Courageously Creating Your Team's Next Version of Itself

Posted by Ann Deaton Share Your Voice


I've been doing a lot of work with teams lately. It is amazing when a team of diversely talented people choose to be open and vulnerable with one another, to trust, and to grow. I am always honored to be in the presence of someone who could choose to stay in safe and predictable terrain, yet opts instead to experience something new. It doesn't always turn out well----that's for sure----yet they invariably learn, and grow. 

One team has a way of teasing each other that is funny and engaging for most of them but hurtful to a few sensitive souls. Another group shares a reluctance to speak their truth when there is a possibility of being wrong. A third team is pretty certain they are good enough already, and sees no reason to take a risk to try to be even better. Those are tough barriers to overcome, yet in each team at least one person has found a way to access their courage, take a risk, and enter unknown territory. And with that one small step they are leading a way for others on their team. Easy? No. Inspiring? Yes.

Coaching Questions: Are you part of a team where you find yourself playing it safe? What one thing could you say or do that stretches you and your teammates?

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Small Ann Deaton I am a leadership coach, and Managing Partner in Bounce. I love to coach and facilitate with individuals and systems experiencing significant change and growth. The clients I work with, regardless of their age or position, are talented and creative individuals willing to look with fresh eyes at their challenges and opportunities, and to take action based on their discoveries. As a result, they find that they are capable of accomplishing far greater things than they ever imagined. What do you want to accomplish today? Who do you want to be?


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