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Dec 24, 2016

Can team coaching help address gender inequity in our societies? What role do women's leadership teams have in transforming our society and in building sustainable peace? Tune in to this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast to explore these questions and more with special guest Dr. Susan Coleman!

Dr. Susan Coleman is the Host of The Peacebuilding Podcast, an internationally recognized mediator, and a team and systems coach with more than three decades of experience. She specializes in the field of peace building, conflict resolution and strategies to build common ground. Her recent focus is on women's leadership development.

In this episode of the TCZ podcast, Susan shares her journey from a corporate attorney working on litigation to discovering the world of integrative negotiation at the Program on Negotiation, to pioneering work in the field of intercultural negotiation and conflict resolution training at Columbia University and the United Nations, to developing as a systems intervener blending a range of methods including training, coaching, consulting, mediation and facilitation; to developing as a Gesltalt-based practitioner and ICF certified coach; to her current focus on supporting women's leadership development as well as being the Host of The Peacebuilding Podcast. Susan also shares a recent powerful team coaching case study working with senior women leaders in the Afghan government as a consultant for UN Women and team of other coaches and consultants. Themes covered in the episode include: self-management as a team coach; blending a range of methods in team coaching interventions; the role of vulnerability in team coaching; women's collective leadership development; embodiment in team coaching; team coaching in peacebuilding settings and more.

This is an inspiring episode that reveals the value that team coaches can play at even the highest levels of society and government as well as the need for team coaching at the leadership level in our countries. The is an episode that you will surely not want to miss!

Dec 9, 2016

How can organizations upgrade their operating models to adapt more effectively in an increasingly VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world? Tune in to this week's episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast with guest Olivier Compagne of HolacracyOne to find out. Olivier is a Partner at HolacracyOne as well as a seasoned consultant and coach with years of experience supporting companies transitioning to Holacracy.

In this episode of the podcast learn about Olivier's journey from his homeland in France to coming to the US to pursue a Master’s in Psychology with a focus on adult development, to his study of various conflict-resolution practices from Non-Violent Communication to mediation, and to his discovery of Holacracy.

Themes explored in the episode include: the need to upgrade our organizational operating models to be fit for the 21st century; the trends and movements that inspired Holacracy; defining Holacracy; self-managing organizations; the role of teams and circles in Holacracy; distributed authority and the governance process; the iterative process of updating the organizational structure; moving away from job descriptions to roles; how teams link up to each other as part of larger wholes; conflict resolution and decision making in the system; the role of coaching in Holacracy; how to introduce Holacracy into organizations; the book by Brian Robertson "Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World;" and more.

Olivier also shares some stories of companies that have implemented Holacracy as well as how consultants and coaches can become trained in the system.

This is an episode that all team coaches cannot afford to miss!

Dec 1, 2016

Does building a high performing team require knowledge of rocket science? Tune in to this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast to discover the answer with guest Dr. Gordon Curphy--the Managing Partner of Curphy Leadership Solutions. Dr. Curphy is the author of 19 books including The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams released in 2012. He is also the creator of Team Assessment Survey (TAS-II) based on the Rocket Model. Dr. Curphy has 30 years of experience working with more than 1500+ leaders, 200+ teams and consulting to a long list of leading organizations in a diverse array of industries and sectors.

Themes explored in the podcast include: Gordon’s journey from being a professor in the United States Armed Forces, to joining PDI, to working with the Blandin Foundation and then to setting up Curphy Leadership Solutions; Gordon’s 2012 book The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams; why high performing teams tend to be more the exception than the rule; the importance of having a team model; a compelling story about two ship-wrecked crews in the Antarctic; 8 elements and 3 stages of the rocket model: 1) Context, 2) Mission, 3) Talent, 4) Norms, 5) Buy-in, 6) Power, 7) Morale, 8) Results; the Team Assessment Survey (TAS-II); using the Rocket Model and TAS in team coaching and in leadership development programs; a story coaching a leadership team in a $billion retail organization facing a critical turnaround; lessons learned about when team coaching fails; resources for extending learning on the Rocket Model and utilizing the TAS-II; certification in the TAS-II; thoughts on future trends in teaming and more.

This is a rich episode laden with “value bombs” that all team leaders, team members and team coaches will surely not want to miss!

Nov 21, 2016

What can we learn from the past and present of team coaching in order to understand its future? What role will team coaching play in helping build 21st century organizations that are fit for purpose? What challenges and opportunities currently face team coaching as an emergent niche area within the larger coaching field? Tune in to this special episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast to find out!

