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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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Sep 20, 2019

Listen to this episode at Team Coaching Zone, on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

This week on the show, Cynthia Loy Darst, Master Coach, coach trainer, keynote speaker and author of Meet Your Inside Team, joins me Carissa Bub to talk about how to triumph over your hardest client yet, yourself (!), and how to help others to do the same.

In this episode, Cynthia and I cover a range of topics including:

  • Her early influences as an actor in New York in the 1980s
  • How she left acting to pursue a deeper fascination with people
  • Founding the faculty of two world-leading coaching schools
  • What she has learnt working as a team with her husband
  • Her experiences as a front of room leader for CTI and CRRGlobal
  • What led to her discovery of the Inside Team
  • The influence of other systems work methodologies on her thinking
  • How she works with her Inside Team
  • How she uses this approach to manage internal conflict
  • Why knowing your Inside Team can help you as a Coach
  • How to help your client Team work with their Inside Teams
  • The future Team Coaching competencies

More on Cynthia:

Cynthia is internationally known as a passionate pioneer in the world of coaching: one of the first to gain the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coach Federation, one of the founding leaders for CRR Global (Centre For Right Relationship) and The Coaches Training Institute, and one of the founders of the ICF. Cynthia works with people from all walks of life: CEOs to chiropractors, singers to Silicon Valley pros, teams that produce documentaries to sales teams in the insurance industry. In 2004, after 10 years of growing coaches to the level of ‘competent,’ she started creating ongoing training for advanced coaches to support them in becoming coaching masters. The Inside Team courses, workshops, and retreats came out of that work. You can find everything you want to now about Cynthia here: https://teamdarst.com

P.S Whenever you’re ready here are 2 ways Team Coaching Zone can help inspire your imagination and impact:

Join a Master-class or Webinar: If you're looking for more imagination, tools and courage to take your coaching practice to the next level we have a menu of learning bites to inform and entertain you. You can attend a masterclass or log in and join a growing number of our live webinar series we are launching around the world. Check out https://www.teamcoachingzone.com for more information. If you’re interested in a topic and can’t find it here, get in touch, carissa@teamcoachingzone.com

Come on an Adventure of a Lifetime:

Every year, we take a group of coaches on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I believe that adventuring gets us out of our comfort zone, stimulates us in new ways and helps us connect with the world around us. These trips are designed to disrupt your current reality, challenge your assumptions and reconnect you to your wider purpose. This year we were in Norway on the Nautilus Voyage learning to sail and experimenting with team of teams. Join us in 2020 for our next adventures this April in Cuba and this coming July in Norway! Check out https://www.teamcoachingzone.com/nautilus for more information and updates. Reach out to krister@teamcoachingzone.com

Sep 5, 2019

This week on the show, Melanie Seymour, former Head of Budapest for BlackRock now head of Global Client Services, joins me Carissa Bub as we talk about how she led the building of BlackRock’s newest organisation and centre for innovation, scaling from zero to 500 hires in less than two years. We spoke while Melanie was in Budapest, a place she has fallen in love with, a few months before she accepted her new role at Blackrock.

Melanie and I discuss:
• Her previous experience building and selling her first financial services business in the UK
• How she set out to create a team that thinks differently and is capable of innovation
• The challenges she faced in the set up and build out of the organisation
• How she set out to create a team and team of teams culture
• Making the new organisation an integral part of the global organisation
• Her passion for creating inclusive modern organisations
• Advice for team coaches working with scale ups and global organisations
• Beyond teams, the critical importance of creating community and belonging
• What else Melanie is up to and where you can get in touch

More about Melanie Seymour:

Melanie has over 30 years experience in Finance and Banking holding senior roles in Technology, Operations and Change Management as well as running her own business. She set up and ran a mortgage distribution business with one partner and over 8 years grew the business team of over 200 with 3 offices throughout the UK and a turnover in excess of £20 million.

In 2011 she joined the global investment manager BlackRock, and is today the Head of Global Client Services. For the two years prior Melanie was responsible for the set up, build out and future growth of BlackRock Budapest. Melanie is Co Chair of the EMEA chapter of BlackRock internal women’s committee ( WIN ) where she leads a programme of events to support women ( and men ) in their career journey through the firm. She is passionate about education and developing the next generation of leaders, mentoring a number of men and women both internally and externally.

She has been a Chair of Governors since 2005 and was a coach for the charity Teach First who provide a leadership route into teaching to encourage the most talented graduates to join the most challenging schools. In 2015 Melanie was recognised as one of Brummells Top 30 Inspiring Women in the City. She joined the Advisory Board of Women in Banking and Finance in 2017 after three years as Vice President. Melanie splits her time between Budapest and London with her husband and 2 sons.

P.S Whenever you’re ready . . . here are 4 ways I and Team Coaching Zone can help inspire your imagination and impact:

Join the Community of Change Makers
For the past few years we’ve been developing a community of change makers. Entrepreneurs and coaches who want to impact people and the planet in new and innovative ways. We are a supportive group committed to deepening our missions and lifting each other up when things get tough. If you'd like to learn more, go to: https://www.teamcoachingzone.com/community 

Join a Master-class or webinar
If you're looking for more imagination, tools and courage to take your coaching practice to the next level we have a menu of learning bites to inform and entertain you. You can attend a masterclass or log in and join a growing number of our live webinar series we are launching around the world. Check out  https://www.teamcoachingzone.com/team-coaching-master-classes and https://www.teamcoachingzone.com/webinars for more information. 

