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Developing Your Team Through Coaching
By Leron Zinatullin

I remember attending a workshop once, where the participants were divided into two teams and were presented with a rather peculiar exercise. The facilitator announced that the goal of this competition was to use newspaper and tape to construct a giraffe. The teams would be judged on the height of the animal: the team who will manage to build the tallest one wins.

There are many variations of this exercise, but they all boil down to the same principle. The real aim is to understand how people work together. How they plan, assign roles and responsibilities, execute the task, etc.

In the end, everyone had a chance to discuss the experience. Participants were also presented with feedback on their performance. But can people’s performance be improved? And if yes, what could have been done in order to achieve positive and lasting change?

The answer to these questions can be found in coaching.

Coaching is all about engaging people in an authentic way. There might be different opinions on the same problem, which doesn’t necessarily mean that there is only one universal truth.

How much do you appreciate and respect what other people think? Try having regular coaching sessions with your team members. Here are some example questions you can use:

  • What is happening in your life and career?
  • What’s going well?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • What do you need to do to get there?
  • What is the first step you would take today?

Coaching, however, is not about knowing all the answers yourself, but about listening, empathizing and understanding others.

Leron Zinatullin is a business-oriented information security specialist with several years of proven experience in legal and regulatory compliance. He has extensive knowledge and practical experience pertaining to analyzing and solving governance, risk, compliance, information security and privacy issues. You can read more from Leron on his blog. You can contact Leron via Twitter.

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