You’ve heard the expression; it takes two to tango. What the expression doesn’t say is that in order to tango, those 2 people need to work closely together. They need to be in sync which comes through communication, practice and patience. Ultimately, they need to trust each other. Great tango dancers will take your breath away as you watch them move as though they are one.
The same is true in the workplace. For businesses to function well, both leaders and employees need to work closely together. They need to be in sync which comes through communication, practice and patience. In order for teams to produce great results, they need to trust each other.
Yes, there will be many times when someone is clumsy and steps on the others toes. This is a given. Instead of getting upset, making assumptions and withdrawing, true success comes from coming back together, working through the missteps and keep practicing until you find the rhythm together.
Communication is a major area where toes get stepped on, feelings get hurt and damage is done that hurts the health, vitality and profitability of the organization, including the people who work inside it.
I’ve been training leaders and employees for the last 15 years in various subjects. Recently, almost all of my work is being dedicated on how we communicate and engage with each other. Specifically, helping teams navigate what I call “Crunchy Conversations.”
Years ago I read a little book that changed how I showed up as a leader, as an employee and as a human in business and in life. That little book was The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. These four agreements are great tools