Learn more about Teams & Beyond
Starting With the ‘Why’?…
Teams & Beyond was created to be a platform for shared connection, value creation and prosperity – a company that has a positive impact on leadership, business and the world we share.
Using the principles of abundance as our foundation, Teams & Beyond is growing into a world-class business that does good by all of its multiple stakeholders.
Teams & Beyond was co-founded by Barbara Walsh and Danny Tuckwood. We both have a long history of leadership ourselves, having held senior positions in multi-national organizations and subsequently run our own businesses. Through Metaco, the consultancy we started 11 years ago, we have worked globally with executives and leadership teams across a range of organizations and industries, with a specific focus on systemic team performance and strategic culture optimization.
The crucial importance of teams and teaming is rapidly gaining ground in business around the world. Team coaching is being recognized as a distinct field of coaching, and team coaches are in demand. OD and HR professionals find themselves working as much with teams as with their leaders. Leaders are expected to be able to coach and develop their teams. As Senior Faculty for the Systemic Team Coaching® programs and Core Faculty of the Global Team Coaching Institute, we train and supervise professional external and internal team coaches and OD/HR consultants as well as business leaders who share our passion for developing high value-creating teams and organizations.
However, increasingly we find that yesterday’s expertise, knowledge and skills are no longer entirely relevant in today’s world – let alone fit for tomorrow’s shifting landscape. ‘Tried and tested solutions’ don’t work like they once did, and new thinking and approaches are needed.
This presents a significant challenge to all those tasked with helping teams and organizations make the necessary changes to shift successfully into their future.
What is Teams & Beyond?…
This is why we created Teams & Beyond.
If we are not learning faster than the environment out there is changing, we will soon become irrelevant. Not only is it important to keep updated as new information becomes available, equally important is to be a part of co-creating the emergent new learning needed for tomorrow’s world in the midst of the turbulence of today. As no one person has all the answers, this requires collaborative inquiry and generative thinking.
Teams & Beyond brings you a wide range of perspectives, approaches, models and contexts that as someone with an interest in building your capability for helping teams become sustainably value-creating, you will find an invaluable resource. Your thinking will be challenged with a variety of new ideas (always a good thing), and you’ll discover what resonates best with you.
As a community platform, you’ll learn from the experience of others, and participate in co-creative new thinking with some of the best minds in the world.
We understand that time is a scarce resource, and this has featured strongly in the design of Teams & Beyond. It’s convenient, practical and manageable for even the busiest professionals.
Who Are We?
Our team is growing as we speak, and we’ll be introducing you to our new team partners in due course. Although our offices are based in London, United Kingdom and Johannesburg, South Africa, our team is location independent and technology resourced. We are proud to be building a truly virtual, diverse, multi-cultural 21st Century team ourselves!
Teams are my big thing – I believe the capacity for creating extraordinary value through aligned collective power is truly limitless. Yet so few teams really step up to this potential. So often the reason exists in the “how?”
Teams & Beyond is the fulfillment of a dream to bring team leadership and learning directly to everyone who has a vested interest in raising the level of their game. This is not intended to be a fix-all, rather this is where you come to learn, explore, enquire, reflect and grow.
I’ve always enjoyed creating, being a part of, leading and coaching Teams that can add value to the multiple, complex systems that they serve. I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with teams across multiple contexts, helping them to develop the collective leadership that our VUCA world demands.
I also have a passion for helping the leaders and coaches that support team development to become more versatile and grow in experience – and have fun experimenting – in their interactions with their respective teams.
Our Guiding Principles
What We Stand For
We believe the future of good business is deeply rooted in trustworthiness and compassion for all living systems. Our Guiding Principles ensure we remain centred in this world of disruption and uncertainty. As the foundation of our success, they provide a framework for our clients to transform their own leadership and culture.
Becoming a B-Corp
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corp businesses are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, stakeholder communities, and the environment.
Whilst only companies that have been in operation for at least twelve months are eligible for B Corporation Certification, the ‘Pending B Corp’ status has been created to help early stage companies make this commitment. Teams & Beyond is in the process of acquiring this status. Watch this space!
Extending the Impact
With a Teams & Beyond office in South Africa, we are acutely aware of the critical socio-economic issues in this part of the world, particularly those impacting the ability of young adults to work and become self-sustainable.
Contrary to many other countries, the majority of the South African population comprises children and youths. Approximately 58 % of the total population is younger than 25 years of age, whilst approximately 39 % is younger than 15 years of age. (more) If you consider that the unemployment rate for youth aged 15–24 years was 55.2% in the first quarter of 2019 (significantly higher now in Q4 of 2020 given the events of this year), the severity of the problem becomes apparent. (more)
If a way around this is not found, the future of these young people, who are the future of South Africa, is bleak. Part of the answer lies in the development of entrepreneurial skills from a young age, so school leavers can be less reliant on socio-political factors outside of their control, and immediately become income generating, productive contributors to society.
From the outset, it has been our intention through Teams & Beyond to create a Foundation that makes a significant contribution towards addressing this issue. We searched far and wide for exactly the right organization to partner with. And then we found Teach A Man To Fish.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom with projects running in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, Teach A Man To Fish is transforming the lives of over 80,000 young people each year, giving them skills to succeed in school, work and life through practical entrepreneurship education. It’s exactly the kind of non-profit partner we had in mind.