Small Group Behavior Coaching Workshops
When Teams Need Help
Every team includes people with different skill sets, backgrounds, styles and personalities. They must learn to communicate, collaborate and work together effectively to accomplish their mission. Sometimes they need help in the process.
Our small group behavior coaching workshops are far more effective than conventional training classes in bringing about behavioral change in communication, conflict management and other people skills.
Improving Team Ecology
Wherever people are working together as teams, there is a team ecology. Everything that everyone says and does effects everyone else on the team. Sometimes the team ecology is great, and sometimes it isn't. Hostility, back-biting, gossip, sarcasm, apathy, poor communication, blaming and negative attitudes can pollute team ecology to the point where team members just want to escape.
Our small group coaching workshops focus on improving team ecology.
We openly discuss the behaviors that are negatively affecting team ecology and how to change them. The focus is in the need to change your own behavior rather than pointing the finger at others.
Behavioral Change Makes the Difference
Learning the concepts of effective communication, conflict management and teamwork isn't enough. Teams need behavioral change. Our coaching workshops provide the perfect combination of training, tools and coaching in a small group setting - to bring about lasting behavioral change.
If you are considering a training or team-building seminar for your team, you may want to consider a coaching workshop as an alternative. Our small-group behavior coaching workshops are a hybrid between training and coaching, and are designed to bring about behavioral change in small teams. Our coaching workshops are generally conducted for groups of 2-8 people, and are focused on driving specific behavioral change in areas relevant to your group - areas such as productivity, teamwork, attitudes, motivation, communication, collaboration, conflict management, relationship building, and trust/respect.
People tend to hide out in larger groups - but they can't stay on the sidelines during one of our coaching workshops. Prior to the session, Roger Reece will discuss your objectives during a phone call. His central question will be, "What are the behavioral outcomes you would like to see as a result of this session?" He will ask about each member of the team, the history of the team as a whole, and about the sources of dissonance affecting the team. He will also ask about the organization as a whole and the pressures the team experiences due to organizational, economic or other circumstances or events. Together you will outline objectives, and Roger will send you an outline and agenda for the workshop.
Directly Addressing the Elephant in the Room
Our behavior coaching workshops are designed to facilitate open discussion and to address the real problems the team is facing. Roger Reece will use his coaching and facilitation skill to create an atmosphere of openness and trust to give every participant the opportunity to safely share their true feelings. The session will include teamwork training segments, frank discussions, and exercises focusing on outlining and solving team problems and improving team ecology. If there is an elephant in the room, we will discuss it, and we will deal with it.
DISC Behavioral Style Assessments
Prior to the workshop, all participants will complete an online survey and receive a 20-page DISC assessment, based on the widely-used DISC Behavioral Style Model. During the workshop, Roger Reece will explain the DISC model and describe the four primary behavioral styles. Participants will see where each person in the group fits into the model, and a series of group exercises will give team members new strategies for working effectively with team members of different styles. Personality conflicts will be discussed, and tools for resolving them will be provided as part of the discussion. Because we will be working in a small group context with specific behavioral objectives in mind, the discussions will address specific problems and opportunities the group faces in terms of team behaviors. For more information on DISC, please visit our DISC Training Workshops website at www.DISCtrainingworkshops.com.
Openly Discussing Best & Worst Practices
Because our coaching workshops are about building teamwork, improving team relationships and fostering trust and respect, Roger Reece will focus on the best practices of effective teams. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss the reality of any "worst practices" that are currently affecting team ecology, and together the team will outline new processes for implementing practices that will bring about desired results.
Learning Skills & Behaviors that Foster Trust, Respect & Clear Communication
Depending on the length of your coaching workshop, we can include extensive training content on teamwork and communication skills and behaviors. Because of the highly-interactive small-group format, everything is personalized and focused on specific actions and specific people, rather than just generalized principles that may not result in behavioral change. Strategies for improving communication, teamwork, trust and respect with the team's internal and external customers are also typically included. And if there are specific "difficult people" the team has to deal with, we can discuss effective strategies for building bridges and improving relationships.
Managing & Resolving Conflict
Wherever people work together there is going to be conflict. If conflict is being avoided or if it is creating overt problems for team members, we will address the conflict during the workshop. Conflict management training is generally a key component of our coaching workshops. How do you confront someone about problem behavior without creating a bigger problem? How do you get people to admit when they are wrong or to be accountable for their actions? How do you talk to defensive people about sensitive issues? Roger Reece provides effective techniques for conducting difficult conversations and resolving conflict. In the exercises, we role-play specific situations that participants have encountered where their attempts for resolution have failed. Roger role-plays each situation using the tools and techniques he has introduced, making sure everyone has a solid framework for managing conflict.
Team Course Correction
Every team can get off course, and when they do, it's time for course correction. But how do you do that? One of the most effective methods is to schedule a coaching workshop. Whether it's a team of your organization's top executives or a unit of individual producers, the longer you wait to change direction the further off-course the team will move. Use a coaching workshop as the event that changes the course of the team.
A Strategic Planning Session or a Team Retreat
Roger Reece frequently facilitates offsite strategic planning sessions and retreats, helping management teams effectively move through the process of creating their annual strategic plans. Sometimes these retreats are less focused on future strategy and more focused on getting away and building teamwork. If you are considering an offsite retreat for your team, why not include a coaching workshop as part of the agenda. Roger can include fun and creative team building activities and facilitation sessions for decision-making and the development of initiatives. The coaching workshop can focus on the behavioral changes required of each manager to transform the group into a cohesive team. It's an opportunity to change and synchronize mental models about what it means to be an effective Leadership Team.
Individual Coaching Follow-up
A coaching workshop is an event. So what happens after the event? If you want to ensure long-term behavioral change, you may want to consider one-on-one behavioral coaching as a component of the program. The coaching workshop gives everyone the opportunity to work with Roger Reece and form goals for personal behavioral change. An ongoing individual coaching program provides the impetus and tools for even deeper change.
Some managers need help with their general management, communication, conflict management and team-building skills. Others need specific help with difficult employee situations they are currently facing, or that they may be facing over the coming year. An individual coaching relationship gives them the ability to pick up the phone at any time and get assistance in handling difficult problems. In the process, they learn new methods to replace old, less effective practices for dealing with these problems.
Taking the First Step
Your organization may do an excellent job in providing training programs for managers and employees. But if you aren't supplementing people-skills training with a coaching program, you may be missing the opportunity to bring about lasting behavioral change. People skills are at the heart of productivity and teamwork. Many of the interpersonal problems that diminish teamwork can be solved or avoided through an effective behavior-coaching program. We can help you develop a coaching program that's right for your organization. The easiest first step is to schedule a small group coaching workshop. Contact us today to get started.