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Today we dive into the world of Argentinian Tango dancing to explore how this fascinating and inspiring dance utilizes many of the same techniques and strategies that are applicable to the business realm of successful employee/employer relations!

Here are 5 powerful connections between the smooth, eye-catching dance of Argentinian Tango and the strategies of successful employee relations.

 

 

 

1. Communication & Understanding

Argentinian Tango is typically danced in close-hold, with a body-to-body connection, facilitating for subtle movements and a smooth, non-verbal lead. In order for this type of intricate communication to take place, the Lead and the Follow must each have a deep understanding of both the dance and of each other.

In the workplace, rather than a body-to-body connection, the employer and employees should maintain a strong mind-to-mind connection, rich with understanding and mutual knowledge. What are the timelines, the plans, and the expectations? What are the methods? What are the unique gifts and passions of each employee in order to create the highest level of harmonic efficiency?

Communication is not learned in a day. Just as the subtle techniques of tango dancing take weeks and months of dedication to practice and perfect, so communication techniques are something to be worked on and prioritized each and every day.  The smoother the communication and the deeper the understanding, the more beautiful the results will be.

 

 

2. Mutual Appreciation & Respect

The tango dancing scene is one of elegance and respect. Dancers have a formal way of asking each other to dance, by making eye contact across the room and then meeting in the middle of the dance floor. They treat each other with the utmost dignity and respect throughout the dance. Organized partner dancing is nothing like late night club scene grinding. Rather, it is an appreciation for the purity of the dance itself and the mutual respect for each partner. It is governed by rules, and this gives the dancers the freedom of passion and expression. Within this framework of appreciation and respect, a beautiful, passionate dance can come to fruition.

Even so, the workplace should function on the same value system, where employers actively seek to motivate and encourage their employees, where employees seek to respect and please their employers. When employees feel heard and appreciated, this is when they can thrive and reach their greatest potential. They are free to work at their best when they feel valued and trusted. Similarly, when employers experience harmony within their ranks, this is when they are able to focus more deeply on the company and press forwards towards greater success. Respect and appreciation are small efforts, but they make a huge difference, both on the dance floor and at the office.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Teamwork & Being In-Sync

Synonymity is crucial, both in the world of tango dancing and in workplace relations. In tango, if the Follow is not responsive to the Lead, and she goes her own way, neither partner will be able to dance with precision or unity. Similarly, if the Lead is oblivious to the Follow’s position or surrounding, he may fail to protect her from colliding with other couples. Only when both the Lead and the Follow work together can they create an intricate pattern of elegance. Then they can sweep across the floor, moving and spinning and dipping with seemingly no effort, while remaining completely connected and in time.

The same goes for the workplace. Teamwork is essential, and both employer and employees must be willing and receptive to each other. If employees are intimidated or hesitant to approach their employer, this will hinder their engagement and success in the company initiatives. If the employers are disconnected to their employees’ well-being, they will be unable to harness the full power of their team. However, when both employer and employees are making efforts to connect and work together, to step in time and act in accordance with each other, they become incredibly productive. The result of this mutual teamwork is perfect sync and unlimited potential.

 

 

 

 

4. Specifics & Structure

Tango is a wonderfully complex and subtle dance, and to carry out such detailed movements and routines, it requires the utmost technique and structure. Dancers devote many hours in order to practice and perfect their posture and frame, keeping their shoulders down and back, their upper bodies fixed and firm, their movements smooth and concise. It is both a physical and a mental workout, as they must keep in mind not only their own movements, but also the movements of their partner. It’s the little things that matter, and doing the little things well that creates beauty and fluidity.

These techniques are equally valuable in the workplace. Good results take time and practice, and they are often the products of optimal balance and structure. Structure is especially valuable within the workplace in the form of routines, whether it be a morning meeting to receive updates on the progress and plans of team members, a weekly planning sprint, or a continual feedback process.

These are not huge changes. They’re small, specific steps, and while they may seem unimportant, when done every day, they hugely contribute to creating an environment that motivates employees and fosters success. The pathway to success is through specifics and structure, and while it takes sweat and hard work, just as it does on the dance floor, the results are breathtaking.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Being in the Moment

The key to experiencing a deep, connective dance is to be in the moment and to be present—to sense your breathing, to enjoy to the music, to look into your partner’s eyes and feel the beauty of the art that the two of you are simultaneously creating. On the flip side, nothing is worse than dancing with someone whose mind is obviously somewhere else, when they don’t seem to notice you in front of them, when they seem to be caught up in everything except what they’re actually doing.

Staying focused comes from being in the moment, and the same goes for the workplace. Even though there are a million tasks to juggle, meetings, phone calls, complications—an employer who is present is an employer who makes a positive impact in both the company and in the day-to-day workings of the employees. The employees also thrive from being in the moment, from focusing on the work at hand rather than being distracted by what’s going on at home or where they’re going to go out for dinner after work.

Being in the moment sounds easy, but it may prove to be a surprisingly challenging task, and it can only be achieved when all individuals are committed, present, and focused. Being in the moment allows both employers and employees to focus on the task at hand, to feel the magic of their harmonized teamwork, and to push forward into success, one moment at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

The world of Argentinian Tango is fascinating, but none of these gorgeous routines come about by chance. Each step, each breath, is the product of training and awareness, of many hours of diligence and devotion. Tango dancing is both peaceful and inspiring to watch. Like a well-oiled machine, the couple moves without effort or flaw, delighting the eyes, enrapturing the mind.

Does this type of connection inspire and excite you? Would you like to experience this level of commitment and communication? Because you can. It will take work, but you can do it, little by little, step by step. So make the decision to put in the effort to connect and commit. Throw aside your doubts and fears, and make the courageous choice to step out onto the dance floor.

It’s time to tango.