Come on an Adventure of a Lifetime
Every year, we take a group of coaches on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I believe that adventuring gets us out of our comfort zone, stimulates us in new ways and helps us connect with the world around us. These trips are designed to disrupt your current reality, challenge your assumptions and reconnect you to your wider purpose.
This year we were in Norway on the Nautilus Voyage learning to sail and experimenting with team of teams. Join us in April 2020 in Cuba for our next adventure! Reach out to krister@teamcoachingzone.com for more information on this exciting program and check out https://www.teamcoachingzone.com/nautilus for updates.

Work with us
It's no secret that in age defined by the disruptive forces of digital transformation and climate change learning how to be human matters. We are keen to partner with businesses with the courage and curiosity to do things differently. Leaders and teams looking to upgrade their minds so that they can have a transformative impact on the larger system they are part of. Is that you? Just reach out to me Carissa Bub at carissa@teamcoachingzone.com with the word “Curious” in the subject line and tell us more about how to contact you.

Aug 21, 2019

Listen to this episode at Team Coaching Zone, on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Music Play, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

This week on the show, Matthias Scheffelmeier, partner at Ashoka Germany joins me Carissa Bub as we talk about the leadership team’s journey on becoming a self-managing organisation, the power of working with a leadership team coach, and his passion for Change Makers Exchange, a growing movement of young social entrepreneurs. Matthias and I discuss:

  • How Matthias at a young age was focused on corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship
  • His experiences working at MicroSoft and the need for me that took him to Askhoka
  • The work of Ashoka Germany and how it supports social entrepreneurs today
  • Outer transformation can only come about through inner transformation doing the inner work
  • What it took to transform the organisation and how coaching really helped
  • Lessons learnt in the transition from a more traditional partnership model to a self-managing organisation
  • Using the lessons learnt at Ashoka to build a global community of young social entrepreneurs
  • The huge importance of community in helping young social entrepreneur avoid burnout and stay sane
  • What else Matthias is up to and where you can get in touch

You can reach Matthias on:

ashoka.org (Company Website)

changemakerxchange.com (Company Website)

mscheffelmeier@hotmail.com

Twitter: mscheffelmeier

Aug 7, 2019

Episode #102: Andrew Taggart: The Art of Philosophizing and Teams

Listen to this episode at Team Coaching Zone, on iTunes, on SoundCloud, Google Music Play, on Stitcher Radio, or on Spotify.

This week on the show, Andrew Taggart, Zen Buddhist, practical philosopher and Founder of Askole joins me Carissa Bub (Show Host) as we talk about the future of work, how the art of philosophising can help teams align their work with the pursuit of having a good life, and the differences and similarities between systemic coaching and philosophising. Andrew and I discuss:

  • What took him to becoming a practical philosopher
  • What attracted him to living a contemplative life
  • Why philosophical questions matter today
  • The types of organizations drawn to this work
  • His work with tech teams and entrepreneurs
  • How he goes about running a group session
  • What the art of philosophising and teams sounds like
  • How coaches working with groups might use this art
  • The future of work and how this type of inquiry helps define it

More on Andrew

Andrew Taggart is a Zen Buddhist and a practical philosopher. He asks and seeks to answer the most basic questions of human existence with others around the world. In 2009, he finished a Ph.D., left the academic life, and moved to New York City because he thought the most fundamental question of how to live needed to be brought back into our everyday lives. Each day he speaks via Skype or Zoom with business executives and tech entrepreneurs throughout the US, Canada, and Europe about the nature of a good life. He is also the founder of Askole [pronounced ah-SKO-lay] whose aim is to help technologists examine what, at bottom, they’re taking for granted. His ideas have been discussed in Quartz, The Guardian, Big Think, Wisconsin Public Radio, TEDx, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. He and his wife Alexandra are currently exploring the American Southwest.

 

You can reach Andrew here:

andrewjtaggart.com
askole.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-taggart-17157a12/

Aug 7, 2019

Episode #101: A Personal Introduction to Season Two by Carissa Bub. Listen to this episode at Team Coaching Zone, on iTunes, on SoundCloud, Google Music Play, on Stitcher Radio, or on Spotify.

This week on the show you can listen to Carissa, as she introduces herself and the second season of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast. She shares:

  • Her orientation to life
  • Her professional journey thus far
  • What attracted her to want to host the podcast
  • What types of organizations she work with
  • Her vision for this podcast
  • What she would like from you

More on Carissa:

For the past 18 years Carissa has run an international practice coaching senior leaders, C-Suite leadership teams and scale-ups to create value through the power of human connection. She works systemically with real-time business issues and relationship challenges from the boardroom to the factory floor and develops leaders so they expand consciousness, transforming themselves, their teams and organizations to be catalysts for good in the world. Core focus areas include leadership effectiveness, team effectiveness, leadership culture, and stakeholder communications and engagement. Representative clients include global corporates, family businesses, SMEs, international government agencies, NGOs and social enterprise. Carissa has been on faculty training coaches in Organizational & Relationship Systems Coaching for CRRGlobal, Team Performance Coaching for Team Coaching International, and more recently the Team Coaching Zone. She is also on the Global Coaching faculty of BlackRock, and since 2002 has designed and delivered leadership development curriculum programs for several corporate academies through her own consultancy, Bubworks. Bubworks is a boutique leadership development agency specialising in communications and leadership presence which operates as a global hub for seasoned coaches and facilitators. Prior to 2002, Carissa held roles as a news and current affairs television and radio journalist with the BBC and Channel Television, presenting and reporting live from the field and studio on programs such as The World Tonight, Channel Report and World Business Report. Carissa is also accredited as a Co-Active Professional Coach, Master Practitioner in NLP, Performance Coach and has qualifications in Systemic Team Coaching, Oshry’s Power & Systems Organisational Workshop, and numerous leadership and team diagnostic assessments. Her academic qualifications include a Masters in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from UCL, BSc Urban Estate Management from University of Westminster, and a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism from University of the Arts London.

