Team coaching made easy

Howard Niden had recently been appointed as CIO of Mayer Brown, a large US-based international law firm that was in the process of becoming more global.

"I need your help", he explained. "My new employer wants the IT division to spearhead the global integration. I have inherited some good and some not so good technical managers, but I need a high performing leadership team."

We sat down and began to plan out the journey together. This was informed by the five disciplines model of leadership team coaching.

First I was interested in the nature of the team's commission. Howard made it clear that they had many stakeholder commissions and had to find a way of bridging them. The firm's Senior Partner executive wanted to have a common platform for all work internationally.

Local country partner teams wanted local autonomy. Individual partners often wanted their own expensive bespoke IT solutions.

"We have to treat them all as customers, but somehow we have to partner the senior executives in making clear what is in scope and what isn't."

Together we ran a team event for the nine senior managers who reported to Howard, jointly to clarify the team's mission, the function's purpose, strategy, vision core values and what this was going to require from the senior team to make it happen.

The team felt good about the way they had created this together.

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