1st Edition

Coaching Self-Organising Teams
Helping Teams Flourish

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after December 22, 2021
ISBN 9780367627454
December 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

USD $31.95

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Book Description

There is a tendency to assume that teams will naturally know how to self-organise and optimise their collective talents. This thoughtful and engaging book explores the practicalities of coaching teams and some of the challenges that naturally occur because of who we are as human beings.

Part of The Professional Coaching Series, this book challenges the assumption that self-organising teams will work in all settings, answering some of the recurring questions and challenges observed in many organisations. How do we connect with each other, so we create trust? How do we work through conflict and see it as part of a natural ebb and flow in relationships? How do we create meaningful work in the context of an ever-changing environment? The opening chapter lays out some basic team coaching principles to help set the stage for coaching people in teams and there are coaching questions in each chapter to engage the reader as well as tools they can use immediately.

Coaching teams is more than just applying coaching skills. It requires a deep understanding of how people behave and an adaptive approach to coaching. This book provides both research references and practical tools to help team coaches start their team coaching journey.

Table of Contents

01. Group Coaching and Self-Organising Teams: The Basic Principles and Context 02. How to Set Up for Progress and Success 03. Falling into the Trap of Groupthink: How to Do Best Thinking in a Group 04. How To Handle Disagreements and Conflict 05. Tools and Techniques to Aid Best Thinking 06. How to Cope with Change 07. How to Know When to Quit 08. Conclusions and Next Steps

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Ro Gorell is co-director of Change Optimised, an international consultancy supporting leaders to navigate transformational change. She specialises in organisational change and team coaching, helping organisations through rapid and continuous change, often in challenging environments. She is also a multiple published author on coaching with a best-selling 5th edition of 50 Top Tools For Coaching published in 2021.


"Coaching Self-Organising Teams is a valuable contribution to the ever-evolving field of team coaching. Gorell’s examples bring to life the intricacies of coaching teams. The tools, philosophies and approaches covered are a great resource for teams, leaders and coaches wanting to amplify their coaching conversations with teams." – Jennifer Britton, Author of Reconnecting Workspaces and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching, CEO, Potentials Realized