Team Coaching

Is your leadership team working synergistically and operating at its highest level?

Has your team or its leadership recently undergone transition?

Team Coaching strengthens performance by leveraging team skills and improving upon team weaknesses. The process is designed to raise team performance, strengthen relationships, and ultimately, help the team perform at its highest potential.

Using my 4-step process, Team Coaching can enable you and your team to:

Operate at the highest level
Enhance creativity and the capacity to problem solve
Increase productivity and effectiveness
Enhance commitment to a common purpose/mission
Learn to work together as a cohesive team

Team Building

Do you have a newly formed team whose members are not familiar with each other?
Do team members engage in turf protection rather than collaboration?
Does your long-standing team need energizing and revitalization?

Team Building is a high-energy, interactive process that brings team members together to learn more about each other, explore ways to become more effective as a team, and have fun. This process energizes team members and typically results in greater levels of trust and cohesiveness. The process also helps team members understand and better leverage strengths and identify ways to address areas for improvement.

My 4-step process in Team Building can enable you and your team members to:

Develop and strengthen relationships
Surface, discuss and resolve issues
Enhance mutual understanding and trust
Learn about your differences and how to leverage them
Become energized and revitalized
Explore ways to work more effectively together
Develop norms for communication, decision-making and mutually respectful behavior
Develop clarity about roles, responsibilities and priorities


I partner with my clients to help them achieve their goals by designing board, team, strategic planning, etc. retreats tailored to their specific objectives, needs, and constraints. I help facilitate dialogue in which issues and concerns can be addressed and work jointly with my clients to determine the activities and interventions that will effectively serve to meet their desired outcomes

I use a range of methods to collect data including: written surveys, one-on-one interviews, focus groups, and large group forums. I design tailored and customized questionnaires, and interview and focus group questions in conjunction with my clients. I keep all the data that is collected anonymous (not attributed to any particular individual) and organize it according to whatever themes surface. I then share the data collected as a basis for discussion during the retreat. In addition, I develop activities and interventions during the retreat designed to take the data into consideration to achieve the stated objectives.

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Our clients include organizations such as:

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
  • The New School
  • The Field
  • Gould Paper, Price & Pierce

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“Deb was able to facilitate a retreat for us so that even those who do not like retreats or the topics discussed benefited from the experience. The process she co-created with us and the work that our team accomplished at the retreat was a catalyst for us to take off running on many of our issues. I am excited about the possibility of real change occurring inside the Law School.”
Peter Alexander, Professor (former Dean,) Southern Illinois University School of Law

"Deborah Howard brought an important blend of intelligence and humanity to a somewhat contentious gathering of women. Her cool head and willingness to be creative and focused on the big picture were both extremely valuable qualities.”
Abigail Disney, Daphne Foundation