This episode features a replay of a panel discussion on "The Past, Present and Future of Team Coaching" that was held on October 20, 2016 at the 2nd International Columbia University Coaching Conference which took place in New York City. The session was co-moderated by Dr. Krister Lowe (Host of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast (www.TeamCoaching and Dr. Sandra Hayes--an expert in Adult Learning, Leadership and Coaching. 7 key thought leaders and pioneers in team coaching were featured on the panel including: Jennifer Britton, David Clutterbuck, Marita Fridjhon, Dr. Peter Hawkins, DJ Mitsch, Phillip Sandhal, and Dr. Ruth Wageman. The panelists participated remotely via the Zoom meeting platform.

The session explored 3 broad questions:
1) What was the Zeitgeist that led these pioneers to contribute to the emergence of the team coaching field?
2) What key lessons learned stand out for each of the pioneers as result of their work coaching teams in organizations?
3) What are some of the key challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the future for the field of Team Coaching?

If you are interested in understanding more about the Past, Present and Future of team coaching then this is an episode that you will not want to miss! For episode  Show Notes go to: For a video-based version of this episode go to The Team Coaching Zone channel on YouTube:

Nov 14, 2016

What can the millennial generation of team coaches teach us about teams, teaming and team coaching? Tune in to this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast to find out! In this episode host Dr. Krister Lowe explores this topic with Yehudi Meshchaninov--a millennial team coach and the Founder of Leadership Labs NYC.

In the episode Yehudi shares his journey to team coaching beginning as a Rabbinical student where he was interested in exploring spiritual traditions; to discovering positive psychology and pursuing a master's degree; to working in education reform in New York City schools; to starting Leadership Labs NYC where he has been consulting to tech startups, boutique consulting firms and small businesses as a team coach; to pursuing an interdisciplinary doctorate at Columbia University in Adult Learning, Leadership and Organizational Psychology.

Some themes explored in this episode include: the role of learning in an age of constant change; Millennial values and how they are pushing a desire to bring the whole person to work; rapid iteration, sub-optimizing and learning in context; the role of spirituality in work; influences on Yehudi's approach to team coaching including structuralism (organizational psychology) developmentalism (adult learning and leadership); using video feedback in coaching and more. Yehudi also shares four stories coaching teams that reveal some powerful lessons learned and practical tips for team coaches.

This is a fun, inspiring and thought-provoking episode that you are not going to want to miss! Tune into today and get ready to take your team coaching practice to the next level!

Nov 5, 2016

How can you make team coaching as simple, sticky and fun as possible?  And why is that critically important? Tune in to this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast with Rob Bier--Founder of 6:30 Partners and Executive and Team Coach--to find out. 

Rob Bier has coached full-time for seven years. His background makes him equally comfortable working with the soft and the hard sides of business and people challenges. Prior to becoming a coach Rob served as founder and CEO of two private equity-backed companies in financial services, and previous to that he was a partner in Monitor Group, the strategy consulting firm.

Rob studied coaching with Professor Chris Argyris of the Harvard Business School, at the Coaches Training Institute, and with Nancy Kline of Time to Think. He has an engineering degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

In this podcast episode, Rob shares his journey from graduate school in the United States, to working with the Monitor Group in the UK, to building his own leadership team in a financial services company that he started in the Netherlands, to moving to Singapore and establishing 6:30 Partners. 

Themes explored in the podcast include: connecting team coaching to business performance; team coaching in Asia; three guiding principles for team coaching: simplicity, stickiness and fun; the positivity-productivity framework by Team Coaching International; the white-water rafting metaphor of team coaching; and using “The Thinking Environment” from Nancy Kline to create psychological safety and surface hidden conflict.

Rob shares two stories from his team coaching practice: a success story with the leadership team of a tech startup; and a semi-failure that surfaced conflict too quickly.  He also discusses his thoughts on the future of team coaching and shares a number of tips and resources including: "Time to Think" by Nancy Kline; use of the VoxVote app; Patrick Lencioni's books The 5 Dysfunctions and The Advantage, and more.  He also telegraphs his own book, "The Big Ride," which will be coming out in 2017.

This is a rich episode that all new as well as experienced team coaches will not want to miss!  Tune in today to begin taking your team coaching practice to the next level!

