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Much has been written about coaching individuals, yet there has been little investigation of coaching teams at work. Even in organisations that have made strides towards becoming coaching cultures, the focus has been on the individual, not the team. This failure is now a serious weakness in the abilities of managers at all levels.

In this book, David Clutterbuck bridges the gap between what is known about team learning and coaching and the practical experience of managers and team coaches. He answers such questions as how team coaching differs from individual coaching, what skills underpin effective team coaching, and how team coaching can be made a sustainable, automatic process.


This book is a must for anyone involved in organizational coaching. It gives a framework for team coaching that will significantly move our industry forward. Importantly it tackles the many complexities that exist in the application of coaching in organizations – whether you sit inside, or outside that organization. It tackles the myths, the metaphors and the realities. As someone whose career has moved from one application of coaching (in sport), to another (now, in business), it has added further understanding to a lifelong journey!
Adrian Moorhouse, Managing Director, Lane4 & Olympic Gold Medallist
David’s new book is practical and pragmatic and brings in a wealth of research and experience while remaining very readable. It plugs a big gap on my shelf for it is difficult to find a really good book about teams, which David achieves, and he has done this at the same time as showing how coaching can be a powerful approach to team performance and development.
Myles Downey, author of Effective Coaching and Director of Studies at The School of Coaching
I thoroughly recommend Coaching the Team at Work to all those interested in individual and organizational development, improving working relationships and above all improving their own capabilities as a learning practitioner. The style is clear and direct, packed with useful and practical advice on how to develop coaching processes to ensure increased effectiveness, whether as a coach, a manager, or a member of the board. Coaching the Team at Work ranges across a comprehensive range of coaching issues, from the individual to the team, from the strategic to the operational. David Clutterbuck helps to clarify this critical area of organizational learning by providing a plethora of examples and mini case studies, backed up by rigorous research.
Jan Kingsley, Director of Corporate Services, European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)