Team Coaching

Team Coaching Overview


If you are looking for corporate team building in the Minneapolis area, look no further than CO2 Partners. Our team coaching program was designed to provide your organization with broad, comprehensive support instead of simply training a few members of the executive team in accountability. It will help each member of the team see their role in the entire ecosystem and how they are accountable and responsible for their team’s results, not just their part. In addition, the team will learn how to communicate when differences and dysfunction arise and how to encourage healthy conflict.

Many teams believe that they are only a team when they are together. Our goal at CO2 Partners is to help each team member understand that when they are operating between meetings, they are actually carrying out activities on behalf of the team.

Team coaching is different than other means of organizational transformation in that it looks at task, process, stakeholder, organization, and system — individually and collectively. When organizations focus simply on tasks and process, work and people tend to slip out of alignment. Cultures don’t change. Old habits don’t die.

At its heart, team coaching is about supporting the senior teams and key influential managers, so that the organization can grow purposefully and steadily — according to both a clear vision and a compelling strategic plan. It is about having experienced coaches sit in on meetings so that roles and responsibilities are maintained, the organization’s culture is respected and modeled, best practices are used, and the organization remains on track to fulfill its strategic-planning goals. CO2 Partners’ process strengthens a group’s “teamwork muscle” so that members will grow and adapt with the needs of the organization. If you would like to learn more about how CO2 Partners can encourage team building at your Minneapolis area business, contact us today.

Challenges for Today's Leadership Teams


Silo Effect

Silo Effect

Self-serving behavior and competing interests, i.e. individuals motivated by individual-performance measures and rewards, undercutting team members they view as competition.

Drama Addiction

Drama Addiction

Trust-damaging behaviors such as rumors, triangulating conversations, and credit or recognition not being given or shared

Stepping on Toes

Stepping on Toes

Confusion over roles and responsibilities—particularly in overlapping areas and during high-pressure or time-sensitive situations

Dropping the Ball

Dropping the Ball

Lack of accountability across team or organization

Silence or Violence

Silence or Violence

Systemic toxic conflict and combustible interpersonal dynamics

Signal Loss

Signal Loss

Communication failures, often as the product of a lack of well-designed procedural guidelines or failure to adhere to established procedures

Fairness Focus

Fairness Focus

Inequity or perceived inequity, particularly when related to virtual and remote team members

Decision Cascade

Decision Cascade

Failure to adapt and act quickly enough, caused by decision-making authority not being properly distributed

Phases of Team Coaching


At CO2 Partners, we don’t use a one size fits all approach to team coaching; all organizations face different challenges and opportunities as well as present unique strengths and areas for improvement. In general, though, we follow a four-phase process (The Four A’s) and customize our efforts based upon the organization’s particular wants and needs.

In this phase, team members fill out an 80-question Team Diagnostic assessment (which takes only about 20 minutes and is done both online and anonymously). We conduct cultural interviews of senior team members/key stakeholders, and use Individual Inventories (such as 360 Global Executive Leadership, StrengthsFinders, and DISC) to reveal how team members view themselves and are viewed by coworkers.

We design a customized three-day Team Coaching workshop for your team, based upon the data we’ve collected, sorted, and prioritized.

Team members are shown how to connect and build strong relationships with all the other key stakeholders (especially those who create or receive added value).

Accountability is the heart of the team coaching practice. This is where the team (with the help of the coach) will stand back, reflect on its own performance, become self-aware, and adjust for the next cycle of engagement.

Contact us to discuss your event and the added value we can bring to it.

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Who You’ll Work With

John Sandahl

John Sandahl is a certified team and executive coach, change-agent, team development specialist, and speaker with 20 years of experience helping teams and their leaders around the country achieve high performance through the power of connection and coaching.

John is an expert in facilitating any experience from very large group events to one-on-one personal coaching sessions and has yet to meet a group or individual with whom he can’t find some common ground to start the change process. He has worked with well over 175,000 people over his career to date helping them make change both personally and organizationally.

In addition to his work in the world of business teams, he has sustained a 20-year Ultimate Frisbee career while playing all over the world: he is a four-time national, three-time world champion and former captain of Team USA. He also coached the US National U20 women’s team three times in the junior world championships in Finland, Vancouver, and Germany where they medaled each time. He’s passionate about helping people learn to see each other (and themselves) in a better way, and has directed team development workshops with the national non-profit Youth Frontiers for 14 years.

John has a B.A. from St. John’s University, and he trained and certified with both Team Coaching International and The Coaches Training Institute, the standard-bearers of coach-training organizations worldwide, where he received the designations CTPC and CPCC.

John’s Bio  Work We’ve Done With Speaking

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