Deborah and the Starlings – Afterword


Thank you for being a part of the this adventure. We all love a story and I trust that following Jack, Deborah and The Starlings has been an enjoyable way to learn a bit about Team Coaching.

Of, course, life is more complicated than can be told in a (very) short story. Every team is different and has different factors that can impede their performance. For example, matrixed teams – ones formed by representatives from quasi-independent organizations – have become very common. Bringing such a team to a high level of performance can be exceedingly difficult if the organizations represented are not “on the same page” – but it can be done!

Jack is an amalgam of several Team Coaches that I know and have observed in action over the years. We share two things: a love of good dark roast and a conviction that, all else being equal, a team skilled in dialogue will always outperform a team that limits itself to discussion and debate and settles for a “compromise that everyone can live with”.

Teams: sometimes they are just awful but every team has the potential to be awesome. A high performing team does not “just happen”. It is the product of a lot of hard work that can sometimes be quite uncomfortable. However, the results are always worth the effort. If you are interested in learning more about Team Coaching, contact me and let’s talk about it!