It’s time to do some team introspection with these 10 Solution Focused coaching questions for dev teams.
Speaking up is a team effort. While we may want to focus on only the quiet ones and put the onus on them to talk, that typically gets them to clam up even more. And, as we create a more inclusive, psychologically safe environment, it’s essential to keep in mind that this will not just impact the person that may be the “one who needs to speak up,” it will essentially impact the entire team dynamics and functioning. How can we get from quiet to a true individual contributor while ensuring everyone is heard and seen AND given credit for their ideas and work well done?
We do this through a comprehensive coaching approach.
An approach I have been using for years now (probably more than a decade, without realizing it, until I became a certified Solution Focused Coaching Practitioner) – asking coaching questions to elicit the answers from within the team’s innate and already accessible knowledge and being. (It’s already there, even if you don’t know it, but a coach can help surface what we don’t see, know, feel or really BE yet….)
Managers, clients, and/or stakeholders report that dev team members are not transparent with sharing blockers or brainstorming in general (reference to standup meetings and retrospectives). In advance of the coaching conversation with the manager, there would have been performance reviews completed, which highlighted the strengths and challenges of the team members. The manager managing the team is being coached on how to enhance the performance of the team with reference to sharing blockers and/or brainstorming.
Jennifer Kumar, author has used the very same 10 Solution Focused coaching questions for dev teams when conducting programs such as Deliver Impressive Status Updates. If you want to learn these coaching strategies – learn about our Solution Focused Coaching Fundamentals Program as well. We look forward to being in touch.
You can use these questions on your own or with a Solution Focused certified coach (such as the author!). Looking for more questions that can get you on the path of solution focused success? Check out these blogs with question ideas from SF master guru Kirsten Dierolf:
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