Coaching Teams to Success

Elena Chelokidi is keynote speaker at the ICF Coaching Converastions 2018 ‘>11 secrets of great teams’ conference. She shares her experience in the field and the invisible side of team coaching.

My first experience with coaching was as a client during a pro-bono session while enrolling in the ACSTH programme. The topic for the session was my self-vision as a coach. It was very valuable to visualize, fit into and feel different scenarios, like in a fitting room – and then make a decision about my education and career. I believe this was one of the most important moments in my life. As it happens, my coach was going to be a future ICF Russia president, and my programme teacher was the first ICF Russia president.

The Coaching Profession Chose Me

I didn’t think it was for me, but this career path ended up choosing me. My colleagues said that I had practiced coaching with them, only I didn’t know I was doing it at that moment.

For me being a coach is like working as a detective’s assistant (both with an individual client or a team). I work with the client in their interest, catching what was said, and what wasn’t with honesty, direct communication and powerful questions that come from curiosity. Together we get very excited during this process, then take it even further. I support clients during their experimentation, new behavior and progressive steps, seeing the difference we can make together.

I feel essential happiness when I see how clients change, becoming the best version of themselves in every way. I see the impact it has on their work and life, as well as in relations with the people around them.

Why You Should Choose Coaching Too

Coaching links individuals’ strengths and uniqueness with common goals and performance. Using the coaching approach and style of communication in dealing with issues provides strong results and better performance. It increases engagement and uses the strengths of individual team members on the one hand, and work satisfaction on the other. I think it’s great both for companies and employees. Why don’t you try it?

My main goal is to help the team to become more mature – aware of itself, its patterns, to use coaching dialogue in communication, and be able to achieve goals at same level or higher, even without the coach present. This is the one risk: become too much of an important person for the team. It’s the responsibility of the coach to be aware of this and prepare the team for self-work.

Coaching is Worth It

My experience shows me that the ‘first level’ coaching results are always physical – changes in team communication, in the maturity of the team; but the ‘second level’ results should be financial (ROI). As we live in a 3-D world, we work on results the team can touch, notice and feel, but  we keep in mind the results they want to achieve for the business. How will the changes made through coaching relate to business incomes? We always find the answer for to questions with the stakeholders.

2018 Coaching Trends

  1. Millennials  are coming as leaders and team members
  2. A lot of researches and measuring impact  of coaching
  3. Diagnostic before coaching and online programs for self-coaching

What to Expect

The team, as an organism, is characterised no only by the characteristics of its’ participants, but also by independently developed features. The lessons learned in the lecture will introduce various team attitudes and define situations where even the most amazing coach won’t be able to help the team.

Join my keynote conversation When Individual Subconscious is More Powerful than Team Coaching , where I will share 5+ red flags that team coaching will not be effective for a specific team. I will introduce 3 various team subconscious behaviour models (Wilfred Bion theory). Based on this information it will be possible to evaluate and define if it will be possible to successfully use coaching methods when working with the team.