Lead like a dancer and find your flow.

Leadership, like dancing, is about connecting with others, taking risks, and discovering who you really can be.

Follow the Beat

“Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time” – Peter Townsend

Leading Beat

Leading Beat was born out of my passion for Cuban Salsa. Having spent endless hours of dancing and connecting with people from all walks of life, has transformed my understanding of human behaviour and psychology.

Dancing was the trigger that unexpectedly set me off on a journey of self-discovery, and inspired me to write about the many surprising leadership lessons I’ve learned along the way about communication, teamwork, agility, growth mindset and creativity.

My goal is to provide you with fresh insights, and inspire you to lead like a dancer. 

Lead Like a Dancer

When I first started dancing, I’ve never expected how much I was going to learn and grow. Although it was just a hobby, dancing unexpectedly opened up to me a whole new world of insights on human behaviour, communication, teamwork, agility, and creativity. 

It taught me how to deal with the unexpected, adapt, improvise, and keep moving forward. How to connect deeply with others and self-organise within a group. Eventually, it transformed my perspective on leadership and who I wanted to be.

Why collaboration can be more powerful than competition

The conventional wisdom promoted by many management "gurus" is that in order to succeed in our careers we need to...
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How slowing down can make you go faster

We live in a world of accelerated pace where we value speed and efficiency more than reflection and learning. At...
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Life is full of curves, not artificial straight lines

Do you like thinking in straight lines or curves? I know, this might seem like a curious question but it...
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How dancing helped me overcome my shyness

For as long as I can remember I had been shy. Perhaps it was lack of confidence, perhaps fear of...
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How to allow for more serendipitous moments in your life

What we call mistakes are small serendipitous moments that help us learn. By using the term mistakes we create a...
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The power of intrinsic motivation – how to fuel your spark

Dancing salsa is a voluntary activity that takes up a lot of my effort and time. I am not doing...
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Why introverts love dancing

We always tend to make assumptions about introverts. "He is an introvert, he does not communicate well" or my favourite...
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The surprising value of practicing alone

In team sports usually people think that training happens only in groups. But the reality is that most professional players...
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The forgotten art of listening – how to uncover hidden layers

Hearing is a physical process that allows us to perceive sounds. As a process, it is quite passive. We do...
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How to make training a joyful learning experience

When we take up a new hobby or study a new subject we usually have great excitement and joy. However,...
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Learning How to Dance with Risks

Most of us have a strange relationship with risks. When we are aware of them, we tend to downplay them,...
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Adaptive Triads Framework

I have created the Adaptive Triads Framework for smart organisational design and structure, taking advantage of our natural inclination to organise effectively in threes. 

The framework recommends triads as the basic building blocks of collaboration and team structure that allows self-organisation and autonomy. 

Triads can act as a collaboration constraint that enables effective and balanced teamwork while limiting communication overhead. It also makes teams think how they can split work into smaller manageable chunks that require no more than three people to complete.

Triads are not fixed or isolated by the rest of the team. They should be adaptive with changing membership, based  on the task, challenge or problem they have to tackle at any one time. This creates stronger relationships and better cross-pollination of ideas that increases creativity and problem solving.

This concept can be applied either within a team or between multiple teams and larger groups.

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Adaptive Triads – A New Approach to Team Structure and Dynamics

From ancient to modern times and from world philosophies and religions to music, sports and science, triadic structures appear in...
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Adaptive Triads Teamwork

Real teams are better than superteams of stars

From the 1992 US Men's Olympic Basketball team, aka the Dream Team, famously the greatest team ever assembled in the...
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Why triads are better building blocks for high performing teams

For a long time there had been the assumption that dyads constituent the basis of teams. But I believe there...
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How Our Social Network And Relationships Define Us

Our social network defines our lives much more than we think. It shapes our views, drives our actions, and influences...
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What the triangle basketball offence can teach us about successful teamwork

The Triangle Basketball Offence was the tactical system that led to the incredible success of the Chicago Bulls team of...
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How to use constraints to enable self-organising teams

The term self-organising teams was popularised in the Agile Manifesto for software development in 2001. I think that although the...
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Teams as Complex Adaptive Systems: A New Perspective on Teamwork

In the last thirty years there has been increasing research on understanding teams as complex adaptive systems. This offers a...
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What is the ideal team size and why it is important

From the first time I worked in a team, I always wondered, is there an optimal team size? And how...
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To achieve big goals you need to think small

It sounds counterintuitive, but to achieve big goals you need to think small. When I first started Cuban Salsa I...
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The myth of the genius expert and why you need to dance with others

One of the most persisting myths in modern business, arts and culture is the myth of the lonely genius expert....
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Discover Insights

Connect authentically with others, lead with empathy, and create the right environment and culture for them to grow and thrive. Communicate with impact and inspire others to action.

Realise the power of collaboration and understand how in highly successful teams, roles, ideas, and actions blend and transcend the limits of the individual.

Organisations, like flocks of birds, are complex adaptive systems. Local collaboration and interaction through simple rules can create complex emerging patterns and behaviours. 

Develop a growth mindset and become a lifelong learner. Learning is a journey not a destination and every obstacle can turn into a learning experience. Don’t waste the opportunity. 

Become curious about the world around you, develop new interests and focus your energy on experiencing life. Lose yourself in what you do and find your flow.

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