Creating a Self-motivating Team

Creating a Self-Motivated Team

Coaching of senior executives often involves two countervailing values.

First, my corporate client is paying me to develop the next generation of leaders and second, several team players (also called a coachees) are seeking coaching advice on how to transition from their current situation.

In many coaching situations, the team player prefers to deal with some “burning issue” first before dealing with other issues. Burning issues may be a difficult teammates or boss; or to validate rumors about people or initiatives that affects their job. Some team players talk about personal issues that motivated their job acceptance decision. Some are frustrated about the golden handcuffs of compensation, perks, mortgages, raising a family and like life conditions that they believe blocks pursuing motivating work.

I have found pearls of wisdom in the work by Jim Collins in Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t. Collins focuses on leaders who energizes organizations to “never lose faith in the potential for greatness.” His wisdom has merit for coaching team leaders.  Here are some creative conversation topics that enable team player learning. The end result is a self-motivated leaders who can be successful in the context of their choosing. In the conversation ask how the team can:

  1. Practice learning about the reality of the context and learn to an observer by “stepping back” mentally to see and understand the current context.
  2. Adopt a “way of life” for team work (and play) where team members can say and be heard about the truth of their situation?
  3. Practice positive momentum creating conversations by asking leading questions the enables open and frank conversations about reality?
  4. Encourage all players to model a disciplined inquiring conversation that stimulates momentum toward the future outcome?
  5. Find players with needed skills are needed and support players that need to leave the team?

The choice of your leadership legacy yours.  Think of your “greatness legacy” in a way that sustains faith in the abundance of greatness..

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