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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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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 www.aoec.com.

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; www.actioninquiryleadership.com; 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: http://www.teamcoachingzone.com/yoshbeieryaelsivi

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!

Feb 23, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach Andrew Sillitoe for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Andrew Sillitoe is a Business Psychologist, Speaker and Author of "Managing the Mist: How to Develop Winning Mind-sets and Create High Performance Teams." He is the owner of www.AndrewSillitoe.com and of Strategic Team Coaching Ltd, a company that is passionate about enhancing leadership, creating high- performance teams and developing winning mind-sets. Andrew is an experienced executive coach and business consultant. He studied an MSc in ‘Management Consulting and Organisational Change’ at Birkbeck University and draws upon his strong commercial experience to help organisations, teams and individuals realise their potential and deliver better results. A talented athlete, Andrew played 77 games in 11 World Championships for Great Britain Inline Hockey Team and competed professionally representing Vancouver, California and Colorado. In 2011 Andrew coached Great Britain to win a Division One gold medal, achieving promotion into the top eight countries at the IIHF 2012 World Championships for the first time.

In this episode of the podcast, Andrew shares his journey as a child growing up playing inline hockey to becoming a professional inline hockey player and coach and then into establishing his own career as a business psychologist and team coach. Themes explored in the podcast include: lessons learned from being a player on high performing sports teams; coaching sports teams; transitioning from coaching sports teams to business teams; Andrew's 5 part "Is Your House In Order" high performance teams and team coaching framework; Andrew's approach to coaching teams and sustaining change; his book "Managing the Mist: How to Develop Winning Mind-sets and Create High Performance Teams;" translating team coaching terminology into a language that real-world teams can access; and more. He also shares some stories of coaching business teams around the world.

This is a yet another inspiring story of an exceptional individual who found his way into team coaching and the first former athlete featured on the podcast as well.  Andrew drops multiple "value bombs" for the listeners in this episode and this is surely an hour that listeners will not want to miss!

Feb 16, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach--Mazher Ahmad--for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. Mazher Ahmad is a Principal at Philosophy IB where he oversees the firm's Human Capital Consulting Practice area and where he is also actively involved in the Leadership and Team Practice area. Mazher has in-depth experience as an Executive and Team Development coach, and has worked with leaders at all levels, across a variety of functions and industries. Prior to joining Philosophy IB, Mazher was the Chief People Office for the KIPP Charter Schools, the largest network of public charter schools in the nation, and also served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet, where he oversaw a number of strategic human capital initiatives. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago.

In this episode, Mazher shares insights on Philosophy IB's approach to scaling internal team coaching. Specific themes explored include: the driving need for team coaching in business; the importance of understanding the fundamentals of teams; developing core coaching skills; the use of diagnostic instruments in team coaching; designing a team coaching training curriculum; catalyzing an internal team coaching culture and more. Mazher shares a number of insights and lessons learned from a recent client engagement involving training more than 30+ internal team coaches.

This is an episode that both new as well as experienced team coaches will surely not want to miss!

Feb 9, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's show guest and leading organizational coach Allison Crumpler--the Associate Director of Learning and Leadership Development at Novella Clinical. Allison provides executive, management and team coaching with an emphasis on functional and cross-functional collaboration to achieve ultimate team, project and process optimization. Allison is also responsible for the development and deployment of leadership training programs and the oversight of the clinical technology training group.

In this episode of the podcast Allison shares her journey beginning with a 15 year career for the YMCA where she rose to becoming the Associate Branch Executive Director and where she developed a passion for coaching and leadership learning and development. She then moved over to Novella Clinical and over the past two and half years has become an internal team coach and has now coached a dozen teams. As part of her journey she pursued formal training as a coach through the TeamAdvantage team coaching program as well as through the Healthcare Coaching Institute in Raleigh North Carolina. Themes explored in the podcast include: the journey to becoming a team coach; the Team Advantage team coaching process; coaching team leaders; overcoming roadblocks and setbacks in team coaching; fostering an organizational culture of team coaching and more.

Allison is an inspiring example for team coaches looking to make the leap into team coaching. And her story also highlights the value for companies of investing in the development of internal team coaches and developing a teaming culture. This is an episode that all team coaches will surely not want to miss!

Feb 2, 2016

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's show guests--leading organizational coaches William Adams and Roma Gaster of Full Circle Group and The Leadership Circle. William Adams is the CEO of Full Circle Group and The Leadership Circle and has more than 30 years of experience focusing on transformational change, large systems change, leadership and teamwork as well as youth leadership. Roma Gaster is a Director and Partner at Full Circle Group and The Leadership Circle and also brings more than 30 years of experience working on the human side of business alongside their strategic context in order to generate results beyond expectations.

In this episode of the podcast, Bill and Roma share insights about coaching at the individual, team and systems levels. They explore their approach to "collective leadership" which they have been helping organizations capitalize on for 20 years. They also explore the developmental consciousness of leaders, teams and full organizational systems. Additional themes and resources explored in the podcast include: organizations as creating the greatest laboratory and environments to develop people; stories and lessons learned working with organizations around the globe; the Leadership Circle Profile; the recently published book "Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results;" as well as information about their certification training programs and more.

This is an episode full of wisdom and value that both new and experienced team coaches will surely not want to miss!

Nov 30, 2015
Join Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest and leading organizational coach Tara Nolan for this week's episode of the Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  Tara Nolan is the Founder and Managing Director of Lime Trees Road Executive Coaching.  She is also a Facilitator, Executive and Team Coach.  Lime Trees Road works alongside companies, teams and individuals to identify the negative behaviors that frustrate organizational performance and personal fulfillment. Then it goes about changing them. It’s an approach that works, and its growing list of global clients includes: Microsoft, Deloitte, Zurich Financial Services, ICON, Johnson & Johnson, and Ericsson.
 
In this episode of the podcast, Tara shares her journey from investment banking into executive recruitment and then into executive and team coaching.  She discusses the influence of a number of coach training programs and certifications that she has pursued including:  Ontological Coaching, Gestalt Coaching and Systemic Team Coaching.  Themes covered in the podcast include: Tara's "ADD VALUE" team coaching model; the leader as coach; coaching the team as a whole, the team leader and individual team members; coaching multiple "learning teams" within and across organizations as well as agile teams; the Team Diagnostic Survey and more.  Tara also shares a number of stories from her own team coaching practice as well as provides recommendations on a number of essential books and resources for team coaches.
 
This is an exciting episode loaded with insights that every team coach will surely not want to miss!
Nov 24, 2015

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

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

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

Nov 18, 2015

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

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

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

Nov 11, 2015

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

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

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

Nov 3, 2015

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

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

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

Oct 27, 2015

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

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

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

Oct 21, 2015

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

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

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

Sep 26, 2015

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

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

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

Sep 15, 2015

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

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

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

Sep 15, 2015

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

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

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

Sep 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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