Tango dancing can be free flowing, energizing, and expressive. And, downright fun! There is a leader and a follower. The follower decides how to respond to the leader in the moment. It is a collaborative process, which encourages the development of sensitivity, clarity, trust and respect.
A coaching session is similar to a tango dance between a coach and client. A coach is skilled to follow the client in the moment and artfully take the lead. The key for the coach is to be completely present. The coach’s full attention is on the client while silencing his/her background noise, thoughts, and opinions. A coach is actively listening and naturally responding from his/her intuition or ‘gut’. Based on the client’s responses and reactions, the coach will take the lead through asking thought-provoking questions and challenging perspectives. The coach tangos with the client by carefully leading when appropriate and mostly following in order to create an exploratory, rejuvenating, and possibly, empowering discussion.
Do you tango in a business meeting? Are you always the lead? Can you follow?
In order to foster collaboration, trust and respect, it is important to know when to put your thoughts and opinions aside to truly understand and explore the other person’s message. You consciously make the decision to follow the person in his/her thoughts and ask questions that delves deeper. You are curious in your questions and responses. This enhances and expands the two-way dialogue. The discussion becomes energizing! As a result, there is a clear understanding of the message, an increased awareness, and, possibly, ideas and/or solutions are uncovered that may not have been considered.
Who is your next Tango partner?