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.
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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!
Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Jennifer Porter for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Jennifer is the Managing Partner and a specialist in leadership and team coaching at the Boda Group. The Boda Group helps leaders and teams assess their capabilities, clarify how they want to engage and lead, strengthen critical relationships and skills, and operate more effectively. Prior to founding The Boda Group in 2011, Jennifer was a COO of Circles and Sentient Jet, a leadership coach with Spencer & Bean, a Vice President of Einstein Bagels and a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Jennifer holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and has pursued training and certification in: Interpersonal Dynamics at Stanford; Enneagram; The Coaches Training Institute, CPCC; International Coach Federation, PCC; Team Diagnostic Assessment; Harvard University/Kegan and Lahey: Immunity to Change; CRR Global, Advanced Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC). In this episode Jennifer shares her experience making the transition from a c-suite executive to a leadership and team coach as well as stories of hits and misses from her own team coaching practice. Themes explored in the episode include assessment in team coaching, structural dynamics, dialogue and native american counsel practices, team norms and operating principles, virtual team coaching platforms, the distinction between team training and team coaching, the link between business outcomes and team behaviors, scheduling team coaching engagements, discussable and undiscussable dialogue topics, building a "say anything" culture in teams, modeling and being bold as the team coach, finding "sandbox" clients to learn as a beginning team coach, supervision, having a plan while also working in the moment, and more. This episode is full of value, tips and lessons learned!
Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Dr. David Tate for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. David Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist, an executive coach and organizational consultant, an author and a Principal at Tate Consulting Group--a boutique consultancy that focuses on executive coaching and leadership advising, family owned and closely held enterprises, and organizational development. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University where he received the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award. He is the co-author of "Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business." David is also a certified coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. In this episode David shares stories and lessons learned coaching family business enterprises as well human service organizations. He discusses the importance of managing three subsystems--the management system, the ownership system and the family system--when coaching family business teams. Other themes explored in the episode include: introducing a coaching culture to a team, using the Team Emotional Intelligence Survey in team coaching, managing challenging individual personalities in team coaching, navigating power and generational dynamics, and more. The episode is brimming over with tips and tools that all team coaches and team leaders will surely not want to miss!
Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Erin Hutchins for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Erin is the Director of Corporate Client Solutions and Organizational Coaching for the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) based in Washington DC. She is a Professional Certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC), is Credentialed with the ICF (PCC Level), is a CTI Leadership Graduate, and is Leadership Circle Certified. Erin is passionate about heightening awareness, aligning your mind + body + soul, and inspiring transformational change through connecting with your authentic self and purpose. She has travelled and worked across various cultures in Europe and Asia. In this episode of the podcast, Erin provides an overview of the Co-Active Relationship Engine--a model useful for guiding team coaching engagements--and also takes listeners on a deep dive into one critical element of the Relationship Engine called "Designed Alliance." Designed Alliance involves helping the team establish a strong foundation upon which four aspects of team coaching can then unfold: 1. Take Responsibility, 2. Choose, 3. Align, 4. Commit. Erin shares stories from her own team coaching experience and how designing a strong alliance up front sets the conditions for successful team coaching engagements.