach, former journalist and entrepreneur with over 15 years's global experience. She helps clients to co-create future fit organizations increasing both social and business value. As a former broadcast journalist (BBC) turned executive coach, her trusted reputation is built on challenging senior management, board directors, global teams and next generation leaders to proactively drive change and consistently deliver high performance results. Carissa is on the Global Coaching Faculty at BlackRock, is a member of the International Coaching Federation, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the Royal Society of Arts. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and has a number of additional qualifications including: Organizational Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Master NLP Practitioner, Psychometric Assessor, Team Diagnostic Consultant, Post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Diploma in Performance Coaching, and a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology. Carissa has run her own leadership development business since 2002, and recently launched her latest endeavor--a new company called Intellegra.

In this episode of the podcast, Carissa shares her journey from studying child psychotherapy to entering the world of broadcast journalism to conducting media training for companies and executives and then into executive and team coaching. Themes explored in the podcast include: the role of story and emotion in teams and team coaching; the role of relationships; helping teams give voice to the emotion in the room; coaching for hygiene in teams vs. performance and systemic change; helping teams shift from being management teams to leadership teams; contracting in team coaching; building teams of teams across silos; walking away from team coaching when you aren't a good fit; slowing down to focus on what really matters; reinventing organizations; life long learning and more. She also shares stories and tips from her own team coaching practice.

Carissa's insights about the power of story and emotion in teams will leave every team coach wanting to learn more about how to leverage these two powerful aspects in their own coaching practices.

Nov 18, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s special guest Dr. Ruth Wageman--a leading scholar and practitioner in the area of team coaching. Dr. Wageman is Director at ReThink Health and an Associate in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. She specializes in the field of Organizational Behavior, studying and teaching the design and leadership of task performing teams. Professor Wageman studies the conditions under which teams are able to accomplish collective purposes and to grow in capability over time. Her work with teams places a particular emphasis on self-governing teams, especially those with complex problem-solving and social change purposes. Her current work focuses on enabling the development of collaborative leadership capacity, especially that of multi-stakeholder groups working to transform regional health systems. With Richard Hackman and Erin Lehman, she designed the Team Diagnostic Survey, an instrument that assesses the effectiveness of teams and that is used both for scholarly research and to guide effective leadership of teams. Selected publications include: “Creating Great Leadership Teams for Complex Problems,” “The changing ecology of teams: New directions for teams research,” with Heidi Gardner and Mark Mortensen, “Senior Leadership Teams: What it Takes to Make Them Great,” with Debra A. Nunes, James Burruss, and Richard Hackman; “Asking the Right Questions about Leadership,” American Psychologist; “As the twig is bent: The effects of shared values on emergent interdependence in teams” with Fred Gordon, Organization Science; “A theory of team coaching,” with Hackman, Academy of Management Review; “Team Diagnostic Survey: Development of an Instrument,” with Hackman and Lehman, Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Wageman received her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Joint Doctoral Program in Organizational Behavior in 1993. She received her BA in Psychology from Columbia University in 1987, and returned there to join the faculty of the Graduate School of Business, making her the first female alum of Columbia College to join Columbia’s faculty. She joined the faculty of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2000, and returned to Harvard in 2006. She joined ReThink Health, an Initiative of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, as its Director of Research in 2009.

In this episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast, Dr. Wageman shares her journey into becoming a leading scholar in the area of teams and team coaching. She also provides an overview of a number of her books and articles that will be of particular interest to team coaches. Additional themes covered in the episode include: the key factors that contribute to team effectiveness; the role of compelling purpose, task requirements, and structure in teams; the different types and timing of team coaching interventions; the leader as team coach vs. using external team coaches; the Team Diagnostic Survey; leadership teams; multi-stakeholder teams, stewardship teams and more. She also shares some reflections on her mentor and colleague the late Dr. Richard Hackman. Finally Dr. Wageman discusses her recent work creating systemic change in regional healthcare systems through her work as a Director at ReThink Health--an initiative of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation.

This episode is a priceless opportunity for team coaches to learn from a world-class scholar, a leading researcher and an early pioneer in the field of team coaching. It is an episode you will surely not want to miss!

Nov 11, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and pioneering organizational coach Dr. Dorothy Siminovitch for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Dorothy Siminovitch, PhD, MCC is a Master Certified Coach, the founder of Gestalt Coaching Works, LLC and an international coach, consultant, group facilitator, presenter/speaker, and author. She is founder, co-owner, faculty, and Director of Training for the Gestalt Coaching Programs in Istanbul and in Toronto, both ICF-ACTP coach training programs. She is also co‐founder of the Gestalt Center for Coaching, which delivers ICF-accredited coach training workshops and extended programs internationally.