You can reach Carissa here:

 

Jul 11, 2019

Join Dr. Krister Lowe for this special review and celebration of the first 100 episodes of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast as well as his farewell as the host of the show.

In this episode Krister:

  • Shares high level reflections on hosting the podcast since its inception on January 1, 2015
  • Revisits the main purposes of the show as envisaged in Episode #001 and conducts an informal After Action Review
  • Shares some highlights from key episodes as well as essential lessons learned
  • Explores future trends in the team coaching field
  • Discusses the future of The Team Coaching Zone
  • Invites future show host Carissa Bub onto the podcast to share her vision of how she will lead the Team Coaching Zone Podcast in its next evolution
  • Shares parting thoughts and a heartfelt farewell

For show notes and more information on team coaching as well as links to all 100 episodes of the show go to: https://www.teamcoachingzone.com/

Jul 11, 2019

What are the forces, trends and movements impact the field of team development and team coaching? How can we as team coaches and field of team coaching itself stay fit for purpose? How can we collaborate across our diverse approaches to address the fundamental challenges of our time?

Tune in to this installment of the Team Coaching Zone podcast to explore these and other compelling questions. Join show host Dr. Krister Lowe and a panel of distinguished guests--Dr. Peter Hawkins, Dr. Ruth Wageman & Gabe Abella--for a dynamic round table discussion.

Themes explored in this episode include:

  • Areas of commonality between Peter, Ruth and Gabe's approaches to working with teams
  • The work of today and tomorrow as the focal point of team coaching
  • Creating the conditions for great collaborations
  • Collaborative intelligence - WeQ
  • Working across levels of system
  • Sustainable work practices in teams: expanding our view of team effectiveness
  • Renewal in teams
  • Movements, forces and trends impacting teams and team coaching
  • And more!

This is an episode that team coaches will surely not want to miss! Listen today and let Peter, Ruth & Gabe help you take your team coaching practice to the next level! For show notes and more information go to: www.TeamCoachingZone.com

Jul 11, 2019

What are the challenges and opportunities coaching purpose-driven teams vs. profit-driven teams? How do we develop team leaders and teams working in hierarchical organizational settings? How do we balance the structural, relational and emergent needs and dynamics in teams?

Tune in to this installment of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe explores these compelling questions with special guest Jason Ighani. Jason Ighani is an accomplished team development specialist who brings over 15 years of (global experience) to KITE. He has worked extensively within the United Nations system in the areas of leadership development and performance management; specializing in assessing, launching and coaching leadership teams in both emergency and development contexts. Jason’s clients include a wide range of agencies and NGOs including UNICEF, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNHCR and the UN Secretariat. Jason is also the founder of The Humanitarian Coaching Network, an organization that enlists coaches worldwide to help humanitarian and development organizations support the engagement and wellbeing of their staff and accelerate organizational change. Jason often works with an organization's most senior leadership, and has a strong reputation for combining empathy with a candid, supportive, direct approach to helping teams become more responsive, aware and agile.

Some themes explored in this episode include:

  • The journey to becoming a team coach
  • Balancing coaching the structural conditions of teams along with the relational and emergent aspects
  • The special role of team leaders in team coaching as well as the limits of their role
  • Coaching purpose-driven teams in the international humanitarian sector
  • Clarity of purpose and accountability in teams
  • Assessing team leader and team readiness for team coaching
  • The frontier being more in the “art of team coaching” vs. the “science of team coaching”
  • Continuing one’s evolution as a team coach
  • And more!

This is an episode full of value bombs that all team coaches will surely not want to miss! Start listening today and let Jason Ighani help you take your team coaching practice to the next level! For show notes and more information on team coaching go to: https://www.teamcoachingzone.com

Aug 1, 2018

Is our whole body actually a distributed brain? Can coaching with the body in mind lead to breakthroughs in behavior change and business results? How does embodiment coaching work at the team level?

Tune into this installment of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe explores these and other interesting questions with special guest Amanda Blake--the Founder of Embright.org and the Author of Your Body is Your Brain. Amanda Blake has devoted her life to the spread of one simple message: when you learn how to access the intelligence hidden in sensation, you open the door to more meaning, greater courage, deeper connection, and more powerful leadership than you ever thought possible. She is a Founder, an Author, a Research Fellow, a Master Somatic Leadership Coach, a Doctoral Candidate at Case Western Reserve University, and more.

Some themes explored in this episode include:

  • Amanda’s journey from athlete to coach to master somatic coach / author / trainer and more
  • The body as a distributed brain
  • The body as our social and emotional sense organ
  • Internal and external organs of perception
  • The neurobiological aspects of behavior and learning
  • Implications of embodiment approaches to coaching, leadership development and team effectiveness
  • Stories of application
  • Advice on how to get started exploring embodiment in your personal and professional life
  • Learning resources
  • And more!

This episode is guaranteed to leave you with a deeper understanding of yourself, your body, your mind and more! Tune in today and let Amanda Blake help you take your individual and team coaching practice to the next level. This is an episode that you surely will not want to miss!

Jul 18, 2018

What is business agility and what does this mean for team coaches? How can team coaches incorporate agile thinking and practices into their work? Why is a holistic view that incorporates flow, learning and collaboration critical for fostering sustainable change?

