Team Coaching to Reach your next peak

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At CO2 Team Coaching, we’re like your Sherpa for the corporate Everest. We don’t just talk about team dynamics; we’re in the trenches with you, turning every challenge into a stepping stone. Think of us as your compass and your pickaxe as you navigate the tricky slopes of team performance. Let’s not just climb; let’s conquer.

Empower Through Accountability: Cultivate a sense of ownership and responsibility, where every action propels the team forward.

At CO2 Team Coaching, we transform team challenges into triumphs. Through our unique Four A’s process—Assessment, Alignment, Action, and Accountability—we address core issues like silos, unclear roles, and miscommunication, turning them into opportunities for growth, clarity, and seamless collaboration.

We’re not just about solving problems; we’re about elevating your team’s collective capabilities. Our coaching journey is designed to foster resilience and encourage continuous development, ensuring that every team member’s progress lifts the entire organization. With CO2 Coaching, your team will not just reach its next peak—it will be equipped to conquer many more.

TEAM Coaching Challenges & Anticipated Outcomes

The issues your team is facing

The name of the game in business right now is changing, with the subtitle being – “Faster!” The challenges of organically growing companies while improving that company performance is akin to building a plane while flying it, to say nothing of doing this work in the middle of historic external challenges we’re all facing. Adding to these challenges are the specific challenges at your organization: An industry that’s changing, leaders that need to level up – do more leading and less doing and a continual need to innovate to stay fresh and ahead of the market. A small list of the behaviors we’ve seen before that we know can affect teams at this level that you might be seeing in part:

Silo Effect

Self-serving behavior and competing interests, i.e. individuals motivated by individual-performance measures and rewards, undercutting team members they view as competition. At a more mundane level – just not reaching out to help each other when it is clear that that kind of help is required.

Anticipated Outcomes from Team Coaching:

  • Elevates team over self
  • Prioritizes this team over departmental team
  • Aligns resources and structure to the team’s purpose.

Drama Addiction

Trust-damaging behaviors such as rumors, triangulating conversations, and credit or recognition not being given or shared. This can be subtly seen in the avoidance of responsibility for team results and meetings after the meeting.

Anticipated Outcomes from Team Coaching:

  • Courageously demonstrates and builds trust
  • De-escalates damaging triangulation behaviors
  • Learns and uses a language of gratitude.

Stepping on Toes or Eggshells

Confusion over roles and responsibilities—particularly in overlapping areas and during the high-pressure or time-sensitive situation. Often people are just a bit too nice and so not quite getting to the conflict fast enough which causes delays – and therefore more conflict to avoid. In teams with a “truth-teller” often the problem is just the opposite, the person speaking up gets blamed for the issues and this perpetuates the cycle.

Anticipated Outcomes from Team Coaching:

  • Defines clear and distinct roles.
  • Courageously enters into uncomfortable conversation.
  • Discusses the undiscussable with empathy

Dropping the Ball

A pattern of behavior suggesting a lack of accountability across teams or organizations.

Anticipated Outcomes from Team Coaching:

  • Acknowledges responsibility for current situation.
  • Is Accountable without the need to blame.
  • Achieves results vs just doing the job.

Silence or Violence

Systemic toxic conflict and combustible interpersonal dynamics and/or complete avoidance of necessary difficult conversations.

Anticipated Outcomes from Team Coaching:

  • Relentlessly eliminates Toxic conflict behaviors
  • Demonstrates positive conflict communication skills (Team Toxins)
  • Recognizes everyone has responsibility in the system.

Signal Loss

Communication failures, often are the product of a lack of well-designed procedural guidelines or failure to adhere to established procedures. We help teams establish these best practices where there are none and tweak those that need them. My role as the coach is to ask the dumb questions that get to the heart of the matter, “Why are we doing it this way?” and “What’s the cost of continuing to do it this way?”

Anticipated Outcomes from Team Coaching:

  • Makes and keeps agreements about communication practices
  • Understands how personal and organizational integrity keeps the team whole and complete
  • Can take multiple perspectives and larger world view on issues in service of the mission.

Fairness Focus

Inequity or perceived inequity, particularly when related to newer, less experienced, virtual, and/or remote team members.

Anticipated Outcomes from Team Coaching:

  • Values all forms of diversity
  • Treats all members with respect
  • Puts the team over personal relationships

Decision Cascade

Failure to adapt and act quickly enough happens because the decision-making authority not being properly distributed throughout the organization. This starts with you, of course, but on the highest performing teams – the players don’t wait for the coach to tell them what to do and that’s where we want you to be as soon as possible.