In this episode of the podcast Dorothy shares her journey into Gestalt-based coaching which she pioneered 20 years ago. Themes explored in the podcast include: the shift in human collective consciousness required to adapt to a VUCA world; an introduction to Gestalt approaches to intervention; key Gestalt principles and practices and how they inform coaching individuals and teams; levels of system; the influences of Appreciative Inquiry, Adult Learning Theory and Intentional Change on Gestalt-based practice; as well as a range of tips and techniques for applying Gestalt thinking to team coaching. Dorothy also shares a story from her team coaching practice and also introduces listeners to her latest area of innovation: Awareness IQ. Finally she shares information about her coach training programs in Toronto and Istanbul.

Dr. Siminovitch is truly one of the pioneers and leading figures in the field of Gestalt-based coaching. Every team coach will surely want to dive into the depths of Dorothy's experience and wisdom in this episode!

Nov 3, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guests and leading organizational coaches Richard Boston and Dean Taylor for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Richard and Dean are with LeaderSpace—a consultancy specializing in leadership and team performance based in the United Kingdom and in Australia. Richard is Managing Director at LeaderSpace and a Chartered Business Psychologist with a thorough knowledge of leadership, team performance, and psychology. He’s the author of ‘ARC Leadership’, arguing that leaders need to be Authentic, Responsible and Courageous if they and their organisations are to move from surviving to thriving in a complex world. Dean is a Chartered Business Psychologist with a special interest in emotional intelligence and positive psychology. He is highly skilled in leadership assessment and development, emotional intelligence, team and organizational development and psychometrics.

In this episode of the podcast Richard and Dean share a range of insights and stories from their team coaching practices. Themes covered in the episode include: the LeaderSpace 5 step team coaching process (1. Engage, 2. Assess, 3. Align, 4. Progress, 5. Review); co-team coaching; future trends in team coaching including: habit formation in teams, where team coaches can really make a difference, bringing multiple teams together to accelerate change, catapulting team coaching across organizations and within industries to address systemic challenges, and more. Richard and Dean also share a number of compelling stories involving teams in the management consulting, charity and public sectors.

This episode is brimming over with a wealth of practical tips, techniques and resources that will help every team coach take their coaching practice to the next level. It's an episode you will surely not want to miss!

Oct 27, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's special guest, George Johnson, for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. George is the CEO of Team Coaching International—a global professional services firm with a clear purpose: to help our clients create and maintain high-performing teams and organizations. George is a serial entrepreneur who has worked with over 150 clients. He was the co-founder of Internet Broadcasting, worked with United Health Care and Techies.com and also founded three non-profits and two consulting practices. George was the former president of the Minnesota Coaches Association and has been coaching since 2001 as well as conducting strategic planning for over 30 years.

In this special episode of The Team Coaching Zone podcast, George shares insights on how to build a team coaching practice and business. Themes explored in the episode include: the emergence of the field of team coaching; the business case for team coaching; research findings conducted with more than 100 team coaches on the state of their team coaching practices; pricing of team engagements; generating executive coaching clients through team coaching engagements and vice versa; developing a niche team coaching business and more. George also shares insights and lessons learned from Team Coaching International’s experience coaching teams as well as training team coaches. An overview of Team Coaching International’s range of current product and service offerings is also provided. 

This is an episode specially tailored for team coaches who are looking to gain insights into how to establish a successful as well as sustainable team coaching business!

Oct 21, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach, Jim Tamm, for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Jim Tamm is the President of RC Group, LLC with training partners in 18 countries. He specializes in building cultures of collaboration within organizations and training other consultants and trainers how to teach collaborative skills. Fast Company Magazine described Jim Tamm as an “Ace Relationship Builder”. For most of his career he was a Senior Administrative Law Judge for the State of California with jurisdiction over workplace disputes. He is currently on the faculty of the International Management Program of the Stockholm School of Economics, the Management Education Program at NASA, and the Leadership Academy of the University of California. His book, Radical Collaboration, has been on Amazon’s top seller lists for organizational psychology and collaboration books for much of the past nine years.

In this episode of the podcast Jim shares a range of insights into building cultures of collaboration in teams and organizations. Among the topics covered include: the Radical Collaboration approach; 5 skills for effective collaboration (Collaborative Intention, Truthfulness, Self-Accountability, Self-Awareness, Negotiation and Problem-Solving); red zone and green zone modes; the crucial role of defensiveness, stories of hits and misses working with teams and organizations; the factors that lead to culture change and more.

This is a rich episode with a range of practical tips, techniques and resources that will help every team coach take their coaching practice to the next level. It's an episode you will surely not want to miss!