Join show host Dr. Krister Lowe and this week's special guest Patrick Steyaert to explore this and other compelling topics on this week's installment of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast! Patrick Steyaert is the Founder and Creator of Okaloa Flowlab. (www.okaloa.com). Patrick teaches and coaches business agility by making use of simulations that stimulate agile thinking. He and his partner, Arlene Vercammen, have succeeded in creating a worldwide network of trainers and coaches that use Okaloa Flowlab in their day-to-day teaching and coaching. With his work in upstream, customer and discovery Kanban, he helps organizations to look at the end-to-end flow from suspected to satisfied need. He is a recipient of the 2015 Brickell Key award for outstanding contribution to the Kanban community.

Themes explored in this podcast: 

  • Patrick's journey from doctoral training in object oriented coding to working as an agile coach in startups and companies, to becoming and entrepreneur and Founding Okaloa
  • Defining business agility
  • Being vs. Doing agile
  • The 3 essential ingredients of Flow, Learning & Collaboration
  • Okaloa Flowlab simulations
  • How to make change viral in organizations
  • Challenges coaching business agility in organizations
  • How team coaches can incorporate agile thinking and practices into their work
  • And more

This episode is essential listening for all team coaches looking to incorporate new mindsets, tools and practices into their work! Get in the Zone today and let Patrick Steyaert and Okaloa Flowlab help you take your team coaching practice to the next level!

May 15, 2018

How can team coaches increase their adaptability and versatility? What are the essential roles of an effective team coach? What bodies of knowledge about teams are critical for coaching teams for success? 

Tune in to this installment of the Team Coaching Zone podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe interviews team coaching thought leader, educator and practitioner Dr. Laura Hauser.  Dr. Hauser is the Founder of www.Leadership-Strategies.com and President of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching. Laura wears multiple hats as masterful coach, consultant, mentor, author, educator, social scientist, conference speaker and business owner.  She is the author of the seminal team coaching article based on her PhD dissertation Shape-Shifting: A Behavioral Team Coaching Model for Coach Education, Research and Practice in the 2014 Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, 5, 48-71. Themes explored on the podcast include: 

  • Laura's journey to team coaching following an 18 year corporate career and founding Leadership Strategies International in 1993
  • Laura's seminal doctoral dissertation on team coaching in organizations
  • The Shape-Shifting team coaching model: 4 essential and dynamic roles: Advisor, Educator, Catalyzer, Assimilator
  • 4 lenses for understanding teams: group dynamics, task coordination, team development, systemic context
  • Laura's upcoming June/July 2018 Gestalt Review article on The Team Coaching Operating System
  • Stories about coaching teams using the Shape-Shifting model Inspiration and advice for making the leap into coaching teams
  • And more! 

This episode provides a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of the team coaching field's pioneering thought leaders who bridges the worlds of theory, research and practice.  Tune in today and let Dr. Laura Hauser help you take your team coaching practice to the next level!  This is an episode that you will surely not want to miss!

Apr 29, 2018

What role can technology play in helping teams form, develop and grow? Will coach bots and artificial intelligence replace the need for human-based team coaching?

Tune in to this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe explores these and other compelling questions with Tom Marsden, CEO of Saberr—a people analytics company that leverages technology to improve collaboration and help people create happy, high performing teams. In this episode Tom shares his journey from an early career in private equity to management consulting and then to discovering a passion for teams and technology as the CEO of Saberr. Themes explored in the podcast include:

•Origin story of Saberr

•The role of values in predicting team success

•Team composition and formation

•Saberr’s 3 core offerings: Base, CoachBot and Coaching

•How to integrate both technology as well as human-based coaching to foster self-coaching teams

•How to generate buy-in for using technology and coaching in teams

•Stories and lessons learned using Saberr’s approach in a range of companies

•How the future will continue to integrate technological as well as human-based approaches to fostering more engaged and successful teams

•How artificial intelligence and coachbots will increase the need for human-based team coaching rather than reducing it

•And more!

This episode is a must listen for all team coaches who are interested in how to incorporate technology into their practices and who are wary of being potentially outsourced by that very technology itself. Tom’s vision of the future of team coaching is inspiring and a blue ocean for those willing to dive in! Tune in and listen to this episode today and get ready to take your team coaching practice to the next level!

Feb 8, 2018

How can integrating embodiment approaches supercharge your leadership and team coaching practice? Is there any science behind somatic practices? Is embodiment the missing key to moving from transactional to transformational leadership and teams?

Tune in to this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe explores these and other compelling topics with featured guest Dr. Carmela Bennett—an executive leadership coach and consultant and leadership faculty member at Columbia University.

In this episode Dr. Bennett shares her journey from an early childhood epiphany while watching the Nutcracker, to her sojourn into various forms of dance, to becoming a behavioral health therapist, to becoming an Aikido practitioner, to pursuing a doctorate in body-based leadership development and coaching, and to becoming a thought leader, teacher and practitioner in embodiment coaching and consulting. Specific themes explored in the podcast include:

  • How awareness is helpful but often insufficient to manifest change
  • Integrating “being and doing”
  • Positioning somatic and embodiment approaches in the marketplace
  • Ways the body responds to situations
  • The science behind somatic approaches
  • Mindfulness and partnership practices
  • Incorporating the “neck down” in leadership development in addition to the “head”
  • Stories and tips for how to apply embodiment practices in one-to-one and team coaching
  • Resources for getting started in incorporating embodiment into your coaching practice
  • And more!

Tune in today to this episode of the Team Coaching Zone podcast and let Dr. Carmela Bennett help you move your coaching from the transactional to the transformational! This is an episode that you will surely not want to miss!

