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Moving beyond the team coach as knowing subject: the role of reflexivity, reciprocity and relationality in creating psychological safety for a team in difficulty

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Amy Stabler


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The paper presents findings about the development and impact of a team coach’s reflexivity, reciprocity and relationality and the methods used to create team psychological safety with a clinical team identified as being in difficulty during a realist evaluation study. It responds to calls for research into team coaching theory development and application. An insider pracititioner researcher conducted the study with privileged access to the clinical team as their team coach. It is presented as a single qualitative in-depth case. The paper outlines implications for team coaches about their intrapersonal and interpersonal experience of coaching teams as a source of information about the group dynamics that emerge during team coaching interventions. A framework and range of methods are proposed to support team coaches to adopt a position of reflexivity, reciprocity and relationality as they work with team development processes over time. The study offers an approach for practitioners, supervisers and commissioners of team coaching to evaluate how components of coaching interventions interact with contexts and underlying mechanisms to produce outcomes throughout the lifespan of a team development intervention. Further research in different contexts is recommended to test and develop the paper’s theoretical and practical recommendations.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Stabler A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 18th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe

Year of Conference: 2017

Acceptance date: 01/04/2017

Notes: The paper was awarded the Alan Moon Memorial Prize for Best Paper.