Talent wins games, but teamwork and intellligence win championships.
-- Michael Jordan
What do you envision for your team? How might we collaborate to accelerate your progress?
We believe the path to meaningful and sustainable effectiveness begins with clearly defining what success looks like and engaging the minds and hearts of key stakeholders at every level. This usually begins with your most direct team, such as your own leadership team.
We collaborate with you to create a highly customized blend of the best of existing tools, frameworks and methodologies, and co-create new exercises and approaches with you as needed, to best address your current circumstances and future goals. We then work with and through you as the Team Leader to develop your team as we simultaneously build your own capacity for developing and sustaining high-performance.
Assessing: Leveraging customizable diagnostic tools to assess where we are starting from and to monitor team progress along the way
Aligning: Identifying the highest leverage opportunities and selecting aligned tools to help us identify and leverage diverse strengths, build understanding, and create a shared language
Designing: A hybrid program that develops your team while they're doing the business of your business
Coaching & Facilitation: Working with and through the Team Leader to coach and develop your team
Frameworks we may leverage
First we look at the frameworks and tools your team or organization are already familiar with and using well so we can build on them. If there isn't a strong foundation in-place and/or the team will need more targeted resources to get from "here" to "there," we explore additional resources to get the right mix. Examples of these include:
The Stages of Team Development based on work by Bruce Tuckman
The Wisdom of Teams by Katzenbach and Smith
The Five Dysfunctions of A Team by Lencioni
Good to Greatby Collins
First, Break All The Rules by Buckingham & Coffman
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
-- African Proverb
Strategic use of a peloton helps a cycling team go farther, setting them up for a win at each stage of their race, and for the ultimate championship.
What makes team development personally meaningful to us?
It was while leading teams in corporate settings in the 1990's that Kelly first earned the nickname "Coach Kelly." That is also when Kelly and Charlotte first worked together (Charlotte since became our first "associate" and is now our head of operations). Fascinated by what made some teams outperform others despite similar levels of talent, Kelly devoted herself to the study of leadership, business, and high-performing teams.
She became a voracious reader of these topics, listening to books on tape during her daily two-hour commute and buying the best ones in hard copy so she could underline key passages and write her ideas in the margins. She also began tapping mentors who introduced her to formal training and executive coaches, which is where her long-term vision to "someday" become an executive coach was born.
She decided that the real-world, hands-on experience would best serve her longer-term vision, so she stayed her course and soon became known for her ability to turn-around under-performing teams, and for developing high-performing teams in a variety of settings. Her teams continued to retain talent, even during the hottest days of the "dot com boom" when talent readily jumped ship for the next "grass might be greener" offer. A favorite story was when one of her top talent did leave, but called back several weeks later and asked for his old job back. Another favorite was when one of Kelly's most seasoned employees said, "I've worked in a lot of settings that talk about 'teamwork,' but this is the first time I've ever truly experienced it. Do you know how rare this is?"
Kelly was soon recruited by a management consulting firm where she worked with and through the ownership and their leadership teams to help turn-around and/or build greater traction for their small and medium-sized businesses. She was later recruited by a company founder to take over their role as President of a national IT consulting firm. The role included aspects of the turn-around work she had been doing, but it also involved developing a diverse, nation-wide leadership team, and developing "leaders at every level" to transform the privately held company into the founder's vision of a 100% employee-owned company. A short time later Coach Kelly & Associates was born and here we are!