Oct 30, 2016

How can leaders, teams and organizations bring human spirit and engagement back to the world of work? Tune in to this week's special Halloween episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe interviews DJ Mitsch the Founder and Chief Coaching Officer of the Pyramid Resource Group and the Author of "Zombies to Zealots: Reawaken the Human Spirit at Work."

DJ Mitsch was featured back in Episode #009 of the TCZ podcast where she introduced listeners to the Team Advantage team coaching approach and to some stories that illustrate the transformative potential of team coaching in organizations.

In this episode DJ takes us into the journey of how we can move from being "zombies" at work into become "zealots." Themes explored in show include: the impetus for the book; the cause of low engagement in organizations; paying attention to the language we use at work and in particular to how we refer to people; a new consciousness trying to emerge in today's organizations; reclaiming the mind, heart, body and soul in our work; 4 pathways back to the light:

1. Reawaken
2. Remember
3. Reconnect
4. Rehumanize

DJ also shares linkages of the book to team leadership and to team coaching.

This is an inspiring episode that all team coaches will surely not want to miss! Tune in today and get ready to come back to life!

Oct 16, 2016

What is it that sets team coaching apart from other modalities, and what makes this way of working so powerful? Alexander Caillet—Founder and CEO of Corentus—has a clear point of view: team coaching focuses on real work, in real time, for real results.

Over the past 20+ years, Alexander has worked with more than 150 teams in more than 30 countries across five continents. In addition to his client work, he also conducts intensive team coaching training, through both Georgetown University and the Corentus Team Coaching Certificate Program. In this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast, Alexander shares his journey into team coaching and his perceptions of the possibilities and promise of this growing field.  

Themes explored on the podcast include:

  • The impact of coaching teams in real time, on real business issues
  • Limits of traditional team development approaches
  • Several different hats team coaches may wear
  • The need for practical team tools
  • Factors influencing the demand for team coaching engagements
  • Structure of team coaching engagements
  • Using sociograms for data gathering
  • Self-coaching within teams
  • What it takes to achieve sustainable change in teams
  • Critical considerations for coaching a team leader
  • Team coaching presence and mindset
  • and more.

Alexander relates stories from his own experience—both failures and successes—and highlights the lessons he’s learned about what it takes to practice effectively and responsibly as a team coach. He also shares a variety of resources for aspiring team coaches and current practitioners—ranging from self-guided learning tools to the 9-month Corentus Team Coaching Certificate Program to the 2017 Team Coaching Toolbox Gathering. (More information is available at

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an influential pioneer and thought leader in the team coaching field!

Oct 9, 2016

Join host Dr. Krister Lowe and today's featured guest Karin Zastrow--an innovator in the field of leadership and management development--for this week's episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast! Karin is the Founder and CEO of the Zastrow company based in Copenhagen Denmark. She is the author of the book and training program "Direct Leadership: The New Narrative of Every Day Leadership."

In this episode of the podcast, Karin shares her personal journey from conducting staff satisfaction surveys to delivering leadership training programs to creating the Direct Leadership program. Themes explored in the podcast include: the gap that Karin perceived in the leadership development field that led to creating Direct Leadership; 7 essential roles for leader-managers (Strategy Developer, Organization Developer, Knowledge Manager, Team Builder, Decision Enabler, Career Developer, Performance Generator); 4 behaviors that help enact the roles (Catcher, Initiator, Coach, Referee); the leader-manager as team coach; how many leadership development programs focus on the human dimension yet fail to equip leaders with the every day practical skills that actually lead to results; the problem of promoting leader-managers who have not been equipped properly and more. Karin shares some stories of team leaders and organizations that have applied the Direct Leadership approach. She also discusses some of the resources and training programs she offers that team coaches may find useful to explore.

Leadership and team coaches looking for practical tools and frameworks that can help team leaders succeed will find this episode right up their alley! This is yet another episode that you will surely not want to miss!

Oct 1, 2016

How can organizations leverage and scale the agile and nimble nature of small high performing teams at the enterprise level? Tune in to this week's featured Team Coaching Zone podcast with David Silverman--Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CrossLead--to discover some insights and answers to this fundamental question of our times.

In this episode David shares his life-long journey being on and working with high performing teams beginning with an early interest in competitive swimming and water polo; to becoming a Navy SEAL officer where he served on numerous combat deployments over 12 years with distinction; to bringing back insights learned from transforming the US counter-terrorism effort against Al-Qaeda that could then be applied in the business world; to co-authoring the book "Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World" with General Stanley McChrystal, Chris Fussell, and Tantum Collins; and to founding the firm CrossLead in 2016 that provides an enterprise solution combining a proven framework, software and services to empower organizations to thrive in today's complex environment.

