Rounded Boardrooms - Wisdom8 Introduces a Different Approach to Top Team Coaching

Wisdom8, a London-based CEO, board and executive development firm, has introduced a different approach to improving boardroom dynamics, with its unique Top Team coaching programme. The firm, which develops top business leaders in some of the world's largest fast growth companies, have pioneered the Roundtable programme to unify and coach whole teams together, as opposed to classic one-to-one executive coaching.

Top Team coaching is designed to unlock latent executive team performance potential by resolving in-fighting and improving alignment, strategic focus and collective ownership. Wisdom8's board level coaches encourage a climate of trust and openness to overcome obstacles such as parochialism and 'survival of the fittest' mentalities - often a driving force for high achievers, but a major cause of poor team collaboration.

Wisdom8's introduced Roundtable in response to a need for CEOs and Executive teams to balance individualism with cohesion. This is done through provocative, independent challenge from top board level coaches to help the team reach their performance aims, both at a personal and business level, while equally drawing out the softer skills or collective wisdom of the team.

Says Jonathan Thomson, a Wisdom8 Coach, "Many executive teams don't work well as one team. One of the reasons is by the very nature of the structure - they have a functional role, which they defend. What's more, the training and development executives receive during their upwardly mobile career can focus on functional expertise and people management, however the skills required for seeing the big picture and managing the dynamics of a board can be neglected."

Furthermore, Katherine Tulpa, who was recently awarded Coaching Mentoring person of the Year by Coaching at Work, comments:

"Having top teams communicate in a way that is truly effective can be a challenge for many organisations, especially those working in multi-cultural, fast growth environments. Our programme helps to address this, along with other leadership issues head on, through a rounded approach that generates greater understanding, inspiration and debate."

About Wisdom8:

Wisdom8 is a international coaching firm dedicated to developing some of the world's top business leaders in emerging, fast growth companies. Wisdom8 works with CEOs, Boards and top teams across diverse and multi-cultural businesses to enhance performance and work towards greater success. The organisation brings together a team of board level coaches and specialists, known within their field, from a range of private industry sectors. Wisdom8 offers Wisdom Retreats, as well as 1:1 Executive and Top Team programmes that are tailored to needs and designed to enhance participants' personal and business effectiveness.

Wisdom8's next CEO Retreat is being held in France on the 9th - 11th of September 2008. To download a brochure, visit the website on

Relevant Research:

According to research published in the Harvard Business Review 2005, the problem of poor team cohesion accounts for the average executive team achieving only 63% of its strategic objectives. By redirecting energy from in-fighting into winning against the competition, Wisdom8 hopes aims to boost board and business performance.

For further information,

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