Team Effectiveness Coaching


What is team coaching?

Team coaching means working with the whole team to enhance their self-awareness and the mutual regard and respect they have for each other, with the focus on improving the quality of relationships and identifying what encourages and what gets in the way of the teams’ effectiveness and performance.

Our approach to the team coaching process

Team coaching helps people understand how to work better with others. It’s an effective method for showing teams how to reduce conflict and improve their working relationships. The team can then focus on its real work, and achieve its objectives. People must learn to work together and understand how to relate to one another – otherwise the team’s output will be less than it could be.

We commence the team coaching intervention by understanding the dynamics of the team. This is the process of figuring out how team members relate to one another. We all have different styles of working and communicating, and when we encounter a person with a style that’s different from our own, we can often get frustrated with that person, and fail to recognize his or her unique strengths. In order to achieve this we conduct two assessments on team members, one being a learning style inventory and the other a personality and team role assessment.  This forms the basis for the initial interaction with the team. Personality and behavior assessments are great tools for improving a team’s understanding of its own dynamics, and they give team members a better understanding of why they react to their colleagues in certain ways. This new understanding helps them think about how they can relate to one another more effectively, at the same time that it breeds tolerance by helping people understand that different approaches may be valid in different situations. For example, if Sally knows that George is shy, she’ll have a better appreciation for why he prefers to do tasks independently. Rather than assume he’s just not interested in working with her, Sally can focus instead on finding ways to relate to George on his terms. Likewise, when George realizes that social acceptance is important to Sally, he can make an effort to be more friendly and interested in what she’s doing.

Once this has been completed we move on to the Saraswati  base methodology and work systematically through the 15 key criteria for successful teams.  The outcome of the intervention is a comprehensive team charter document that defines the “rules of engagement” of team members.

Our methodology does not stand on its own and is informed by the client’s corporate culture, vision, mission and values.  Coaching to improve team performance could need different approaches for different teams and different people within the same organisation.  Our methodology is flexible and is customized per a team’s requirements as what works for one team may not necessarily work for another.

Our Base Methodology

Based on the premise that the team is a collective, team members need to share common insight and views in order to ensure high performance teams.

How much does the Team Effectiveness Coaching Programme cost?
The cost of the programme will be dependent on a number of factors including the number of people in the team, whether assessments will be done, the complexity of team dynamics and the duration and extent of the process.


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Executive, Business, Change and Life Coach


Helga’s coaching experience includes hundreds of executive coaching assignments to premier organisations like MTN, Impala Platinum, Gold Fields, the Old Mutual Group, Sanlam, inter alia in excess of 12,000 coaching hours over the past 15 years.

Helga developed the Programme material for Saraswati Coach Academy International and piloted its impact and efficacy at various client organisations with huge success over the past 10 years.

She trained approximately 500 students in the NAFCOCJCCI Labour and Employee Relations Certification Programmes; a programme that she designed and facilitated.

Other training included various professional programmes over the past 30 years including: Communication Skills, Negotiation Skills, various human resources topics and employee relations management.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Law and is a published author (Juta).

Helga furthermore directed numerous cutting-edge consulting assignments to blue-chip companies internationally over the past 30 years, ranging from organisational redesign, culture change, business improvement, change management, HR strategy design and people management tactics and strategies.  This has provided her with deep insight into the challenges faced by executives – helping her addressing coaching needs meaningfully.

However, Helga’s real work was on herself and in creating self-mastery and consistency for her own personal growth.

Helga holds certifications as a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Executive Coach,  Results Coach, Life Congruence Coach and Change and Transformation Coach.


Executive, Change, Results, Mbit and Life Coach


Amory Landis is a Certified Life, Performance and Executive Coach with credentials as a Mbit Coach, Results Coach, Life Congruence Coach and Certified Professional Coach.

He has coached hundreds of individuals and executives towards living an authentic and balanced life, whilst helping them to develop and hone their gifts.

Amory is particularly asked to coach for improved individual performance and in this area he works with professional athletes, executives and people who are aspiring to reach the next level in their career or personal goals.

He utilizes a holistic approach towards self-discovery and personal mastery, guiding individuals towards a joyful state in which they are able to function at their highest potential.

He also consults for various premier organisations as a specialist consultant in areas of Human Resource Management, Change Management and  Organisational Culture Design.  Some of his clients include Gold Fields, Implats, Sanlam, Joburg Property Company and Minerals Processing Executive.


Mentor Coach


Karen worked in a corporate environment for 20 years, before transitioning into coaching. She held a number of senior human resource leadership roles across a broad cross-section of the organization.

At the same time her coach training and experience (2 250+ coaching hours) provide perspectives and ways of working that open up new possibilities for her coachees.

Karen is a certified Integral Coach, Leadership Embodiment Coach and is credentialed through the ICF at Master Coach level.

She serves as Mentor Coach to Saraswati Coach Academy International.


  • We develop customised, fit-for-purpose coaching methodologies that are specific to your business and your industry
  • We ensure that the coaching methodology and outcomes align and support your company’s strategy, business objectives and enable the desired culture of the business
  • Our approach to the coaching conversation is balanced and holistic in nature and considers proven theory and world-class, industry-specific trends and developments
  • The coaching methodologies align with international coaching standards and global best practise
  • We successfully blend coaching and mentoring given our exposure in corporate roles
  • We are adept at multiple leadership styles and as such, do not advocate a once-size fits all approach
  • Saraswati possesses a deep databank of tools, expertise and resources
  • We have successfully developed credible in-house coaching competence for some of our clients
  • Combine global Big 4 consulting experience with our mentoring practise
  • We dove-tail a psychometric assessment facility with our executive coaching and coach training initiatives; and
  • Because we’ve worked in large multi-cultural corporations ourselves, we understand what it takes to succeed.