Feb 1, 2018

What is learning agility and how can it be measured? What role does learning agility play in helping us adapt more effectively in an increasingly VUCA world? Is learning agility something that can be systematically developed within individuals, teams and organizations?

Tune in to explore these and other compelling topics on this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast with show host Dr. Krister Lowe and special guest David Hoff--the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Leadership Development at EASI•Consult.

In this episode, David introduces listeners to the concept of Learning Agility and why this critical capability is essential for leaders, teams and organizations. Themes covered in the show include:

  • Defining and measuring learning agility
  • David’s journey to working with Professor Warner Burke on bringing the Burke Learning Agility Inventory to the market
  • 4 years of research underlying the instrument
  • An overview of David and Warner’s new book: Learning Agility: The Key to Leadership Potential
  • The 9 dimensions of learning agility
  • A case example using the Burke Learning Agility Inventory with a leader in healthcare
  • Areas where the Burke Learning Agility Inventory is being applied in organizations
  • Ongoing areas of research on Learning Agility
  • Resources to Learn More about Learning Agility and Burke Learning Agility Inventory

As we start to get into 2018, learning agility couldn’t be a more important topic for us as team coaches. It’s implications strike at the heart of enabling individual, team and organizational success. Tune in to the Team Coaching Zone today and let David Hoff start taking your learning agility to the next level!

Dec 18, 2017

Where should teams begin to start building momentum and a thriving culture? Can meetings really be disrupted to become spaces of genuine productivity and value creation?  How can teams create a culture of shared ownership for meeting success?

Join show host Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s featured guests Mamie Kanfer Stewart and Tai Tsao to explore these and other compelling topics on this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone podcast!  Mamie Kanfer Stewart is CEO and Founder of Meeteor, a collaboration company that helps organizations builds strong, healthy cultures in which people thrive. Tai Tsao is Change Management and Customer Success Lead at Meeteor.

Some themes explored on the podcast include:

  • How teams can build momentum by disrupting their meetings culture
  • Mamie and Tai’s new book Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings
  • The origins of the company and its name Meeteor: “Meetings with Impact”
  • Insights into pitching team coaching to clients
  • Meeteor’s 8 dimension team effectiveness model and tool: Balance, Communication, Change Agility, Common Vision and Direction, Accountability, Shared Support, Meaningful Engagement, and Trust
  • Meeteor’s approach to working with teams: assessment; 2 week sprints including training, coaching and action modules for 2 to 4 months; sustaining new habits and change
  • Meeteor’s approach to meetings: tips and techniques for before, during and after team meetings
  • Desired outcomes, time management, agendas, notes, using tools and technologies and more to increase meeting effectiveness
  • Research showing that 30% of meeting time is wasted due to inefficiencies
  • A case example of how Meeteor helped a stone masonry company transform its team and organizational culture and how that impacted customers

All team members, team leaders and team coaches will find this episode essential listening for transforming team meetings and more.  Join the movement for creating better meetings! Tune in today and let Mamie and Tai take your team coaching practice to the next level.  For episode show notes and more go to: https://www.TeamCoachingZone.com/meeteor.

Learn more about Meeteor:

If you're using twitter to push content you can mention Mamie and Tai @mamieks and @taitsao. Their respective websites are http://www.mamieks.com and http://www.taitsao.com

Dec 5, 2017

Can games help accelerate forming, learning and performance in teams? Is there more to playing games than just fun and entertainment? How can team coaches, facilitators and trainers incorporate games into their team interventions?

Join show host Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s featured guests Bradley Albright (Managing Partner and Founder of Escape Entertainment and Vitality Teaming) and Sarah Raccuglia (Learning and Development Professional with Vitality Teaming) to explore these and other interesting topics on this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast!

Some themes explored in the Zone this week include:

  • Brad’s journey from officer in the US Army, to investment banker with JP Morgan, to serial entrepreneur in technology, renewable energy and now to gaming.
  • Sarah’s background in Organizational Psychology, somatic leadership and research on dolphins.
  • Purposeful games as vehicles of training and coaching
  • The surfacing of team dynamics and individual preferences through games
  • Task vs. process in teams
  • Emergent and distributed leadership through game simulation
  • Helping, caring and collaboration behaviors in teams
  • 3 Game Form Factors: escape rooms, mobile cases, large group games
  • Time length of games and team size considerations
  • The origins of escape games in Asia
  • Designing collaborative games
  • Integrating assessments into the gaming experience
  • Using games with teams at scale
  • The role of coaching, facilitation and training with team games
  • Generational and other diversity effects on game experiences
  • Flow states: the neuroscience of play, creativity, engagement, flow

Looking to add some fun and spice to your team coaching engagements? Dive into the world of Vitality Teaming with Brad Albright and Sarah Raccuglia and let them help you take your team coaching game to the next level! This is an episode that you will surely not want to miss!

Nov 27, 2017

Can team coaching serve as a vehicle for leadership development in addition to generating better business results? How does team coaching create collaborative energy across teams and organizations? What happens when team coaches slow down the action in order to allow moments of truth to surface? Join show host Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s featured guest Dr. Hilary Lines to explore these and other interesting topics on this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone podcast!