Additional themes explored in the episode include: the shift from the industrial age to the knowledge age and now to the digital age; the disruptive forces and adaptive challenges faced by today's organizations and how they can be overcome through scaling nimble agile teams on an enterprise level; some of the elements of successful teaming gleaned from the 10,000+ hours in becoming a Navy SEAL and working on the SEAL teams; the CrossLead framework, software and services and how they are being applied in organizations; and more.

David shares a number of stories and lessons learned throughout the podcast that apply to all organizations at this time of disruption that brings both great challenge as well as opportunity. This is an episode that all team coaches will surely not want to miss!

Sep 18, 2016

Join Host Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest Keith McCandless--the Co-Founder of Liberating Structures--for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! In this episode Keith introduces listeners to "Liberating Structures." LS are powerful microstructures or simple rules that help groups unleash a culture of innovation.

Keith is the Co-Founder of Liberating Structures ( along with his colleague Henri Lipmanowicz. They are both co-authors of the book "The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation." Keith works with a diverse array of public and private organizations to help people take on complex challenges and innovation efforts. He specializes in unleashing everyone to work at the top of their collective intelligence. He calls himself a structured improvisationalist. He holds a Master's in Management of Human Science from Brandeis University in Boston and a B.A. from Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington.

Some themes explored in this podcast include: why planned change efforts tend to fail in organizations; the origins of liberating structures and why they help groups, teams and organizational systems develop new habits and culture; avoiding the extreme poles of top down change efforts on one end to the anarchy of open discussion and consensus-building and brainstorming on the other; reference to a number of the 33 structures; a compelling story of how Liberating Structures were used to transform a leadership team and whole subsidiary of a global company in Venezuela; how groups can very quickly in less than 20 minutes leverage their collective intelligence to innovate, make decisions, solve problems and more; the un-learning that is required to use Liberating Structures as a organizational consultant or pro facilitator and more. Keith also provides a brief overview of how listeners can quickly get up to speed on using Liberating Structures by visiting the website at, by reading the book and/or by attending an "immersion workshop" which are available in different places around the world.

Liberating Structures provides all team coaches with a powerful shift in mindset as well as a set of tools that help teams unleash their collective intelligence and that can unleash innovation as well as organizational change and transformation. This is an episode that all team coaches will surely not want to miss!

Sep 10, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and show guests--Dr. Vanessa Druskat and Dr. Steven Wolff--for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. The title of this episode is: "Team Emotional Intelligence: Cracking the Code on High Performing Teams." Dr. Druskat is Associate Professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, USA. She is an internationally recognized expert on team effectiveness, team leadership, and emotional intelligence. She works with top leadership teams around the world and is passionate about helping teams meet their collaborative potential. Together with Vanessa Druskat, Dr. Steven B. Wolff has developed a theory of group emotional intelligence that extends the theory of individual emotional intelligence to the group level. Dr. Wolff has over ten years experience as a professor teaching and researching team effectiveness and leadership. He worked as a research consultant at HayGroup where he helped Richard Boyatzis and Daniel Goleman develop their second generation EI instrument (the ESCI), and has 15 years experience in the high-tech industry as an engineer and manager.

In this episode Dr. Druskat and Dr. Wolff take listeners on a journey from their early days in graduate school conducting research together on teams, to collaborating with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis on scholarship in the area of team emotional intelligence, to publishing an article in the Harvard Business Review on "Building the Emotional Intelligence of Groups," to creating the Team Emotional Intelligence Survey, through some great stories working with real teams using the Team Emotional Intelligence framework and survey, to training team practitioners in the Team Ei instrument.

Specific themes covered in this episode include the 20 years of research behind team emotional intelligence; the team fundamentals, team emotional intelligence norms and social capital outputs that comprise team emotional intelligence and The Team Emotional intelligence Survey; lessons learned applying Team Ei with real world teams; the critical role of norms in facilitating team effectiveness; what differentiates good performing teams from high performing teams and more.

This is a rich episode that listeners are sure to listen to over and over again. All team coaches should be familiar with this important body of knowledge that cracks the code on what drives high performing teams. This is definitely an episode that you won't want to miss!

