Welcome to the Team Coaching Toolkit

It has been said if the only tool you possess is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. Brute force may achieve a temporary objective, but often causes collateral damage. The trick is to have some alternative tools in your kit.

This toolkit has been specifically created  for team leaders and project managers who are looking to establish and maintain teams of people who can work as a collaborative unit. The kit comprises a set of processes or techniques that have been shown to be effective in shaping team behaviours. Some of the tools comprise a set of steps or activities that can be used in meetings or team events. Others are aimed at helping you diagnose a situation to improve your understanding of your team’s dynamics. The objective is to enable everyone to communicate more effectively.

As with any tool, it can take some practice to learn how to use it effectively. Some are easy to pick up, other require a bit more thought. Remember that these are tools that are intended to help the team think about themselves and their problems in a different way. Try to hold the role of team coach rather than team director, so ask questions and listen. You will be amazed at the ideas and creativity that come from the sources you would least expect.

Project Assessment Tools

Coaching tools to use at the very beginning of a project

Complex or Just Complicated

Complex projects require a different form of collaboration. This tool helps the team assess the difference.

Assess The Project Environment

A mechanism for drawing out opinions and assumptions that will impact on the teams ability to collaborate.

Articulating Client Paradoxes

A tool for helping clients come to terms with the balance of conflicting needs.

Team Set-Up Tools

Coaching tools to use as the team starts to comes together.

Create a Compulsive Vision

Connect the vision for the project with the individual motivations of your team.

Team Psychometrics

Using psychometric tests to improve mutual understanding of the teams individual preferences and blind spots

Collaborative Language

Choosing the words that make better connections

Rules of Engagement

Agreeing team behaviours

Taking Feedback

Gaining agreement to the feedback process

Communication Tools

Coaching tools to build understanding and maintain trust

Systemic Problem Solving Model

Look beyond the symptoms and and find the root cause of a problem.

Introvert and Extrovert Thinkers

Improve your meetings through understanding why people think differently.

Everyone Speaks and Everyone is Heard

Ensure a full contribution from everyone in the team.

Set Your Meeting Strategy

Avoid the tendency for ‘meeting stew’

Behavioural Feedback

How are the team performing?

Building Resilience

Tools to help reduce stress and manage through periods of pressure.

Press Reset

A mechanism for restoring collaborative behavioural norms.

The Resilience Scale

A simple tool for gauging and acknowledging stress in periods of project pressure.

Fault Free Resolution

Fault free conflict resolution and the ‘evil genius’