Have you ever experienced disengagement or disorder in your teams?
Who hasn’t, right?
Well this week, I had the privilege to witness two dear friends and consultant clients, Edy Greenblatt and Mark Federman teach a group of MBA students all about leadership and functional team dynamics, through dance (at the University of Toronto -Rotman School of Management, my old stomping grounds!).
As participants stumbled their way through their first attempts as tango and salsa dancers, they were asked to own their roles as leader or follower and sometimes to quickly switch between the two… something Edy and Mark managed to make look both easy and graceful!
Debriefing comments after each dance were deeply insightful about the value of this process.
Clearly, when the body learns something… the mind isn’t too far behind.
The event was a truly creative way to launch the newly assigned MBA teams. As a result, these individuals have the benefit of beginning their work together with a bond already formed and an understanding about future roles with each other.
There is much to learn from this approach.
The evening also marked a milestone for Edy, who was just recently named one of Marshall Goldsmith’s top 100 coaches. As such, I would like to take this time to formally congratulate her for winning this prestigious award and to wish her well with the opportunity ahead!