Sep 5, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! In today's show, Dr. Lowe rounds out a 3-part series on Team Coaching Resources with a review of 5 team coach training programs. In the episode Krister puts training in the context of the 70-20-10 rule of learning as well as the 10,000 hour mastery perspective.

The five team coaching training programs reviewed in the episode include:

1. The Team Advantage Team Coaching Certification Program offered by The Pyramid Resource Group.

2. The Systemic Team Coaching Certificate and Certification Program offered by the Academy of Executive Coaching.

3. The Certified Team Performance Coach Certification Program offered by Team Coaching International.

4. The Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching Certification Program (ORSC) offered by CRR Global.

5. The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Intensive and Practicum offered by Potentials Realized.

Additional themes mentioned on the podcast are certification programs in the Team Diagnostic Survey and The Team Emotional Intelligence Assessment, the upcoming Columbia International Coaching Conference in October as well as special discounts on many of the training programs mentioned in today's episode for subscribers of The Team Coaching Zone newsletter. Sign up today at!

Aug 26, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! In this podcast, Krister shares his recommendations for books on team coaching. This is the second in a 3-part series focusing on resources for team coaches. The first episode looked at assessments in team coaching and the third episode will look at team coach training programs. 

This episode is divided into 2 Parts:

1. Top 5 Books on Team Coaching
2. Recommendations on 10 Additional Books on Teams, Teaming, and Team Effectiveness/Performance.

Listeners will find this episode useful for reviewing some essential bodies of knowledge and resources relevant to the field of team coaching.

Finally, listeners are encouraged to go to to subscribe to the Zone's weekly newsletter which has information and discounts for upcoming team coaching training and assessment certification programs along with other helpful information for team coaches. Links to all the books mentioned in this episode can be found in the show notes page for this episode at as well as in the Resources section of the website.

Have a great day and remember to Stay in the Zone!

Aug 15, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! In this episode, Krister shares his thinking around using assessments as part of team coaching engagements. This is the first in a 3-part series focusing on resources for team coaches. The second episode will look at leading team coaching books for team coaches. The third episode will look at some of the leading team coach training programs available.

Specific themes explored in this episode include:

1. The Pros & Cons of Using Assessments
2. Overview of individual Level Assessments
3. Overview of 5 Team Level Assessments
4. Alternative Methods of Assessment: surveys, interviews, focus groups and observation

Listeners will find this episode useful for understanding why to use assessments in the first place as well as what options are available for doing so. Krister also shares some of his experiences using assessments with clients.

Finally, listeners are encouraged to go to to subscribe to the Zone's weekly newsletter which has information and discounts on upcoming team coaching training and assessment certification programs along with other helpful information for team coaches.

Have a great day and remember to Stay in the Zone!

Jul 19, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s featured guest and thought leader in the area of team coaching—John Leary-Joyce—for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. John is the President and Founder of the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC)—a global organization that provides a route for professionals to gain coaching mastery. He has rapidly established the AoEC as a brand of excellence accredited by the International Coaching Federation, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and Middlesex University. He is the author of Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work, is a founder and thought leader of Systemic Team Coaching, and certifies and supervises team coaches around the world.

Themes explored in the podcast include: John’s journey as a Gestalt psychotherapist into executive and team coaching; the establishment of the AoEC; individual signature presence; incorporating the organizational and systemic context into coaching; John’s collaboration with Peter Hawkins; similarities and differences between team development, team facilitation and team coaching; the ongoing process of team coaching over time; the Five Disciplines of Team Coaching – Commissioning, Clarifying, Co-Creating, Connecting, Core Learning; inside out and outside in as well as the task and relationship components in team coaching; collective leadership; individual and collective performance appraisal within teams; the learning team; differentiating elements of Systemic Team Coaching; supervision of team coaches; shadow team coaches; being able to challenge as well as hold as a team coach; helping teams maintain momentum in team coaching; the future of team coaching and more.

In the episode John shares a number of success as well as failure stories from his executive and team coaching practice. He also shares information about AoEC’s team coach training programs; the Team Connect 360 diagnostic tool; his book Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work; as well as other resources available at

Systemic Team Coaching is one of the leading approaches to team coaching that all team coaches should explore. This episode provides a great introduction from one the thought leaders and founders in the area. This is an episode that you will surely not want to miss!