Anticipated Outcomes from Team Coaching:

  • Acts proactively because they understand resource authority.
  • Has appropriate delegation skills and uses them to empower the people beneath them.
  • Knows and follow best practices meeting management skills.

Assessment

Through diagnostic tools and cultural interviews, we get to the heart of your team's current state, identifying both strengths to build on and areas for growth.

Alignment

Customized workshops facilitate a shared understanding of your team's mission, fostering a commitment to collective goals over individual accolades.

Action

We guide your team in building robust stakeholder relationships, ensuring that your efforts align with broader organizational objectives and stakeholder expectations.

Accountability

The journey doesn't end with action. We instill a culture of reflection, learning, and adaptation, ensuring your team's continuous evolution and growth.

Team Coaching promise

A team that’s not just performing but thriving. A team that’s not just together but united. A team that’s not facing challenges but embracing them for the growth opportunities they present.

A team that does not tolerate average performance or behaviors and instead looks constantly at its own system so that it can maximize its potential. This kind of team will improve business metrics because they know that working together effectively creates space for improved performance across all business measurements. As a bonus, your strategic planning and integration will go further, faster because you’re more ready to have the hard conversations that have been avoided.  

Embark on this journey with CO2 Partners. Let’s climb that mountain together, transforming not just your team’s performance but its very essence.

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The proof is in the data

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100%

Feel their CO2 coach looks out for their interests

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100%

Trust their CO2 coach

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94%

Define their CO2 Coaching experience as transformational

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82%

Say CO2 helped them achieve their goals

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70%

Extremely likely to refer CO2 Coaching to a friend or colleague

  • Feel their CO2 coach looks out for their interests 100% 100%
  • Trust their CO2 coach 100% 100%
  • Define their CO2 Coaching experience as transformational 94% 94%
  • Say CO2 helped them achieve their goals 82% 82%
  • Extremely likely to refer CO2 Coaching to a friend or colleague 70% 70%

CO2 helped me successfully navigate a generational transition to become the CEO of the family business and consolidate ownership from my siblings. Best of all, we have a great relationship now.”

– Josh Stahl | President, Reviva

FAQs

What are the benefits of team coaching?

Team coaching offers several benefits, including enhanced team performance, improved communication, and increased alignment with organizational goals. It fosters a culture of accountability, supports the development of strong relationships among team members, and encourages a focus on collective success rather than individual achievements. Through team coaching, teams learn to navigate challenges more effectively, make decisions more collaboratively, and adapt to change more swiftly, leading to sustainable improvements in both productivity and team dynamics.

How do I find a good team coach?

In the grand adventure of climbing the corporate mountain, finding a good team coach isn’t just about picking someone who knows the ropes. It’s about finding a guide who can turn a group of smart individuals into a unified team that works smart together, much like transforming a cluster of solo climbers into a coordinated expedition, scaling the heights with purpose and synergy.

Imagine you’re at the base camp, gearing up for the ascent. Your guide isn’t just any seasoned climber; it’s someone who can read the weather, knows when to push forward and when to hold back, and understands that the journey’s success depends on the team’s unity and mutual trust. This is the essence of a remarkable team coach: a change-agent, a connector, a listener, and, most importantly, a believer in the collective power of the team.

John Sandahl, for instance, embodies the spirit of a team coach with his impressive 20-year tenure as a certified team and executive coach. With a background that spans from leading large group events to personal one-on-one sessions, John has yet to meet a group he couldn’t help. His approach? Finding common ground and starting the change process from there. Add to that his accolades in Ultimate Frisbee as a national and world champion and a coach, and you’ve got a coach who understands teamwork and leadership in diverse settings.

But what truly sets a great team coach apart? It’s their ability to transform a group of smart individuals into a cohesive unit that not only trusts each other but also works towards strategic goals, driving significant culture change. It’s about making the team more than just the sum of its parts. As Alison Rempel Brown, President and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota, put it, their engagement with CO2 Coaching marked a transformation from being individual contributors to a united front, focusing on the museum’s overarching goals and igniting a cultural revolution within a century-old institution.

In your quest for a team coach, look for someone who, like John, can connect on a personal level with each team member, someone who has walked the path of leadership and knows how to navigate its challenges. It’s about finding a coach who sees the team’s potential to scale new heights together, transforming individual prowess into collective triumph.

