Form, Norm and Storm
Team facilitation (or group coaching) is a fantastic way to help teams work together more effectively, and to remove the obstacles that prevent them from doing so. Group coaching can be very useful if you’re trying to:
- Facilitate outcome-focused, strategic meetings that stay on track and keep your business moving forward
- Form a new team that works together effectively
- Help your team master critical skills and competencies
- Train a team to take on new responsibilities and challenges
- Find new ways to run meetings or make team sessions more effective and time efficient
- Create a common language and set of tools, used by the whole team
If you can relate to any of the situations above, then facilitation could be perfect for you. To learn more, book your free strategy call and we’ll get started. I work throughout London, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent.
When should I use a Facilitation & when should I use Coaching?
If you have a group of people that need to be aligned then facilitation is right for you. For example, if you are just forming a leadership team then getting a facilitator on board to help create the right structure for this team (e.g. how to run a productive leadership meeting, what each team member's responsibilities are etc.) is the best way to get support.
How does the Facilitation process work?
The process usually starts out with a 1-2-1 fact find with each group member to get a sense of where each person is and to set clear objectives. Then as a team, we establish the purpose of the group and set measurable goals.
If I am helping to create a best practice meeting, I will initially run the meetings, then facilitate the conversations, then move into an advisory role and finally observatory before handing over the best practice meetings for you to continue running.
What should I look for in a Facilitator?
Firstly, they need to be good at process (e.g. know the best practice way to run a meeting and ensure it delivers outcomes).
Ensure they have the relevant skills and experience. They need to be adaptable to fit the 'rhythm' of your meeting and be willing to go off-piste if appropriate.
Most importantly, ensure they are a good cultural fit (e.g. a creative agency doesn't want a stuffy shirt and tie wearing corporate facilitator).
About Rob Da Costa
I have 30+ years of commercial business experience. After beginning my career by working in various blue chip companies, I took the leap In 1991 to start my own marketing, PR and design agency. Over the next 11 years, I grew the business into an award-winning agency with 25 staff and revenues in excess of £1.5m. In 2002, I sold the business and then retrained to become a coach and mentor. Since forming Da Costa Coaching in 2007, I have helped over 300 agencies to grow in a sustainble, profitable and enjoyable way.
Why Work with Rob?
After a number of successful years, we wanted move into the next phase of our growth by redefine our offering. Rob has been instrumental in helping us understand where we are now and where we want to be, and the tools and processes that we need to get there. Not only do we now have an exciting next chapter, but I have personally learnt so much from working with Rob during this process. He now really feels like part of the Ambleglow family.
Director, Ink & Dots
I went to Rob for coaching to help me decide which direction to take my agency in. Rob applied a structured approach that enabled me to determine the best areas to focus on and the types of clients I should pursue. His advice was practical and easy to implement and he was a pleasure to work with. He was also an excellent sounding board when I had difficult decisions to make. I particularly valued the fact that he had previous experience in my sector. I have recommended Rob to friends and will continue to do so.
MD, Agility Marketing
We’ve worked with Rob for many years. Originally when my agency was very small - to help create (and keep on track) a business plan. Now he works with some of my team as well as the Directors, Rob challenges our thinking and provides different solutions to put into the mix. We’d happily recommend him.