Sep 26, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach, Edgar Papke, for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Edgar Papke is globally recognized as an award-winning executive coach, author, and speaker. He is a student and teacher of leadership, conflict, and the human art of business and has been recognized for his innovative approaches to leadership and business. He has delivered over 2500 keynote speeches, lectures, and workshops to audiences worldwide and consistently ranks among CEOs and executives as one of the field’s most impactful and influential speakers. Along with being the author of "The Elephant In The Boardroom," his newest book that explores how leaders use and manage conflict to achieve greater levels of success, he is also the author of "True Alignment®," his book that provides a unique and preeminent framework for linking customer motivation and experience with brand, culture, and leadership. Edgar holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Business, a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology, and a Culinary Arts Degree.

In this episode of the podcast Edgar shares insights from his book "True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results" and how the work of an organizational coach is fundamentally about helping leaders, teams and organizations get alignment. He discusses the concept of the Business Code and how alignment comes through 4 key elements: The Customer, The Brand Intention, Culture and Leadership. Themes delved into on a deeper level in the podcast include: the human art of business, leadership, the central role of conflict in organizational change processes; coaching a team's leader, individual team members as well as the full team as a whole; the management of complexity and more. Edgar also shares insights, stories and practical tips on coaching teams from his own practice as well as his work building a global community of organizational development consultants and coaches who are versed in the True Alignment® methodology.

Team coaches are sure to find Edgar's book, "True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results," not only an essential read on the art of business but a helpful framework to support team coaching interventions. This is an episode that you surely will not want to miss!

Sep 15, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach, Dr. Terrence Maltbia, for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Dr. Maltbia is the Faculty Director of the Columbia Coaching Certification Program and an Associate Professor of Practice for Adult Learning & Leadership Programs in the Department of Organization & Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University.  Since joining Teachers College in 2006, he has become internationally recognized as a scholar practitioner in the areas of strategic learning; executive and organizational coaching; global leadership development; and emotional, social and cultural intelligence.

In this special two part episode, Terry shares reflections and insights on the interdisciplinary nature of team leadership coaching as well as on the emerging frontiers of the coaching field.  In Part 1 - Episode #032, Dr. Maltbia shares reflections on establishing the Columbia Coaching Certification Program, on Theories of Change, on the Interplay between Executive and Team Coaching, and on his approach to Team Leadership Coaching.  In Part 2 - Episode #033, Terry shares a Challenging Team Coaching Case from his coaching practice involving a sales team and its leader, shares a range of penetrating insights on Team Coaching Competencies, shares his thoughts on Process Consultation, and a visionary perspective on the Future of Executive & Team Coaching.

This is a very rich episode and both executive and team coaches will discover a wealth of practical insights, lessons learned and recommended resources for taking their coaching practices to the next level.  Terry's visionary insights about the coming of age of the coaching field and the new frontiers that are emerging are truly thought provoking. These are two essential episodes that you will surely not want to miss!

Sep 15, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach, Dr. Terrence Maltbia, for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Dr. Maltbia is the Faculty Director of the Columbia Coaching Certification Program and an Associate Professor of Practice for Adult Learning & Leadership Programs in the Department of Organization & Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University.  Since joining Teachers College in 2006, he has become internationally recognized as a scholar practitioner in the areas of strategic learning; executive and organizational coaching; global leadership development; and emotional, social and cultural intelligence.

In this special two part episode, Terry shares reflections and insights on the interdisciplinary nature of team leadership coaching as well as on the emerging frontiers of the coaching field.  In Part 1 - Episode #032, Dr. Maltbia shares reflections on establishing the Columbia Coaching Certification Program, on Theories of Change, on the Interplay between Executive and Team Coaching, and on his approach to Team Leadership Coaching.  In Part 2 - Episode #033, Terry shares a Challenging Team Coaching Case from his coaching practice involving a sales team and its leader, shares a range of penetrating insights on Team Coaching Competencies, shares his thoughts on Process Consultation, and a visionary perspective on the Future of Executive & Team Coaching.

This is a very rich episode and both executive and team coaches will discover a wealth of practical insights, lessons learned and recommended resources for taking their coaching practices to the next level.  Terry's visionary insights about the coming of age of the coaching field and the new frontiers that are emerging are truly thought provoking. These are two essential episodes that you will surely not want to miss!

Sep 9, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach, Dr. Mary Lippitt, for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Dr. Lippitt is an award-winning author and founder of Enterprise Management Limited.  Known for her pioneering work linking leadership with organizational results, Dr. Lippitt is internationally recognized as a leader in the execution of change and strategy implementation for over twenty-five years.  Her specialities include working with leaders to develop effective leadership practices, engage others, align strategy, improve execution planning, and enhance team power to achieve desired results.  Dr. Lippitt is the creator of The Leadership Spectrum Profile (LSP)--an instrument that examines mindsets or a leader's choice of what is most important to achieve at a given point in time.  She is also the author of the book (2014) "Brilliant or Blunder: 6 Ways Leaders Navigate Uncertainty, Opportunity and Complexity. 