Dr. Hilary Lines is a Founding Partner at Touchpoint Leaders where she is a practicing Executive and Team Coach. She is also a Faculty Member in team coaching at the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), and a co-author of the book Touchpoint Leadership: Creating Collaborative Energy Across Teams and Organizations (with Jacqui Scholes-Rhodes). Themes covered in this episode include:

  • Lines’ journey from business researcher to HR professional working with R&D teams, to leadership development and change management consultant and later to Head of Partner Development at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Consulting, to leadership coach and consultant at IBM, to leading her own Executive and Team Coaching business and becoming a Faculty Member at the Academy of Executive Coaching.
  • Teams as nested entities
  • “Leadership at the Touchpoint” as first described in Touchpoint Leadership: Creating Collaborative Energy Across Teams and Organizations (Lines and Scholes-Rhodes) that spans individual, team and organizational coaching
  • Organizations as networks of relationships; relationships as the prime source of value creation in organizations
  • Team coaching as a vehicle for leadership development and creating collaborative energy
  • Leadership as residing in the relationships between individuals, teams and organizational systems
  • Hilary Lines and John Leary-Joyce’s forthcoming book on Systemic Team Coaching
  • Story of coaching a team in a professional services firm
  • The role of team leaders in team coaching engagements
  • Moments of choice as team coaches: Slowing down the action in order to surface moments of truth 
  • Coaching individuals on the team in addition to the team and the team leader
  • Team coaching as a learning process
  • Insights into the training of team coaches: the What, the How and the Who
  • Trends in the team coaching industry
  • Resources for team coaches and more…

This is yet another episode chock full of learning gems for team coaches. Get into the Team Coaching Zone today and let Dr. Hilary Lines help you take your team coaching practice to the next level! To learn more about Dr. Hilary Lines visit: www.TouchpointLeaders.com. For episode show notes and more information on team coaching go to: www.TeamCoachingZone.com.

Nov 20, 2017

How do we more fully integrate the "being" aspect of team coaching with the "doing"? What are the essential competencies that need to be internalized to successfully coach teams? How do we accelerate our learning as team coaches and as a team coaching community? Join show host Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s featured guest Georgina Woudstra to explore these and other compelling topics on this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast.

Georgina Woudstra is an ICF Master Certified Coach and Principal & Founder of the Executive Coach Studio (http://www.executivecoachstudio.com/). She has over 20 years of experience and specializes in coaching chief executives and senior leadership. She also trains team coaches through the Executive Coach Studio's Diploma in Team Coaching Mastery.

Some themes explored in this episode include:

  • Georgina’s journey as a successful entrepreneur, her dive into the field of coaching and her development into coaching teams
  • Coaching competencies needed to successfully coach teams
  • Coaching presence
  • Additional roles one may play that are separate from coaching and Georgina's stance on maintaining a “pure” coaching role
  • Coaching the team 80-90% of the time
  • How coaches use control and structure to manage anxiety vs. actually coaching the team
  • The coach's relationship with the team leader and team
  • Case example that shifted her team coaching practice from structure to emergence
  • Her lessons learned on becoming a reflective practitioner by journaling and looking inward
  • Process consultation and systemic team coaching
  • How to accelerate your learning as team coach
  • 4 module Diploma in Team Coaching Mastery
  • Forming team coaching learning communities
  • The relational element of team coaching as an emerging trend
  • Reflections on the market need for team coaching and the importance of self-as-instrument

This is a great episode for coaches interested in learning how to navigate the art of team coaching. Georgina strikes at the heart of team coaching and creates a compelling case for the importance of the “being” of a team coach. This is an episode you will surely not want to miss!

Oct 30, 2017

How do we coach across individuals, teams and systems to drive organizational change? Is it possible to be both an internal leader and an organizational coach at the same time? Do team coaches need to be subject matter experts in the content of what the teams are working on?

Join show host Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s featured guest Phillip Cave to explore these and other compelling topics on this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Phillip Cave is a Life and Organizational Fulfillment Coach and a Senior Manager at Accenture. He is a people and organizational transformation leader with more than 27 years of experience creating himself, technology startups and coaching organizations. His experience in software engineering, leadership and product management shifted to professional life coaching which results in cultural shifts in Fortune 50 companies.

Some themes explored in this episode include:

  • Phillip’s journey from photographer to software developer, to becoming a leader and manager of teams and people, to becoming an organizational coach.
  • Metaphor of a chiropractor: creating alignment across teams, leaders and organizations
  • Forces driving the shift to new forms of organizational design and effectiveness: 1) agile movement and 2) humanness
  • Coaching as a vehicle to help individuals and systems emerge
  • Engaging leaders around their willingness to lead transformation: both the “being” as well as the “doing” aspects
  • Coaching leaders to see themselves as part of the system and not apart from it
  • The Lean Change Canvas
  • Role of the coach to act as a mirror to help the organization “see itself”
  • Case example: building a new commerce platform over the course of 1 year with a team of 70 at Starbucks
  • Coaching the “team’s voice”
  • Being part of the leadership team as an internal director and organizational coach at the same time
  • Challenging teams to embody roles like “scrum master” as a function distributed across the team rather than as a job owned by one person
  • Team Performance Model: resource form coaching teams across the lifecycle
  • The emergence of the “Management Coach” job in companies
  • Learning how to be a catalyst of people
  • The merging of worlds: technology + learning and development
  • Coaching organizational design and effectiveness
  • Reflections on the future of organizational coaching and more

This is a great episode for coaches interested in understanding how organizational coaching is adapting in order to stay relevant in an era of disruptive organizational change. This is an episode you will surely not want to miss!

Sep 28, 2017

How is work changing and how do we design organizations to be fit for purpose in the knowledge and collaboration economy? How do we form and equip teams to balance capability with infinite demand? How do we coach teams for emergence?

Tune in this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe explores these and other compelling questions with featured guest Gabe Abella--an Organizational Coach and Vice President in Global Technology at JP Morgan Chase and an accredited Kanban trainer.