So, as you lace up your boots and look towards the peaks ahead, remember that the right team coach is your guide to not just reaching the summit but mastering the mountains beyond.

How can team coaching help?

Imagine your team as a quirky band of musicians. Each member plays a different instrument, marching to their own beat, creating a cacophony rather than a symphony. Enter the maestro: a team coach. With a flick of the baton, a nudge here, a tweak there, this conductor transforms discord into harmony. Here’s how the magic happens:

  1. Finding Your Rhythm: Just like a skilled conductor, a team coach helps each team member discover their rhythm, ensuring that when they play together, the music soars. It’s about recognizing and valuing the unique contributions of each individual, blending them into a cohesive whole.

  2. Crafting a Masterpiece: Team coaching is akin to composing a masterpiece. It’s about setting a vision for what could be and then meticulously working together to achieve it. Each session is a note, each breakthrough a chord, building towards a crescendo of collective success.

  3. Improvising When Necessary: Jazz musicians are adept at improvisation, taking a melody and riffing on it. Similarly, a team coach encourages improvisation—adapting to challenges and opportunities with creativity and agility. This isn’t just playing it by ear; it’s about mastering the art of flexibility while staying true to the core melody of your team’s goals.

  4. Tuning the Instruments: Sometimes, an out-of-tune instrument can throw off the entire performance. Team coaching involves tuning—aligning individual team members to the team’s objectives, ensuring everyone is pitch-perfect and in harmony with the overarching goals.

  5. Encore Performances: The true testament to a great performance isn’t just the applause but the demand for an encore. A team coach ensures your team’s success isn’t a one-hit wonder but a series of hit performances, building on each success to achieve even greater heights.

So, in the grand concert hall of your organization, a team coach is the difference between a forgettable performance and a standing ovation. It’s about creating music that moves, inspires, and lasts. And who wouldn’t want to be part of an ensemble that not only plays together but sings from the same song sheet, creating beautiful music that resonates long after the final note has been played?

Is having a team coach worth it?

Picture this: Your team is a collection of brilliant solo artists, each a master of their craft. They’re akin to those individual kitchen gadgets you impulse-buy from late-night infomercials—amazing in their own right but somehow not making the dinner parties any more spectacular. Now, imagine bringing in a team coach, the culinary genius who turns those disparate gadgets into the ensemble cast of a Michelin-starred meal.

Is having a team coach worth it? Let’s simmer on that for a moment.

A team coach is the secret sauce to transforming a group of individuals into a cohesive unit that not only works together but sings in harmony, hitting high notes on productivity and creativity that you didn’t even know were in your team’s range. It’s like moving from solo garage bands to an orchestra that fills concert halls with beautiful music.

Here’s why:

  • Harmonizing Efforts: Just as a conductor ensures the strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion play in concert, a team coach aligns individual talents and efforts towards a unified vision. The result? A performance that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Cultivating a Masterpiece: A team coach guides your group in crafting a collective masterpiece. Through their lens, challenges become opportunities for innovation, and the team’s collective output is transformed from standard fare into a work of art that could hang in the Louvre (or at least in the office lobby).

  • Tuning Up: Every now and then, even the finest instruments go out of tune. A team coach is like that wise piano tuner, adjusting the keys (or team dynamics) so that when played, they produce a melody that’s music to everyone’s ears.

  • Encore-Worthy Performances: With a team coach, your team’s achievements won’t be a one-hit-wonder. Instead, you’re looking at a discography of hits, each project more successful than the last, building a legacy of excellence and innovation.

  • Solo to Symphony: A team coach transforms a group of soloists into a symphony orchestra, where the collective creativity, productivity, and satisfaction are not just additive but multiplicative. It’s the difference between eating plain toast and feasting on a gourmet brunch.

So, is having a team coach worth it? If you’re yearning for that standing ovation, for work that resonates not just within the walls of your office but echoes out into the world, then yes. A team coach is not just worth it; they’re essential. Like the perfect cherry on top of a sundae, a team coach makes the good stuff even better, turning everyday work into a masterpiece worth celebrating.

Can team coaching be done remotely?

Imagine your team scattered like stars across the night sky—each bright, brilliant, and a tad isolated. Now, envision a team coach as the constellation maker, drawing lines between these stars, creating patterns that tell a story of unity, collaboration, and shared purpose. That’s the beauty of remote team coaching. It’s like crafting constellations in the digital cosmos, connecting people across the void of physical distance, time zones, and the occasional wonky Wi-Fi.