In the episode, Mary shares her fascinating journey into the fields of leadership, team and organizational intervention beginning as the daughter and niece of two legends in the field of organizational psychology: Gordon and Ronald Lippitt. She describes the impact of spending her summers as a child and teenager in Bethel Maine at NTL (National Training Laboratories) where she gained first-hand experience with group dynamics, T-Groups and human relations conferences.  She then shares her journey working as a leader in both the public as well as private sectors including her role in taking over her father and uncle's firm Organization Renewal, Inc. which she later re-named Enterprise Management Ltd.  

In the episode, Mary also introduces listeners to The Leadership Spectrum Profile (LSP) and explores 6 mindsets that help leaders and teams understand the organizational context both internally and externally. The LSP aids with strategic thinking and decision-making.  The 6 mindsets (Inventing, Catalyzing, Developing, Performing, Protecting, Challenging) are linked up with the organization's lifecycle and provide leadership and team coaches with a rapid approach to helping leaders and teams accelerate their performance and effectiveness.  Mary shares two powerful stories from her practice using the LSP that are full of great tips and lessons learned.  In addition she discusses her latest book that also covers the 6 mindsets: "Brilliant or Blunder: 6 Ways Leaders Navigate Uncertainty, Opportunity and Complexity."

Team coaches will surely find this episode inspiring and a golden opportunity to learn from a distinguished thought leader in the field.  This is an episode you will surely not want to miss!

Aug 24, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach, Alex Durand, for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Alex Durand is an Executive and Team Coach, the Founder of Frable Consulting and a Thinker and Writer.  Frable Consulting provides executive and team coaching services to individuals of all generations and centers on The Frable - 3 Phase Coaching Method that leads to sustainable long-term change.  In this compelling episode, Alex shares his journey from completing his undergraduate degree at George Washington University, to landing a "dream job" as an international consultant with one of the Big 5 Consulting firms, to the personal journey and struggles that led him to founding his own firm--Frable Consulting in 2014.

Alex shares his thought-provoking perspectives on a number of themes including: inter-generational thinking; the current and future of states of coaching; on challenging our current mindsets about coaching; The Frable 3 Phase Executive Coaching Model - 1) Vision & Strengths, 2) Values, 3) Action Plan; on being a Millennial executive and team coach; on the nature of change and coaching; on team coaching as a vehicle for engagement, leadership development, developing a teaming culture, organizational learning, organizational fitness and more.

Alex's perspectives are sure to leave every listener inspired as well as thinking more broadly about their executive and team coaching practice and how they can take their game to the next level.  This is an episode you will surely not want to miss!

Aug 4, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Geetu Bharwaney—a thought leader in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Resilience and Team Emotional Intelligence—for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Geetu is the Founding Director of Ei World Limited, the Author of “Emotional Resilience: Know What It Takes to Be Agile, Adaptable and Always at Your Best," and an executive coach, team coach, mentor and consultant.  She has more than 25 years of experience helping organizations develop high performance.  Ei World Limited is a company based in the UK at the forefront of innovative development programs based on Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Resilience. Geetu and her team support talent management, team coaching and leadership development of individuals and teams in the world’s most prestigious companies across 37 countries.  She has been using the Team Emotional Intelligence Survey since 2012 and equips other team coaches in its effective use. 

In this thought-provoking episode of the podcast, Geetu shares her insights on a number of themes including: team emotions and team emotional intelligence; the role of emotion in high performance teams; 4 common challenges that arise in teams that reveal underlying emotional dynamics; Geetu’s 5 element approach to coaching teams using a team emotional intelligence framework; The Team Emotional Intelligence Survey; her recently published book on “Emotional Resilience: Know What It Takes to Be Agile, Adaptable and Always at Your Best;” and differentiating emotional resilience from emotional intelligence.  Geetu also shares a number of compelling stories, insights and lessons learned from her practice coaching teams.

This is a rich episode brimming over with value and lessons learned that both new as well as experienced team coaches will want to listen to multiple times!

Jul 28, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Ethan Schutz for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Ethan Schutz is the President and CEO of The Schutz Company--a consulting and publishing company and provider of the LIFO Method and The Human Element approach.  Ethan promotes, encourages and directs the use, development and expansion of these bodies of work in the US.  Globally, he nurtures and grows the LIFO and Human Element communities, made up of practitioners and partners in over 30 countries.  He delivers training, coaching and in-depth practitioner training progams to support consultant excellence and creativity.  Ethan worked with his father Will Schutz, PhD, creator of FIRO theory and The Human Element--a body of work designed to improve individual, team and organizational effectiveness through self-awareness and direct, honest communication.  

Prior to assuming the President and CEO role of The Schutz Company in 2009, Ethan worked as a manager of training and development for Reuters; as an organizational development consultant for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and as the President of the Business Consultants Network.  Ethan also worked as an architect for a decade where he discovered his true passion around helping people work more effectively together.  Ethan holds a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture from The University of California at Berkeley.

