Many people think that getting teams to self-motivated high-performance is simple: just add coaching. But Esther Derby’s research shows otherwise. In her session at Agile2016, Esther looks at “Coaching Teams: Environment + People”. Without the right conditions, good coaching may not help much and, worse, inept coaching could make things worse. “It’s really going to damage the team’s ability to self-manage and work effectively.” Esther emphasizes the importance of the team’s environment both physical and social. Does the environment contribute to learning and creativity–or does it detract from it? Managers are tempted to blame teams for lack of engagement or motivation, without looking at the environment to see if it motivates teams to excel. If your team is buried in the basement working on boring projects without access to the right resources to do their job effectively, then no amount of coaching will motivate them.
SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2016 in Atlanta, GA.