Category Archives: Leadership

It takes two to tango!  The elegant Argentinean Tango that appears to be a highly structured, planned, and choreographed performance is surprisingly an improvised dance with no rules, where chaos coordination is required through continuous connection and mutual trust. Spontaneity and creativity come together, resulting in two satisfied players who have mutually created a spectacle of beauty, movement, and passion. The watchers, observers or audience have admired with envy, fascination and “I want it too”. The same applies to relationships. Improvisation – No Rules – Chaos – Coordination Required – Connection – Communication In tango, we have: “Two people, Four legs, but only One Heart.” The art, in tango, is to navigate through the chaos of a dance floor, avoid obstacles, all while enjoying the depth of the “encounter.” Who leads? To achieve this, it is better if one of the two is appointed safety officer (the leader). This role…

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In this article, we use the word “team” but note that this is also applicable to our personal relationships with our families, partner and friends. Please interchange the term “team” with “family” or “friends” as necessary. Working as one team is not a new idea. It’s the centre for community building. The idea of creating “community” at work is not a “wishy-washy, soft-touch” superficial concept. It’s vital for sustainable organisational success. As it takes a “village to raise a child”, it takes a “village to succeed through change”. Anthropologists and sociologists tell us that communities that don’t work together cannot innovate and would greatly suffer through change and even cease to exist. A common strategy of colonisers-invaders was to weaken community trust, foster gossip, to create wedges to disrupt communications in the “village”. Villages have successfully faced and thrived through change by practising: •A deepening sense of unity and pride. •Chatting with…

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Are we really working? This article challenges some of the ways in which we are operating in the business world; in an apparent culture of entitlement, where rights and obligations have become unbalanced. It focuses on the difficulty some leaders/bosses have in confronting low performance and low accountability. Expending energy at work does not mean we’re working Often times, we find ourselves working very hard, for long hours and for extended periods of time, and as a result, we often feel tired, exhausted and with no energy or drive left in us for our own personal enjoyment, family and friends. We oftentimes even catch ourselves saying things like, “I’ve been working so hard,” and we hear our family or friends say, “You are working way too hard, are you a workaholic?” But are we really working? What if I find out, after so much ‘work’, that my work has not been…

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