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Tango.com, a lab for inter-functionality

For some time, in a corporation that provides personal insurance services had surfaced the need for an intervention on inter-functional relationships.
The Head of Training and the Head of Purchase, two thoughtful, brave women, who genuinely cared about the company environment, together decided to intervene to improve the coordination between the Purchase area and the other key areas in the company.

We were asked for a practical intervention, which was to go straight to the heart of the matter, in a sensible but straightforward way. Both didn’t want “the usual team-building program," a playful session that rarely produces a real change in the everyday lives of the employees when they get back to their company.
The Client had a restriction due to the limited amount of time but felt an urgency to tackle the problem, and we suggested Tango.com ®. It is an original workshop of experiential communication that we devised using the image of the Argentinean Tango – a solution that we feel is particularly fitting to involve different areas and professional sectors in a short time. It favors a productive interpretation of inter-functional relationships and the chances for concretely improving their integration.

“Will people have to dance?”, they asked us at first, a little puzzled. “It is not necessary. We propose simple Tango-related exercises that are fun and captivating. In a few hours, this nudges people to recognize the same interpersonal dynamics they face daily in their relationships and communication in the company. They, not only at a logical level but also at an emotional one, understand the utter importance of cooperation in their everyday work environment”.

Music, an expert dancer as a facilitator, and the rich metaphor of Tango created a memorable “working event,” that awoke in the area managers and their collaborators the idea that they could do a lot to find more synergy and fluidity in their relations.
During the final assessment, they told us that the CEO congratulated with the Head of Training for the effectiveness of that choice.

Alberto Agnelli


The painting "Tango" is by Salvatore Bernardo.