Make it Visible!

More about teams

When coaching a team leader to become more successful in their work, there is increasing emphasis on the design of meetings and workshops to create the right culture, a culture of high performance.

These designs are based around two things: encouraging encounter that builds psychological safety and dependability, the basis for collaboration, and, determining what is the right work for the team to be doing – meaningful and worthwhile – and how that work will get done – role clarity.


This design is about creating the culture and where people’s time and energy will be focused.

If the work is not getting done then there are two possibilities: the individual needs to take on their accountability and/or develop their skills or the culture is getting in the way. Individual coaching and team coaching are appropriate ways forward, respectively.

When coaching a team, a key focus is to make the culture visible so that the team members can develop clarity and commitment to act to modify their joint behaviour towards behaviours that will support higher performance.

We know what good behaviours are - blue zone: learning, accountable, growth oriented rather than red zone: rescuing or being rescued, playing the victim or blaming others, resisting learning opportunities.

So, team performance comes from superior design of team interactions and then interventions to shift behaviours that are holding the team back.

John Corrigan is an expert in helping individuals to bring their whole of mind to their daily life and increase their effectiveness and the effectiveness of those around them. This expertise scales from the individual to the team to the organisation. At the core of this work is the practice of encounter.

John Corrigan