Jun 13, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s featured guest and leading organizational scholar and practitioner Dr. Bill Torbert—a Principal at Action Inquiry Associates—for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! Bill Torbert received a BA in Politics and Economics and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. He served as the Founder and Director of the War on Poverty Yale Upward Bound program and the Theatre of Inquiry. He taught leadership at Southern Methodist University, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and from 1978-2008 at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College where he served as the graduate school Dean. He later served as the Director of the Organizational Transformation Doctoral Program. In addition to consulting to dozens of companies, not-for-profits and government agencies, Bill has served on a number of boards including notably at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Trillium Asset Management. As of 2014 he serves as Principal of Action Inquiry Associates and is a Founding Member of the Action Inquiry Fellowship. Bill has published a range of books, papers, psychometric assessments and has created a number of training programs and fellowships in Action Inquiry as well.

On this episode of the podcast Dr. Torbert shares his journey first growing up abroad as the son of a father who worked in the Foreign Service and where he had to learn a number of languages. These early experiences set the stage for his future work around “developmental action-logics.” Bill shares some of his experiences as a student of Chris Argyris at Yale and his work trying to create a collaborative program between blacks and whites in the Yale Upward Bound program. He discusses how the work in this program led to his interest in understanding the developmental stages of leaders and organizations.

Themes covered in the podcast include: developmental stages among leaders; the Global Leadership Profile; Action Inquiry; single, double & triple loop learning; 7 Developmental Action Logics – Opportunist, Diplomat, Expert, Achiever, Redefining, Transforming, Alchemical; unilateral and mutual power; humanity’s evolution across three stages of action-logics: dependence, independence & inter-independence; action-logics at the team and organization levels; stories applying Action Inquiry with teams; redistributing leadership roles in the team; the moderating role of the CEO’s action logic; the action-logics of coaches; the role of conflict in Action Inquiry; time frames for change and more. Bill shares an interesting tip involving coaching with your eyes closed.

Specific resources mentioned in the episode include: Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership;; 3 day Action Inquiry Workshops including the Global Leadership Profile; the 3 day Alchemists' Workparty; the Action Inquiry Fellowship; and the 2005 Harvard Business Review article The Seven Transformations of Leadership.

This episode provides team coaches with yet another priceless opportunity to learn from a legend in the field. This is an episode you will surely not want to miss!

Jun 7, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s featured guest and leading organizational coach Bob Costello—a Senior Agile Coach with the Eliassen Group—for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! Bob offers over 20 years experience in the software industry and has held leadership positions in both software startups and large organizations. He has a background in software development, product management, and engineering. For the last 8 years Bob has been helping organizations, both at the team and leadership levels, to make the transition to agile. Bob excels at helping organizations achieve both their business and organizational goals of an agile change program, with leadership coaching, team coaching and change management. He has a rich background of experience with IBM Design Studio, BlueCollar Objects, Akkolade Consulting, Valtech, ACS, CGI-AMS, BEA Systems, Deloitte, Next Software and more.

In this episode Bob shares his journey over the last 20 years rising up through the ranks in the software development industry to becoming an agile leadership and team coach. Themes covered in the podcast include: working at NEXT Software with Steve Jobs; The Agile Manifesto; the changing operating context that catalyzed the agile movement; agile principles and practices; coaching agile mindsets vs. process; “being” vs. “doing” agile; using situational leadership for coaching agile leaders and teams; shared leadership in agile teams; the 4 SCRUM ceremonies; managing your role as an agile team coach; team maturity and development; agile teams as learning teams and more. Bob also shares some great stories coaching agile teams as well as recommendations on books and team coach training programs that focus on agile.

All team coaches including both generalist practitioners as well as specialists in coaching agile teams will find Bob’s insights and lessons learned well worth the listen. This is an episode that you will surely not want to miss!

May 31, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s guest and early pioneer in the team coaching field—Professor David Clutterbuck—for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! Professor David Clutterbuck is Practice Lead at David Clutterbuck Partnership, Special Ambassador for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Founder of Coaching and Mentoring International, Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam, Oxford Brookes and York St. John Universities and an Adjunct Faculty at Ashridge Coaching MBA. He is also the author of 65 books and countless articles, white papers and blog posts. David is the author of the team coaching classic “Coaching the Team At Work”—an essential read for all team coaches. He is a thought leader in the coaching world and a leading trainer and supervisor of coaches and team coaches. 

