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Secret #15: Constructive Feedback and Coaching. Effect: Stimulating Individual Growth and Team Performance

Secret number 15: Constructive Feedback and Coaching. Effect: Stimulating Individual Growth and Team Performance


Today, I'll share with you secret number 15 of autonomous teams: constructive feedback and coaching. The effect of this practice is to stimulate individual growth and the performance of autonomous teams.

The importance of constructive feedback and coaching:

Regular and constructive feedback is essential to help members of autonomous teams develop, improve their performance, and reach their maximum potential. Individualized coaching provides a platform to guide and support team members on their journey of learning and professional growth.

Benefits of constructive feedback and coaching:

  • Improvement of individual performance: Specific and actionable feedback helps team members identify strengths and areas for improvement, allowing them to adjust their behavior and optimize their performance.

  • Personal and professional growth: Coaching offers an opportunity to explore individual goals, develop new skills, and overcome challenges, contributing to the professional development of team members.

  • Increased motivation and engagement: Recognizing achievements and providing positive feedback stimulates motivation and engagement among team members.

  • More effective communication: Constructive feedback promotes open and honest communication, facilitating problem-solving and effective decision-making.

  • Stronger team relationships: Individualized coaching and constructive feedback can contribute to building trust and mutual respect, strengthening relationships among team members.

Strategies for providing constructive feedback and coaching:

  • Set clear objectives: Ensure that all team members are aware of individual and team objectives, providing a clear basis for feedback.

  • Offer regular feedback: Provide constructive feedback frequently, not just during annual evaluations, to keep team members on the right track.

  • Be specific: Focus on specific behaviors and provide concrete suggestions for improvement.

  • Maintain balance: Offer both positive and constructive feedback, creating a positive and supportive learning environment.

  • Listen actively: Provide team members with the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns, demonstrating that you value their perspective.

  • Implement a coaching program: Establish an individualized coaching program to provide personalized support to team members.

  • Choose qualified coaches: Ensure that you involve experienced and qualified coaches to provide effective guidance and support.

  • Provide professional development opportunities: Facilitate team members' participation in courses, seminars, and conferences to develop their skills and knowledge.

Example of constructive feedback and coaching in an autonomous team:

A team manager provides constructive feedback to a team member regarding their recent performance on a project. The manager focuses on specific aspects of the team member's performance, providing concrete examples and clear suggestions for improvement. Additionally, the manager schedules an individual coaching session with the team member to discuss their challenges in more detail and develop an action plan for improvement.

Additional tips:

  • Adapt feedback to individual learning styles: Provide feedback in ways that best suit the individual needs and preferences of each team member.

  • Create a psychologically safe environment: Ensure that team members feel comfortable receiving constructive feedback and asking questions.

  • Be a role model: Demonstrate through your actions the behavior you want to see in team members.

  • Celebrate successes: Recognize the successes of each individual.



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