Themes covered in the podcast include:

• Gabe’s journey from project and program manager to organizational coach

• Fundamental shifts occurring in how we approach and organize work in the knowledge and collaboration economy

• Understanding 3 Natures: 1) the nature of the work the team is doing, 2) the nature of the organization, 3) the nature of the environment/market

• The infinite backlog and the finite team: balancing capability with demand

• Kanban – Lean; visual management system; seeing the flow of work; “look at the board” or signal card; an improvement method

• Problem-solving as a biological process: iterative cycles and learning

• The invisibility of knowledge work

• Collocated vs. distributed teams

• Team formation for organizational realignments

• Skills vs. roles and motivation in team formation

• Being invisible as a team coach

• Use of simulation prior to engaging in real work in order to reduce learning anxiety

• Fitness for Purpose Framework

• Diffusion of Innovation

• Flow Lab – experiential simulation to overcome efficiency mindset and more

• Reflections on the ongoing coaching of teams and scaling agile

• Implications of agile coaching for non-software teams

• Coaching for emergence

• Tons of great resources for team coaches and more!

The Agile movement is disrupting organizations and our approaches to working, learning and teaming. All team coaches need to increase their own agility and to be fit for purpose themselves in order to compete in the knowledge and collaboration economy. Tune in to this episode and let Gabe Abella help you elevate your team coaching game today!

Sep 21, 2017

How does arts-based learning rapidly transform culture and performance in teams and organizations? What is the relationship between creative thinking, collaboration and innovation? What research evidence exists to support incorporating arts-based learning in teams? How can these processes be scaled up in organizations?

Tune in to this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone podcast where host Dr. Krister Lowe interviews special guest Harvey Seifter to explore these and other compelling topics.  Harvey Seifter is Founder and Director of Art of Science Learning (www.artofsciencelearning.org) and Principal Investigator of its two National Science Foundation grants and is one of the world’s leading authorities on organizational creativity and arts‐based learning.

Themes explored in the podcast include:

  • Harvey’s journey from classically trained musician to author to Founder of the Art of Science Learning
  • Harvey’s experience at the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and his 2001 book Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World’s Only Conductorless Orchestra
  • Convening the field of arts-based learning in business
  • Metaforming (symbolic modelling)
  • 2012 $2.8 million grant from National Science Foundation exploring arts-based learning, innovation and business
  • -The development of an arts-based innovation process and curriculum
  • The creation of 3 innovation incubators: San Diego, Chicago, Worcester
  • Teaching innovation through doing it: research on 29 cross-disciplinary teams; 22 teams after 1 year went to market (products, processes, services)
  • The core skills of innovation as well as phases
  • Approaches to infusing arts-based approaches: music, improv, movement, conducting, drawing, sketching
  • Wicked problems as failures of imagination
  • Experimental research: randomized and controlled study of arts-based learning and innovation in teams:
  • 2 phases of innovation: 1) what is the problem and 2) how do we solve it: each with a converge and diverge component
  • The linkage between divergent thinking, convergent thinking, business results and culture change
  • Using research and data to bring arts from the fringes into the center of business processes
  • A story of applying arts-based learning to foster creativity with 22 startups within a Fortune 500 organization
  • The future of innovation, arts-based learning and wicked problems

This is an episode that truly all teams, team leaders, and team coaches cannot afford to miss!  For show notes and more great information and resources on team coaching go to: http://www.teamcoachingzone.com/

Aug 29, 2017

How does team coaching contribute to team effectiveness and the diffusion of organizational learning? What is the state of research on team coaching? How can team coaches leverage research to inform practice? Tune in to this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast to explore these fundamental questions that strike at the heart of the efficacy of team coaching. Melissa Sayer is a Team & Executive Coach for Performance Hub and a Doctoral Student of team coaching at the University of Portsmouth. Colm Murphy is a Business Coach for teams & leaders for Dynamic Leadership Development Limited and a Doctoral Student of team coaching at the University of Portsmouth as well.

Themes covered in the podcast include:

-How Colm & Melissa teamed up to contribute to both team coaching scholarship & practice

-Colm’s dissertation topic: how team coaching contributes to team effectiveness

-Melissa’s dissertation topic: how team coaching contributes to organizational learning

-The research-practice gap in the team coaching field

-Lack of stakeholder voice in team coaching evaluation measures

-The imbalance of current research focusing on leadership teams vs. other types of teams -Team coaching as a learning partnership

-Teams as central to the diffusion of learning in organizations

-The critical role of coaching as a vehicle for facilitating the “transfer of learning”

-The 4 I’s of Learning Transfer: Intuiting, Interpreting, Integrating and Institutionalizing

-The wide body of research on team effectiveness and how to measure it

-Kirkpatrick’s 4 levels of learning evaluation

-Learning in real time via team coaching

-Defining and differentiating team coaching

-Bringing one’s whole self as a team coach

-3 evolutionary metaphors for teams: machine, family, system

-Team coaching as an emergent process

-Case examples and lessons learned from coaching real teams

-And more!

Now that the Fall semester is getting underway, it’s time for team coaches to head back to school and get their learning on as well! Tune in to this episode and let Melissa and Colm help you take your scholarship and practice in the area of team coaching to the next level!

Aug 18, 2017

How does the shift from the knowledge economy to the collaboration economy impact how we coach leaders and teams in organizations? How can peer group coaching, team coaching and guided mentoring support this shift? Tune in for this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone podcast with guest Glain Roberts-McCabe to explore these and other interesting topics and questions. Glain Roberts-McCabe is the Founder & President of The Roundtable--a group & team coaching organization based in Toronto, Canada where leaders cultivate their leadership together.