In this episode of the podcast, David shares his journey into team coaching. Themes explored on the show include: his book “Coaching The Team At Work;” working with teams across the full organizational hierarchy; multiple types of teams (leadership teams, cabin crew teams, stable teams, project teams, learning teams, evolutionary teams and more); knowledge management in teams; working with history in teams; coaching as a link between the inner context and the outer context; getting quick wins; the dangers of focusing too much on dysfunction; goals in team coaching; contracting and re-contracting in team coaching; three core focal areas in team coaching (performance, learning, relationships/behavior); focusing on opportunities vs. problems; performance vs. learning orientations; self-coaching in teams; individual vs. team level learning; coaching cultures in teams; learning plans in teams; peer coaching within teams; the importance of having skills in “being coached;” 9 signs when you shouldn’t coach a team; the current lack of team coach supervision; four developmental mindsets of coaches (model-based à process-based à philosophy/discipline-based à systemic/eclectic-based); powerful questions in team coaching; balancing bringing calm to teams while also generating constructive conflict; three practical tips for coaching teams – 1) how to manage extroverts vs. introverts in teams, 2) how to manage resistance to you as the team coach, 3) a creative way to address interpersonal conflict in teams; David’s 3-day “From One-to-One Coach to Team Coach” training program; David’s perspectives on the evolution of team coaching and more.

This is yet another podcast with a towering figure in the team coaching arena that is chock full of “value bombs” and an episode that you will surely not want to miss!

May 9, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and pioneering figure in the field of team and systems coaching--Marita Fridjhon--for this episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Marita Fridjhon is 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.

Marita was a guest on the TCZ podcast last year in episode #020. The show was titled: "The Dreaming Nature of Systems: How Team, Executive & Business Coaches Can Work with What's Emerging." Marita is now back a year later to share an overview of her recently published book: "Creating Intelligent Teams: Leading with Relationship Systems Intelligence" which she co-authored with Anne Rod. Themes explored in the episode include: Why we need intelligent teams; the 5 principles of intelligent teams; the distributed nature of leadership in teams and systems; competencies of intelligent teams; the 3 phase approach to help teams discover and work with their intelligence; culturally intelligent teams; and more. Marita also provides listeners with two free resources available on the CRR Global website: 1) a benchmarking tool for creating coaching cultures in organizations; and 2) a white paper on the 5 principles and Relationship Systems Intelligence (RSI).

This episode provides listeners with a taste of the insights, tips and tools that await them in this "must-read" book on team coaching! Enjoy!

May 1, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach Dr. Doug MacKie for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Dr. MacKie is a Director, a business psychologist and an executive coach at CSA Consulting in Brisbane Australia. He specializes in the strength-based assessment and development of executive and leadership capability within top 100 companies both in the UK, Asia and Australia. Doug completed the largest controlled trial to date on the effects of strength-based executive coaching on transformational leadership behavior. He recently published a book on Strength-Based Leadership Coaching in Organisations (2016).

In this episode, Doug shares his early career as a practicing clinical psychologist and his experiences working on clinical teams. He then discusses his transition into organizational psychology and his mission to bring rigor to the research underlying the coaching field. Themes explored in the podcast include: strengths-based approach to leadership and team coaching; positive psychology; the importance of evidenced-based practice in coaching; strengths-based research controlled trial findings; the importance of aligning with team leaders; using the MLQ 360 with leaders and teams; how to bring a strengths-based approach into team coaching; how team coaching complements and adds to team facilitation and other forms of team intervention and more. Doug also shares some great stories from his practice coaching leaders and teams around the world including working with a team in Mongolia.

This is an episode that is sure to both inspire as well as to educate team coaches. You will not want to miss the powerful insights, lessons learned and practical tips that Dr. MacKie provides!

Apr 21, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's show guests and leading organizational coaches--Yosh Beier and Yael Sivi--for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Yosh Beier and Yael Sivi are Co-Founders at Collaborative Coaching--a leadership and team coaching firm based in New York City. Yosh Beier is an executive coach and organizational effectiveness consultant who coaches leaders and teams to improve alignment and strategic executions while moving past human issues that interfere with individual and organizational success. Yael Sivi is an organization development consultant and executive coach who supports leaders and organizations create collaborative and engaging work environments. She has expertise in emotional intelligence, team collaboration and leadership development for emerging leaders. She also regularly speaks publicly about integrating generational differences and team collaboration.

In this episode of the podcast Yosh and Yael share their respective journeys into coaching and team coaching and also provide an overview of Collaborative Coaching--a firm they co-founded that focuses on helping organizations create collaborative advantage. Themes explored on the podcast include: why there are so few high performing teams; the role of collaboration, conflict and culture in teams and team coaching; the role of psychological safety, vulnerability and emotional intelligence of teams; force field analysis in needs assessment; structuring team coaching engagements; the role of the team leader in team coaching and more. They also share a number of insightful stories and lessons learned coaching teams from their practice.

