What Business Leaders Can Learn From Strictly

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What Business Leaders Can Learn From Strictly

I am not a fan of reality TV programs, but in my house watching Strictly Come Dancing is simply not for debate. One of the dogs even has to endure the wearing of a diamante collar for the duration! But there are similarities between the annual course of progress on Strictly and the growth journey of any client.

All contestants begin at the same level. Some with more talent and maybe experience than others, but none as fully fledged dancers, but they all share a stated desire to get better, whether that be making it to Blackpool or lifting the glitterball trophy. However far people get, it is fuelled by desire, hard work and the quality of their coach. Much the same as in business and in life. The journey is characterised by similar stages. Everyone begins by learning the basics. Harder for some than others, but by the time the competition starts they have all made some progress and are DOing dancing, to a certain level. After a few weeks and the first of the eliminations those who are still DOing dancing are either already eliminated or are about to be. The ones who will remain have progressed from simply DOing dancing and are clearly BEcoming dancers. This is a very subtle but noticeable internal shift. A change of mental gears rather than physical ones. The practiced observer can hear it in the way the person speaks. A good coachee will go through a similar transformation. The coach may concentrate on how to DO leadership, or management and the coachee that trusts in the process will eventually start to BEcome that leader, or manager. The person who lifts the trophy is the newsreader, comedian, actress or celebrity who not only learns how to DO dancing, but also can get out of their own way to embrace BEcoming a dancer, fully, wholeheartedly and authentically. It starts with knowledge and ends with a character shift. What is getting in your way, lack of knowledge or lack of process, or both?

There are lots of challenges in the world but a business that is run well can benefit the world more than almost anything else, creating purpose, dignity, and wealth in honest and worthwhile work, but it is a competitive place in which to thrive. If you would like an edge and to significantly improve your business performance and expand your thinking please reach out.

Doing good by doing well.