In this episode of the podcast Ethan introduces listeners to the FIRO-B and Human Element body of work pioneered by his father Will Schutz PhD and now extended by both himself as well as a global community of practitioiners.  The use of this well-tested and applied body of work is illuminated through stories of coaching teams. Ethan shares two stories from his practice--one a non-profit leadership team and another involving an action learning-based leadership development program in a hospital both grounded in The Human Element methodology. Some themes covered in the interview include: inclusion, control and openness in human relationships; compatibility in teams; rigidity and defensiveness in human interactions; decision-making in teams; process consultation; utilizing team coaching to embed training outcomes into the culture of organizations; becoming a Human Element Practitoner and more.

Team coaches looking for a tested method for helping individuals, teams and organizations become more effective may find The Human Element approach and tools right up their alley!

Jul 16, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Dr. Pamela Van Dyke for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  

Dr. Van Dyke is a Managing Principal at The Van Dyke Resource Group and is a Human Capital Consultant, an Executive Coach, a Team and Group Coach, an Author, a Speaker and a Leading Generation Y Specialist.  For more than 25 years Pam has been helping individuals, teams and organizations define and reach their goals.  Pam started her career in behavioral healthcare where she was a practicing therapist for 13 years.  For the last several years, she has worked at the executive level of organizations in a variety of capacities.  Her corporate experience has included financial and insurance services, manufacturing, aerospace, and healthcare.  Working for Fortune 500 companies such as Tenet Healthcare, Baylor Healthcare, American Airlines, Bell Helicopter, American International Group (AIG) and Tenet Healthcare, she has held executive level positions in Human Resources, Talent and Leadership Development, Organization Development, Employee Engagement and Quality and Risk Management.  

Pam has a passion for helping others connect the dots, whether personally or professionally.  Pam’s diverse background in behavioral health, fortune 500 companies and academia, provides her with a unique and rich blend to understand the needs of others and the complex dynamics in which they find themselves.  For the past fifteen years Pam has been an Adjunct Instructor at several universities teaching both virtually and on Campus.  Currently, she teaches at Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business located in Dallas, Texas and virtually at Colorado State University-Global Campus. Pam, a life-long learner, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Education, a Masters of Arts in Healthcare Management, a Masters of Arts in Human and Organizational Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems.  

In this episode of the podcast, Pam introduces listeners to the P.E.R.F.O.R.M. team and group coaching model that emerged from her doctoral dissertation work on virtual group and team coaching.  The acronym stands for: P - Participant Selection; E - Elements of Group Process; R - Regular Cadence; F - Facilitation Skills; O - Organization and Logistics; R - Results Orientation; M - Medium.  These 7 foundational elements provide team and group coaches with a strong platform and a frame of reference for their coaching.  Other themes explored in the episode include: the emergence of team and group coaching as bona fide coaching disciplines; differentiating team, group and peer coaching; working in an emergent way as a coach vs. "cookie cutter" approaches; lengths of team coaching engagements as well as frequency; coaching the process vs. coaching the individuals; the need for dialogue among team coaches in order to develop the field and more.  Pam also shares two stories from her coaching practice: one involving an executive team and one a newly promoted leaders team.  The episode is rich with a balance of theory, research and practical tips and will help new as well as experienced team and group coaches take their coaching game to the next level!

Jul 9, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Kati Livingston for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Kati Livingston is a Managing Partner at Creative Management Systems, a consulting firm that helps organizations and teams adapt to changing conditions and re-engineer how they work together.  She holds a Master’s in Adult Development and Psychology from Harvard University and is certified in Executive Coaching from Columbia University. Her coaching interest is in partnering with professionals to build effective relationships. Even in a world of increasing globalization and reliance on technology, Kati sees human interaction as a core competency to lead, motivate, connect and build trust with clients and colleagues.  She teaches two courses in Harvard Extension School’s Master’s in Management program, titled “Creating and Leading Team Dynamics” and “Leading Through Change.” She also designs and delivers executive education programs for financial advisors on the Harvard campus.  Prior to her work in organizational development Kati earned a Master’s in Art History and often brings works of art into business presentations to spark thought and reflection.  Kati has been a Big Sister volunteer since 2000 and still regularly sees her Little Sister Felicia, now a 23-yr old college graduate.  

In this episode Kati shares insights from her research, teaching and practice in using "metaphor" as a vehicle to foster understanding and transformation in leadership and team coaching.  Themes covered in the interview include: metaphors as devices for framing, fostering awareness and facilitating behavior change; techniques for using metaphor in leadership and team coaching; some metaphors that often surface in coaching; resources to further study team coaching and more.  Kati also shares two stories from her own coaching practice that illuminate how she leverages metaphor in her work.  One is a story from her leadership coaching practice and another from her team coaching practice.