This is an episode that all team coaches will surely not want to miss!  For episode show notes go to:

Apr 15, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach--Dr. Faith Fuller--for this episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Faith Fuller, PhD is Co-Owner and President of CRR Global and The Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) program. CRR Global is an ICF accredited coach training school. She is an experienced Psychologist, Coach and Trainer with 15+ years experience working with organizations, couples and communities. Faith takes a systems approach to coaching.

In this episode of the podcast Faith shares her journey as a psychologist into the field of coaching and into working with systems at the individual, pair and collective levels. Themes explored in the podcast include: coaching with a system's lens; 3 levels of system; the 3rd entity; bringing the system into the coaching; the role of conflict in creating organizational and culture change; an overview of the 5 course ORSC series; sustaining change through coaching systems over time; some insights about working with systems coaching across cultures and more. Faith also shares two great stories: one about a disrupter in a team called "The Beach Master" and another involving scaling systems coaching in a county government.

This podcast is a wonderful opportunity for team and systems coaches to learn from one of the pioneers in the field and is an episode that you will surely not want to miss!

Mar 27, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's interview guest Dr. Trexler Proffitt for this special episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Trexler Proffitt, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Organization and Management at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. He is also the CEO of Team Diagnostics, LLC.--the provider of The Team Diagnostic Survey (TDS), a scientifically validated and reliable instrument that assesses teams on 6 essential conditions that drive effectiveness. Dr. Proffitt holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, a M.S. from Northwestern University and a B.A from Yale University. He is a passionate and innovative teacher with a range of experiences in: strategic management, organization behavior, negotiation, social responsibility, and entrepreneurship. He is grounded in rigorous academic training while focused on fostering socially responsible leadership and entrepreneurial thinking. He also values being a team player and is comitted to teaching a variety of courses and meeting students where they are in their learning path.

In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Proffitt provides an overview of the origins of The Team Diagnostic Survey at Harvard University with the late Dr. Richard Hackman as well as a team of researchers including among others Dr. Ruth Wageman. He shares insights into the academic as well as applied purposes of the instrument. Trexler walks listeners through two sets of factors that comprise the model and instrument. The first set--The Essentials--looks at 1) Real Team, 2) Compelling Direction, and 3) Right People. The second set--The Enablers--looks at 4) Sound Structure, 5) Supportive Context, and 6) Expert Coaching. Throughout the episode Trexler provides rich examples that provide context to the instrument and how it can be used to help teams increase their effectiveness and performance.

The episode provides listeners with an excellent overview of the essential factors that drive team effectiveness and also with a tool that may be an essential addition to every team coaches toolkit!

Mar 15, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's show guest and pioneering innovator, consultant and coach- Barry Jentz--on this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Barry is an Owner and Partner at Learning & Leadership, Inc., and an innovator, author and practitioner in the area of leadership, team and organizational intervention. His career spans more than 40 years. Barry holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and a MA from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Barry's experience spans a range of industries and sectors including: newspaper publishing, media, finance, nuclear power, architectural design, construction, real estate development, international management consulting, engineering, and high tech start ups; as well as private schools and universities, community colleges, town governments, state education organizations, school boards/committees, public school professional organizations, non-profits, law firms, and doctors associations. He is the author of "Talk Sense: Communicating to Lead and Learn," of "The EntryPlan Approach: How to Start a Leadership Position Successfully," and "Leadership and Learning: Personal Change in a Professional Setting." He has also pioneered a number of consulting and coaching methodologies.

In this episode of the podcast, Barry shares highlights from his 40 year career. Themes explored in the interview include: getting counseling as a prerequisite for consultants and coaches; Barry's experience at NTL; the role of discrepancies and Barry's video feedback model for coaching leaders and teams; psychological safety; the role of infrastructure in teaming; the Predict, Plan and Preclude framework; The PlayBook Offsite methodology; the Stop Start Continue team feedback model, using the MBTI and more. Barry also shares some great stories coaching leaders and teams in the education, nuclear power, and high rise construction industries.

This is yet another wonderful opportunity for team coaches to learn from another legend in the field. Barry drops a lot of value bombs in this episode and it is surely one you will not want to miss!

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