Session on 24 November 2020 19:30 UTC - View on timetable
Over 80% of Fortune 1000 companies now use teams to conduct their most significant work. This means organizational success no longer relies on the efforts and insights of lone-individuals – it now relies the ability of leaders to bring out the collective genius in their teams. In this session, we will discuss how team coaching can accelerate the process of helping teams (and leaders) fully utilize the team’s collective brain to achieve (and surpass) shared goals. We’ll discuss and evaluate the growing movement of team-coaching by examining various team coaching models and practices. I will share my own experience coaching and working with teams and their leaders for 25 years, including my successes and failures. I will also share the model my colleagues and I have been using to coach team leaders (see Druskat & Wolf, 2001) and what we’ve learned by using our model to coach leadership teams around the world.
Professor Vanessa Urch Druskat is Associate Professor of Organisational Behavior at the University of New Hampshire, USA. She is an applied social psychologist who uses her in-depth knowledge of social systems to answer difficult real-world questions facing leaders in organizations: How do self-managing teams best lead themselves? How should an external leader support a self-managing team? How can leaders motivate collaboration in cross-functional teams? She has twice received awards for papers deemed rigorous and practice-oriented from the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. Her Harvard Business Review (HBR) article (with S. Wolff) on emotionally intelligent teams was selected as an HBR Breakthrough Idea and has been reprinted four times in collections of HBR’s most popular articles. She is an award-winning teacher who consults with leaders and teams in organizations ranging from Fortune 50 corporations to non-profits worldwide. Among other engagements, she has studied and coached teams at various Johnson & Johnson R&D Companies to help accelerate the complex collaboration required for drug development. She is currently working on a book that combines her research on the social and emotional conditions that strengthen team collaboration with cases from her consulting work. Vanessa’s work features practical lessons about building an inclusive team culture that supports effective collaboration and engages the talents in all team members.