As international teams become the new building blocks of global organisations, team coaching will move from being a luxury to a necessity. THE BRIDGE offers a range of team coaching interventions to meet various needs; these include post-merger situations, reorganisations, project kick-offs, performance enhancement, and conflict resolution and the challenges of virtual team working.
Our cross-cultural expertise, extensive tool kit and pragmatic approach have proved to be successful in varying team situations around the globe. Teams working in a global environment need to understand aspects of international business and have an appreciation of different cultures. Often we work with an entire team as a ‘kick-off’ to help them understand some of the challenges inherent in a co-located, multi-cultural team. From the basics of dealing with different time zones to the nuances of inter-cultural communication, a kick-off workshop raises awareness and tolerance of the issues present in the team and also gets them out into the open so that the team can establish their individual recipe for success.
And it’s not just the cross-cultural and cross-functional elements which need to be addressed; increasingly we are experiencing issues and misunderstandings with a cross-generational aspect. Whether Generation-X, Baby Boomer or Generation Y, expectations and attitudes can easily be misunderstood and are the cause of potential conflict and loss of motivation. Team coaching helps get all potential issues out on to the table and to work through them in order to ensure that a healthy, productive and motivated culture exists in the team.