This episode is inspiring and provides both new and experienced team coaches with some super practical tips and techniques that will help them take their team coaching practices to the next level!

Jul 2, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and two leading organizational coaches--Nancy Alexander and Ethan Hanabury--for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  

Nancy Alexander is a Principal at Nancy Alexander Consulting and is an executive coach, facilitator and consultant.  Nancy has a distinguished background with experience in marketing, strategic planning and new product and service development with Procter and Gamble and American Express where she specialized in expansion, turnarounds and repositioning.  After serving as a Vice President at Bank of America, she became a social innovator and eco-entrepreneur and founded one of the first green companies in Connecticut, inventing a business in a declining, generic industry and achieving twice the industry average customer retention rate through eco-friendly products and services, brand differentiation and loyalty, and creative communication. Her work earned national press attention and was featured in Joline Godfrey’s book, Our Wildest Dreams: Women Making Money, Having Fun, Doing Good. Nancy holds a BA degree in Sociology, an MBA from Yale and a MA in Women's Studies from Southern Connecticut State University.

Ethan Hanabury is a team leadership expert and executive coach, and was a higher education leader and senior administrator.  He is an award-winning executive coach, top management team expert, and executive education pioneer.  Ethan brings 28 years of experience and perspective as a senior leader and educator to his coaching practice. As Senior Associate Dean at Columbia Business School, he led the teams that brought #1 rankings to the School’s Executive MBA and Executive Education programs; raised student satisfaction levels to record levels; and fostered a learning community that nourished tens of thousands of young women and men to achieve their professional goals. When he transitioned in 2011, Columbia Business School recognized his legacy by naming one of the graduating student awards in his honor for perpetuity.  Previous to his deanship at Columbia, Ethan was a product manager with Unilever and a CPA with Arthur Andersen.  Ethan holds an MBA from Columbia University and also is a graduate of Columbia's Coaching Intensive Program.

In this episode, Nancy and Ethan share their perspectives on co-team coaching together and explore a recent engagement with a team in the higher education arena.  Themes covered in the episode include: the importance of shared values among co-team coaches; the value of co-team coaching over and above working solo; innovative data feedback strategies in team coaching; building trust in teams; experimentation and innovation in team coaching; techniques for helping teams develop practical action strategies and more.  

The episode is chock full of practical tips and best practices that both new and experienced team coaches will find valuable.

Jun 25, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach and early pioneer in the field of team coaching, Phillip Sandhal, for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Phil is a Master Certified Coach, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and the Co-Founder of Team Coaching International (TCI).  Phil is an internationally recognized consultant, coach, trainer, and author. He was an early pioneer in the field of team coaching and has worked with teams in North America, Europe and Asia that include Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, Cisco, Cap Gemini, ING Bank, TransCanada, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Navy. 

He is a sought-after speaker on team performance, team leadership, and team trends. He has presented at conferences in Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Australia, and of course the U.S. He is co-author of the leading textbook on coaching: Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives, with more than 100,000 copies in print and in 10 languages.  Phil is a former senior faculty member for The Coaches Training Institute and has been training coaches worldwide since 1998. As principal trainer for Team Coaching International, Phil has trained more than 1,000 team coaches from 43 countries. That training also certifies coaches in the use of the Team Diagnostic suite of team and team leader assessment tools. The Team Diagnostic has been used with thousands of teams worldwide and is in 22 languages.

In this episode of the podcast Phil shares his journey from a career in journalism to discovering the field of coaching where he became a senior faculty member of the Coaches Training Institute and where he trained coaches around the world and also co-authored the well-known text on co-active coaching.  He then shares the journey into team coaching and to co-founding Team Coaching International in 2004.  In the episode Phil shares stories of hits and misses from his own practice coaching teams and also insights from training team coaches.  Some themes covered in the episode include: the Team Diagnostic; appreciative inquiry in team coaching; productivity and positivity - two essential dimensions in teams; a 3 phase approach to team coaching; the eclectic mixture of skills a team coach uses during ongoing team coaching sessions; the role of metrics in team coaching; coaching multi-cultural teams; training team coaches and more. 

This episode is another opportunity for both new and experienced team coaches to gain lessons learned, tips and wisdom from one of the early pioneers in the field of team coaching.  It's surely an episode you will not want to miss!

Jun 18, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Gilbert Brenson-Lazan for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Gilbert is a Social Psychologist and the Founding Parter of Amauta International, LLC.--an organization dedicated to optimizing wisdom, efficacy and resilience with top management teams in the Americas, through the facilitation of meaningful conversations.  Professor Lazan has forty years of teaching, facilitation and coaching experience in the Americas and in 13 other countries. He is the author of 34 books and texts, and has presented in over 40 international professional conferences.  He was a founding member and President of Global Facilitators Service Corps (GFSC) and is an Honorary Member of the Asociación Latinoamericano de Facilitadores-ALFA. A seventeen-year member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), he was past International Vice-Chair and received the 1999 IAF Global Stewardship Award, the 2010 IAF Community Outreach Award, and was inducted into the first IAF Facilitators Hall of Fame in 2014. 

