Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams – Book Launch

If you weren’t able to join us at the official book launches in Johannesburg or Cape Town earlier this year, we are delighted to share this video in which Sunny shares an overview of the journey towards writing this book, and why it is so important in the modern business environment.

The business landscape has changed and continues to change at a pace that is challenging to sustain. Leaders, teams and organisations need to develop the ability to respond to the fast pace of change.

Dr Sunny Stout-Rostron deals with the most important role of a team coach, which is to enable learning and to create the opportunity for the team to deepen relationships so that they work more effectively together.

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Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams – The High Performance Relationship Coaching Model

Dr Sunny Stout-Rostron introduces us to the new High-Performance Relationship Coaching Model and share some of the journey towards developing this model. She goes on to explain some of the aspects, stages and processes of her new High-Performance Relationship Coaching Model.

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Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams – What experience and skills do good team coaches need

Dr Sunny Stout-Rostron talks about the variety and diversity of skills, expertise and experience that coaches working with teams need in order to be able to optimise the coaching experience. Team coaching requires a whole host of additional skills to those required for working one-on-one with clients.

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Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams – Working with Diversity

Dr Sunny Stout-Rostron talks about why it is important for coaches, who are working with teams in the modern corporate workplace, to be able to work with diversity of all kinds.

With the world having become more interconnected and part of a Global Village, diversity means many things: life experience, cultural background, educational experience and so much more.

Reaching out and connecting, being willing to be curious is an important skill in the modern workplace.

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Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams: why the need for this book

If you’ve been wondering what my latest book Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams is all about, and why there is a need for it, we’ve created a short video that discusses the journey towards writing this book, why it is so relevant as we head towards the 4th Industrial Revolution and what value the book has in working effectively with teams.

If you’re interested in joining me and my fellow authors at either the Cape Town (Monday, 27th May 2019) or Johannesburg (Wednesday, 29th May 2019) launch, send me an email.

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Dr Michael Cavanagh on Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams

“This book is a marvellous contribution to the emerging field of team coaching. Dr Stout-Rostron and her contributing authors have produced a review of extant team coaching models and contributed some new models for team coaching specifically aimed at respecting and capitalising on the cultural diversity found in today’s modern workplace. Much of the work undertaken here seeks to move beyond the linear models that have characterised coaching in past years. Instead, they explore systemic and developmental approaches to team coaching. In doing so, they contribute to a more sophisticated understanding of team coaching and coaching more generally. This is a book which is both theoretically strong and practically applicable. I am sure it will enhance practice and stimulate further development in this important area of coaching” – Dr Michael Cavanagh, Deputy Director, Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney, Australia

Book your spot for the upcoming South African launch of the book in Cape Town (Monday 27th May 2019) or Johannesburg (Wednesday 29th May 2019) by sending us an email with your name, email address, contact number and whether you would like to join us in Cape Town or in Johannesburg.

Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams is available in hard cover or ebook format from Routledge.

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Dr Marc Kahn’s review of Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams

“In this timely and useful book, the authors draw on their considerable experience and address key concerns and approaches to team coaching, stressing the importance of culture and the role that diversity plays in the process. Systems Theory is fast emerging as the dominant discourse for coaching in organisations, and the models offered here do well to expose its importance. Highly recommended reading for coaches working with teams.” – Dr Marc Kahn, Global Head of HR and OD, Investec Plc; Visiting Professor of People, Organisation and Strategy at Middlesex University, London, UK

Book your spot for the upcoming South African launch of the book in Cape Town (Monday 27th May 2019) or Johannesburg (Wednesday 29th May 2019) by sending us an email with your name, email address, contact number and whether you would like to join us in Cape Town or in Johannesburg.

Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams is available in hard cover or ebook format from Routledge.

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Book review from Dr Lise Lewis for Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams

“Team coaching is increasingly popular and credible as the people-development approach for businesses navigating the complex demands impacting on today’s workplace. We can no longer ignore the global platform of this digital age, further compounded by the unprecedented cultural mix in team composition. This seminal text, contextualised in relationship systems intelligence, offers expertise and knowledge that prepares and elevates your offering as a team coach. You can develop and distinguish your practice, informed by proven interventions implemented by successful practitioners. Current case studies from a range of sectors are reinforced with tangible illustrations and a range of team coaching models. You will be taken on a journey of discovery into every facet of team coaching – transformational leadership, a systemic perspective on culture and human relationships, and differentiation between group and team coaching. A text that I highly recommend you view as a must-have reference in all your preparations for team coaching.” – Dr Lise Lewis, International Special Ambassador of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), London, UK

Book your spot for the upcoming South African launch of the book in Cape Town (Monday 27th May 2019) or Johannesburg (Wednesday 29th May 2019) by sending us an email with your name, email address, contact number and whether you would like to join us in Cape Town or in Johannesburg.

Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams is available in hard cover or ebook format from Routledge.

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Book Launch: Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams

In this book, currently available in hard copy or as an eBook, Dr Sunny Stout-Rostron examines real-world experience and the contemporary literature on group and team coaching. She analyses how team coaching can guide coaches to help leaders and teams flourish in complex, culturally diverse organisations. As well as presenting a variety of team coaching models she also presents her own model, High-Performance Relationship Coaching, the result of many years of working with global corporate teams.

Dr Stout-Rostron illuminates how team coaches can help teams to learn from and interpret their own experiences, and to understand the complexity of the environment in which they work. Her team coaching model is explored over eight chapters, beginning with the role of the business team coach and leadership coaching processes. She evaluates how to work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how to shift culture through transformative leadership coaching, explains the depth of relationship systems coaching, and explores how to apply a variety of methods including Ubuntu coaching. The book encourages team coaches to develop deep self-awareness, team awareness, cultural diversity awareness and wider systemic and relationship awareness. Filled with practical stories and examples, it describes how to work successfully with these models in the real world.

Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams is a key guide for coaches in practice and in training, HR and L&D professionals and executives in a coaching role. This is essential reading for all team coaches.

CONTENTS:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction: Team Coaching;
  • Chapter 2: Leadership and team coaching;
  • Chapter 3: Transformative leadership coaching: Shifting culture in organisations, Deborah Williams;
  • Chapter 4: Theories, models and tools for informing the High-Performance Relationship Coaching Model;
  • Chapter 5: Diversity and culture in teams;
  • Chapter 6: The case for Ubuntu Coaching: Working with an African coaching meta-model that strengthens human connection in a fast-changing VUCA world, Dr Dumisani Magadlela,
  • Chapter 7: Relationship Systems Coaching, Creina Schneier and Anne Rød;
  • Chapter 8: The High-Performance Relationship Coaching Model;
  • Chapter 9: Final Reflections;
  • Appendix

Diarise the launch of the limited edition soft cover version of Transformational Coaching to Lead Culturally Diverse Teams in South Africa in Cape Town on Monday, 27th May 2019 and in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 29th May 2019.

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#Coaching2Connect Twitter Q & A hosted by SACAP

twitterLast month, we participated in a Twitter Q & A session on the topic of how coaching plays a role in your being or becoming more of a “people person”.  The Twitter talk was hosted by SACAP, the South African College of Applied Psychology.  What follows are SACAP’s questions and my answers (which you can also find on my Twitter handle @StoutRostron, following the hashtag #Coaching2Connect):

Q1 How important is it to have good interpersonal skills in the workplace? #Coaching2Connect

It’s vital as most successful business is based on personal relationships. This applies both to your career prospects, to team management and crucially bringing in business to the company. Look around you and see who are the successful people and ask yourself why. Develop the skill and competence of communicating one-on-one with people and being able to make your voice heard in a group or team. The most crucial thing in developing yourself as a people person is being authentically you.

Q2 How do you know when your interpersonal skills are not up-to scratch? #Coaching2Connect

When colleagues misunderstand you, or misunderstand your requests or instructions. When you feel your boss is not understanding or appreciating you. And when your voice is not listened to in meetings when you try to make a suggestion. Ultimately it is something if everyone is honest with themselves. They know deep down if you are being authentic. And know if you are communicating comfortably. If you are uncomfortable you need to work on yourself and your skills.

Q3 What role can coaching play in improving interpersonal skills and helping you be more of a people’s person? #Coaching2Connect

First of all coaching helps with developing self-awareness. This is the building block of looking at yourself and understanding your strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. Everyone has aspects they can work on. Working on your interpersonal skills is important for everyone – especially those who are more introverted or shy. Coaching helps you understand how you can improve and overcome your difficulties and pushes you to always be authentic. From that results will follow. Coaching will help you with your communication skills in every way.

Q4 How can coaching help you to connect more effectively? #Coaching2Connect

You will develop confidence in yourself. You will become more aware of your own strengths which perhaps you have not yet developed. Different situations require different approaches, and you will learn how people are experiencing you. And how to adapt accordingly. For example, some managers out of lack of confidence can be too submissive or aggressive. Learning how to moderate your own behaviour will always produce better results. Self-awareness is everything and that is the key to coaching.  Your coach can help you by noticing your patterns of communication and through those observations, help you to be more aware of your communication behaviour and its effectiveness

Q5 Why do good interpersonal skills make you a better, more effective leader? #Coaching2Connect

Leaders are required to communicate in a variety of situations and with a variety of different people. Having a vision in your head is no good if you cannot communicate it and enthuse everyone around you. Leaders need to be able to communicate vision, strategy and direction. They also need to be able to negotiate difficult situations and to manage difficult people. Persuading by ordering and shouting produces less results than persuading and inspiring. The more you develop the skill of communicating in different situations the more successful you will be. Leaders also need to be able to communicate through telling stories to get a message across.  People tend to gravitate towards leaders with excellent communication skills and success as a leader is completely dependent on how you engage and are experienced by others.

Q6 Why does coaching require you to step out of your comfort zone? #Coaching2Connect

If you just stayed in your comfort zone you wouldn’t progress either personally or professionally. Just think of great sports teams or athletes. The ones who stand out and achieve peak performance are those who know they need training and someone to push them to their full potential. This applies in all walks of life and especially in business – and particularly for leaders. Often people engage with a coach as something is not working in their personal or working life. Or there is a wide gap or disconnect between the two. A coach helps you think through where the gaps are and how you can address them.

Good interpersonal skills also help you to deal with politics in the organisation. Coaching helps you to identify your own limiting assumptions and asks you to question and challenge what you take as gospel. An assumption is a proposition that we tend to think is true. A coach helps you to look at your reasons and to identify what is untrue and limiting.  Coaching helps you to identify patterns of behaviour that are holding you back. The coach helps you to step into new thinking, new feelings and new behaviours.

Q7 How does body language play a role in improving interpersonal skills? #Coaching2Connect

Body language is more than 50% of communication. You will know when a colleague is saying one thing and meaning something else. It is something that we are all capable of picking up. An authentic communicator and people person is in alignment with their own beliefs and values. Words and body language communicate this and need to be in alignment. Our unconscious mind is dominant when we are speaking – and is communicated through our body language. If your body language and voice message do not match you will be sending the wrong message. This will be reacted and responded to.  Our body language shows whether we are at ease and comfortable. This is picked up by the receiver and puts them either at ease or can create anxiety if you are not a ease.

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