How Coaching Increases Productivity & Performance
It goes without saying that high performance teams make productive use of their time. However, it is possible for teams to be highly productive without that translating into high performance. That is because while they may be working efficiently, they are missing those critical elements that make high performance teams exceptional.
Executive coaching programs can be an integral part of enhancing the performance of your leadership team. Unlike formal leadership training, coaching for high performance places the onus on participants to direct their own development. Coaches offer support and guidance to ensure that teams are engaging deeply with their development, and that what they learn is sustainable and provides value over the long term.
A Safe Environment to Address Sensitive Issues
What often holds teams back from excelling in productivity and performance is the fear of bringing up potentially sensitive issues. Leadership development coaching is a team’s opportunity to have difficult conversations. The coach is able to provide a third-party perspective while helping mediate the discussion and retain focus on the topic at hand while the team works towards finding solutions.
Allocating time and space to address sensitive issues prevents them from causing greater conflict or affecting your team’s performance. High performance teams must be able to work through issues and overcome challenges as a unit. Having tough conversations in an environment where teams feel comfortable means that more effective decisions are being made. More time is then spent on implementing solutions rather than deciding on what needs to be done.
Improves Performance Management
Executive coaching is not only concerned with addressing the difficulties a team faces. Coaching for high performance should also aim to highlight what teams are already excelling at and helping them to leverage those strengths to further their success. Participants experience increased confidence and high levels of motivation that drives performance.
The best high performance team programs instil greater self-awareness of the team’s capabilities. They may have skills or talents that are currently being underutilised, or that they may not realise have been integral to past performance. In harnessing those strengths and developing them to their fullest potential, your team becomes more effective and productivity increases. Making the most of the full range of your team’s abilities will result in stronger performance overall.
How a team utilises their time to be the most effective they can be has a direct impact on their performance. High performance teams understand the importance of time management in everything they do. Dedicating time for overcoming obstacles and further developing strengths increases both productivity and performance.
About the Author: The Leadership Sphere
The Leadership Sphere helps small and medium businesses and larger organisations in Australia, in creating value through leadership. The Leadership Sphere provides a humanistic approach to the way it delivers leadership, performance and coaching services. We work with leaders and senior teams who need to gain increased clarity, build capability and ensure contribution at every level in the organisation, and enable a safe, inclusive and high trust organisation.