In this episode Gilbert shares his inspiring journey into team facilitation and coaching that has continued to evolve over a period of 40 years.  He shares his perspectives on the role of appreciative inquiry, positive psychology and solution-focused coaching in his approach to team coaching.  He draws insights on the role of meaningful conversation and its impact on neuroscience and culture change in organizations, families and communities. Gilbert shares a number of powerful stories of hits and misses coaching teams including a compelling story of a 3-year transformation of a beverage company's leadership culture and the story of supporting a community following a volcanic eruption that resulted in the devastating loss of 26,000 residents of a town.  

This episode is overflowing with inspiration as well as practical insights, tips and tools that will help every new and experienced team coach take their practice to the next level!

Jun 11, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Krish Iyer for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Krish is the Founder and Chief Catalyst at Qual Aliter Associates and brings more than 25+ years of experience across industries in sales, business development, business strategy, business process consulting, key account management and coaching for leadership and performance.  Krish has worked for a number of leading companies including 3M Co., Praxis, Satyam Computers and SAP.  Prior to founding Qua Aliter, Krish was the Global Vice President in the Strategic Customer Program for SAP and led a global team supporting SAP's most strategic customers that accounted for 1/3 of the company's $20 billion dollar business.  Krish is a graduate of Columbia University's Advanced Coaching Certification program and currently works to deliver comprehensive and transformational engagements for both leaders and teams.

In this episode Krish shares his journey into team coaching building on his extensive experience leading cross-cultural and cross-functional global teams.  Krish shares stories coaching teams in the technology and customer relationship management arenas.  Some key themes explored in this episode include: team coaching in a VUCA world; learning, innovation and change in teams; design thinking and team coaching; blending the roles of consultant, facilitator, and coach; coaching presence; building leader-coach capacity within teams; appreciative inquiry; focusing on business results; experimentation in team coaching and more. 

This episode is overflowing with practical insights, tips and tools that will help every new and experienced team coach take their practice to the next level!

May 21, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading figure in the area of creative thinking, Dr. Kobus Neethling, for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Dr. Neethling is the President of the South African Creativity Foundation and the Creator of the Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI).  He is a world-renowned scholar and practitioner in the area of creativity thinking and learning.  Additionally, he holds six degrees including two master's degrees, a doctoral degree and a post-doctoral degree.  Dr. Neethling is the author of many books and articles as well as award-winning television shows and is also the recipient of numerous accolades and awards for his pioneering work in field of creativity studies.  Dr. Neethling is a frequent key note speaker and actively consults to corporations, national sporting teams and education groups around the world.  Dr. Neethling was asked by the South African transitional government to provide creativity training to the police in order to build better relationships and later was engaged by Nelson Mandela's chief of staff to provide similar training to Mandela's staff.  Dr. Neethling has hosted an annual international creativity conference in South Africa every year for the last 21 years.  In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Neethling shares his early history and journey into the field of creativity studies, to his post-doctoral work with the late Dr. Paul Torrance at the University of Georgia, to inventing the Neethling Brain Instruments, to the establishment of the South African Creativity Foundation and to becoming a leading figure in the field of creative thinking.  He also shares insights into how teams, leaders and whole organizations can become more creative, adaptable and high-performing.  Dr. Neethling shares numerous stories from his work consulting to teams in a range of sectors including banking, mining, sales, education, sports, government and more.  Any team, executive or organizational coach interested in fostering creativity in their own practices will surely not want to miss this episode!  

May 14, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach and early pioneer in the field of relationship systems coaching, Marita Fridjhon, for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Marita is the CEO and Co-Founder of CRR Global, Inc.—an ICF accredited coach training school—and the creator of the Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching(ORSC) program.  Her primary focus in coaching is on systemic change, leveraging diversity, creative communication, deep democracy in conflict management and the development of Learning Organizations.

In this episode Marita shares her journey growing up during the Apartheid era in South Africa; to sailing up the Amazon river where she investigated the impact of death and dying on families and communities and where she discovered the concept of the “dreaming nature of human systems;”  to becoming a faculty member of the Coaches Training Institute and then to co-founding CRR Global.  Some themes explored in the episode include: the dreaming nature and emergence of systems; the 3rd entity; Relationship Systems Intelligence; holonic shifts; the dynamics of coaching systems; becoming a systems coach and more. Throughout the interview, Marita shares stories of success and challenge from her own practice coaching individuals, teams and organizational systems.

This episode provides team, executive and business coaches with powerful insights and practical tips and for how to bring a systemic approach to their coaching practices.  This is an episode that all coaches will surely not want to miss!