Can team coaching be done remotely? Absolutely, and here’s how it unfolds in the virtual world, in true CO2 style:

  1. Virtual Campfires: Just as stories and strategies were once shared around campfires, remote team coaching creates a digital blaze around which team members gather. Through video calls, online workshops, and collaborative tools, this campfire becomes a space for warmth, growth, and connection.

  2. Constellation Creation: In the vast digital night sky, a remote team coach connects the dots. Through screens, they weave a tapestry of teamwork, ensuring that despite the physical distance, every team member feels part of a greater whole, contributing to a shared narrative.

  3. Digital Tool Mastery: Just as a painter knows their brushes, a remote team coach knows their digital tools. They wield project management software, communication platforms, and virtual whiteboards not just as tools, but as extensions of the team’s creativity and collaboration, enabling a seamless flow of ideas and progress.

  4. The Magic of Asynchrony: Remote team coaching embraces the rhythm of asynchronous work, turning it from a challenge into an advantage. This allows for deep work, thoughtful responses, and flexibility, ensuring that the team’s collective efforts are not just synchronized but harmonized.

  5. Personal Connection, Pixelated: Who said digital can’t be personal? Remote team coaching proves that heart-to-heart connections can thrive across digital channels. Through personalized messages, virtual coffee breaks, and the occasional meme, the digital divide narrows, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

  6. Global Village: Remote team coaching turns the team into a global village, celebrating diversity and leveraging the unique perspectives that come from different backgrounds. This enriches the team’s output, fostering innovation and creativity that knows no bounds.

So, can team coaching be done remotely? With the right coach, a suite of digital tools, and a commitment to creating connections that transcend physical barriers, the answer is a resounding yes. It’s about making the digital space a place where creativity, collaboration, and camaraderie flourish, transforming remote work from a challenge into an opportunity to create something truly magical.

What kind of support is provided outside of my team coaching sessions?

In the great tapestry of teamwork, the threads of individual effort weave together to create a picture far grander than any one thread could on its own. But what happens when the loom stalls, when threads tangle, or when the pattern loses coherence? That’s where the subtle, yet profound, art of team coaching steps in, offering a panoply of support beyond the structured sessions that might surprise you with its richness and depth.

Imagine, if you will, a garden. In scheduled sessions, the gardener (our team coach) is hands-on, pruning, planting, and advising. But the growth of the garden doesn’t pause when the gardener steps away. The ecosystem continues to flourish, fed by the sun, soil, and rain. Similarly, the support provided outside of direct team coaching sessions is akin to the sun and rain for the garden, essential and transformative.

  1. Ongoing Coaching in Regular Meetings: Like a gardener returning to check on the growth, team coaches might integrate into your regular meetings, offering structured coaching elements that encourage practice, reflection, and feedback on learned behaviors and strategies. This ensures the team not only absorbs the lessons but lives them, turning insights into action between coaching sessions.

  2. Direct Feedback and Planning: Picture a gardener whispering to the plants, believing in their potential to grow. Coaches often meet leaders and teams briefly between sessions for targeted feedback and planning, ensuring that the trajectory remains true to the team’s goals and aspirations.

  3. Workshops for Specific Skills: Just as a garden might need a boost in certain areas – a bit more nitrogen here, a pest control session there – teams sometimes require focused workshops on skills like conflict management or effective feedback. These can be woven into the coaching fabric as needed, tailored to the team’s evolving landscape.

  4. Personalized Leader Development: The best gardens reflect the unique touch of the gardener. Similarly, outside of team sessions, leaders might engage in one-on-one coaching, focusing on personal growth and leadership skills that, in turn, benefit the entire team ecosystem.

  5. Creating a Feedback Loop for Continuous Improvement: The dialogue doesn’t stop when the session ends. Coaches encourage teams to maintain an ongoing loop of feedback and reflection, ensuring that every meeting, every project, and every day is an opportunity to learn, grow, and adapt.

  6. Assessments and Benchmarks for Growth: Just as a gardener might test the soil to see what’s needed, team coaching often involves assessments and benchmarks, providing a tangible measure of growth and areas for further development, ensuring the team’s progress is not just felt but seen and quantified.

In essence, the support provided outside of team coaching sessions is the sunlight and rain to the garden’s soil, essential for growth, resilience, and the blooming of potential. It’s the quiet conversations between the gardener and the plants, the strategic decisions made while surveying the land, and the invisible nutrients that feed the roots. It’s what makes the difference between a team that simply functions and one that flourishes, reaching ever closer to the sun.

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