Some themes covered in this podcast include:

-Glain’s journey from line leader to classroom trainer to focusing on business development to group and team coaching and then to founding The Roundtable 10 years ago

-Peer group coaching, team coaching and guided mentoring in organizations

-Addressing high potentials who are at risk of derailment and how they can coach and learn together

-The shift from the knowledge economy to the collaborative economy

-The hunger for belonging & connectivity in Gen X and the Millennials

-The shift to collaborative and collective leadership

The Roundtable: a group coaching program targeting leadership development

-Use of Feedforward in group coaching

-Why coaching leaders in groups is often more powerful than coaching leaders alone one-to-one: seeing people in context

-Flipping the classroom approach: how to augment group coaching with training modules

-Size, length and frequency of group coaching sessions

-How to use a twist on mastermind groups using peer coaching

-Upping the coaching skills of group members

-The story of an award winning program delivered at PepsiCo by The Roundtable

Using group coaching to help leaders and managers learn how to coach their own teams

-Team coaching as a guise or stealth approach for leadership development

-Guided group mentoring: coaching leaders to mentor groups

-Accordion approach to team coaching: working with the team and the individual

-The innovative structure of The Roundtable company: advisory council, 1-day conference, members

-Great resources at www.GoRoundtable.com

The Roundtable approach is a best-in-class role model for how coaches can help organizations transform their approach to learning and also with the dramatic shift to the collaboration economy. This is an episode you cannot afford to miss!

Aug 9, 2017

What are the most powerful factors that predict team effectiveness? How much do the designing, launching and coaching phases influence team effectiveness? Tune in to this week’s episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast for a round table conversation with Dr Ruth Wageman, Pauline Willis and Dr. Krister Lowe to explore how the TDS Survey and the 6 Conditions of Team Effectiveness answer these and other important topics facing teams in today’s organizations. Dr. Ruth Wageman is a thought leader and practitioner in the area of teams and team effectiveness, the author of Senior Leadership Teams: What It Takes To Make Them Great and one of the Creators of the Team Diagnostic Survey along with Dr. Richard Hackman. Pauline Willis is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, coach-mentor and thought leader in executive and team coaching with Lauriate, Ltd and the Coaching and Mentoring Network. Dr. Krister Lowe is an Organizational Psychologist, an executive and team coach and the Founder of the Team Coaching Zone, LLC.

In this episode of the podcast, show guests share their journey and mission to bring the TDS Survey and the 6 Conditions of Team Effectiveness to the marketplace in order to increase team effectiveness in organizations and communities Themes covered in this episode include:

-Origins of the TDS survey and framework
-The 6 Conditions of Team Effectiveness: 3 Essentials (Real Team, Compelling Purpose, Right People) & 3 Enablers (Sound Structure, Supportive Organizational Context, Team Coaching)
-Chronology and sequencing of the 6 conditions
-3 Key Task Processes: Effort, Strategy, Knowledge & Skill
-3 Team Effectiveness Outcomes: Task Performance, Group Process, Member Satisfaction
-How the TDS helps predict up to 80% of a team’s effectiveness
-The 60-30-10 rule of team intervention: Designing, Launching and Coaching phases of teams
-Abundance of poorly designed teams
-Upcoming launch of the the Team Diagnostic Survey
-Stories/Applications using the TDS Survey with real-world teams: with team leaders: the team leader as team coach; leadership teams that struggle with purpose and being a real team; the limits of training teams in soft skills and using personality assessments to increase performance; using personality assessments with team diagnostics in teams; teams vs. teaming; lessons applying the TDS when working with rapid teams; team of teams – using the TDS with multiple teams within an organization as well as partnering across organizations in an industry (e.g. healthcare); critical teams and change teams; reinventing organizations through transforming teams; supervision of team coaches; collaborative leadership teams; self-governing teams and more

This episode is essential listening for all team coaches who are seeking to understand the most powerful levers that drive team effectiveness as well as a measurement instrument that can help teams create the conditions for success. Tune in today and take your team coaching practice to the next level!

Aug 2, 2017

How does learning influence action and action influence learning in teams? How can coaches help teams leverage learning to solve complex problems in organizations? Tune in to this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone podcast to learn how special guest Dr. Peter Cauwelier leverages Action Learning to help organizations embed teaming and learning into their cultures. Peter Cauwelier, PhD is Chief Team Connector at TEAM.AS.ONE, Managing Director at ASIO Consulting, and Managing Director at the World Institute for Action Learning (Thailand). On the podcast Peter shares his journey from his origins in Belgium, to his move to Thailand 26 years ago, to his more than 20 years of experience leading multi-cultural teams in Asia in various operations management roles in the manufacturing sector, to his transition to becoming a Master Action Learning Coach and to his founding of ASIO Consulting and serving as the Managing Director of the World Institute of Action Learning.

Themes explored in the episode include:

-Action learning as a problem solving methodology for helping teams work on real complex problems

-The dynamic and reciprocal relationship between learning and action

-How to balance taking action with learning

-How Peter engages CEOs and Senior Leaders to let him use Action Learning on their most complex problems

-Applying Action Learning in ad hoc teams, intact teams and with leaders

-Stories of hits and misses applying Action Learning in a variety of teams and organizations

-Scaling Action Learning with multiple teams

-Embedding Action Learning within organizations and to foster teaming cultures

-Peter’s E-Book: Team-As-One: When A Team Connects

-A conference on teams that Peter is organizing in Chiang Mai, Thailand in November 2018

-And more!

This episode is essential listening for all team coaches who are seeking to unleash the power of learning to transform teams and drive organizational change. Tune in today and let Dr. Peter Cauwelier help you take your team coaching practice to the next level!

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