May 7, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach and early pioneer in the field of team coaching, Professor Peter Hawkins, for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Dr. Hawkins is a Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, is the Emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group, the Chairman of Renewal Associates, and a leading consultant, coach, writer and researcher.  He is a thought leader in executive coaching, team coaching and board development and is the author of a number of books and papers including, among other works, Leadership Team Coaching (2014) and Leadership Team Coaching in Practice (2014).

In this episode Professor Hawkins shares his journey from working in drama therapy and psychotherapy in mental health organizations, to shifting into organizational development and getting a Ph.D. in organization learning and founding the Bath Consulting Group, to becoming a thought leader and practitioner in the area of systemic team coaching.  Themes covered in the episode include: the continuum of team coaching; the 5 disciplines of successful team practice (commissioning, clarifying, co-creating, connecting, core learning) and team coaching; the CID-CLEAR team coaching process; the team leader as coach; becoming a team coach; supervision and training of team coaches; and trends in the field of team coaching.  Throughout the interview, Professor Hawkins shares stories of success and challenge from his own practice coaching teams in diverse organizations.

This episode is overflowing with inspiration, practical insights as well as tips and tools that will help every new and experienced team coach take their practice to the next level. For episode show notes and more go to: http://www.teamcoachingzone.com/drpeterhawkins/

Apr 30, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Herb Stevenson for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Herb is the Founder and CEO of the Cleveland Consulting Group, a Board Certified Executive Coach, a Gestalt Certified Coach, and a Certified Professional Coach.  He specializes in executive development and coaching, succession planning, whole and large-scale change and diversity management.  Herb is also the Founder of Natural Passages, an organization that offers nature-based leadership programs for men.  He has spent the last decade reclaiming his Cherokee and Shawnee Indian heritage and provides workshops across the country on indigenous healing practices.

In this episode Herb shares his journey from working in the banking industry, to making a shift into gestalt consulting and coaching, to founding the Cleveland Consulting Group and also to facilitating leadership retreats for men.  Specific themes discussed on the show include: the gestalt approach to systems change; 4 levers to improve team effectiveness: roles, responsibilities, communication and authority; constructive conflict in teams; Tuckman’s four stages of team development including accelerating team development across the stages as well as clarifying the leader’s role at each stage; Hackman’s four purposes/types of meetings: informational, decisional, consultation, coordination; team charters; the diagnostic stage of intervention; a number of assessments (The Team Diagnostic, Extraordinary Teams Assessment, MBTI-Form Q, Thomas Kilman Conflict Styles Inventory, FIRO-Business, Influence Styles and the Intercultural Conflict Styles Assessment); prioritization and ROT (return on time); the ripening of receptivity for team coaching in business; virtual team coaching; co-leadership vs. individual leadership; and the relationship of engagement to leadership, team and organizational culture. Throughout the episode Herb shares numerous stories and anecdotes from his experiences coaching teams from a range of industries including banking, oil & gas, insurance and more. 

As a bonus to the episode, Herb shares perspectives from his work running nature-based retreats through his company Natural Passages that focuses on creating constructive rites of passage for men.

For detailed Show Notes go to: www.TeamCoachingZone.com/HerbStevenson

Apr 23, 2015

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Cliff Kayser for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Cliff is a Vice President at Polarity Partnerships, LLC as well as the President and Founder of XPERIENCE, LLC and Kayser Ridge (a retreat center).  Cliff holds Masters Degrees in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development, both from American University. He completed his ICF Coaching Certification at The Georgetown Executive Leadership Coaching Program.  Cliff has 25 years of experience in organization development consulting, coaching, and leadership training. Prior to joining Polarity Partnerships in 2012 and launching XPERIENCE, LLC in 2007, Cliff was Vice President of Organizational Development and Training for The National Cooperative Bank (NCB) and spent nearly a decade serving The Washington Post newspaper as Senior Organization Development Consultant and The Washington Post Company as Corporate Manager of Human Resources, Training & Web Development. Cliff is a faculty or adjunct faculty member for: The American University’s Master’s in Organization Development and KEY Executive Certificate Program; The Advanced Coaching Certificate program at George Mason Center for the Advancement of Well-being; The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland; The Federal Executive Institute under the Office of Personnel Management; and The 2-year Mastery Program in Polarity Thinking.  In this episode of the podcast, Cliff introduces listeners to "polarity thinking" and illustrates how this powerful framework can be used to drive leadership and team coaching.  Themes explored in the episode include: an introduction to polarity thinking; polarity maps; solvable problems vs. polarities; the 5-step process to leveraging polarities (Seeing, Mapping, Assessing, Learning, Leveraging); using polarities to go from "Good to Great" and more.  Cliff shares examples from his own practice of helping clients leverage polarities to drive leadership, team and organizational development.  Leadership and team coaches will find the polarity framework and tools a powerful addition to their coaching toolkit!

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