What #bbcstrictly teaches us about supportive working environments

Whilst watching this year’s BBC Strictly Come Dancing, it was impossible not to appreciate how much of a team game #bbcstrictly is. Everyone has one focus and works to get there. It is essentially a masterclass in how a supportive working environments can get the best from people.

Everyone pulls in the same direction

Strictly is team work personified. From the dancers, make-up and hair teams, costumes, band and singers, set and production crew, everyone on #bbcstrictly is working to the common goal to make a great show the audience will love.

If you’re not focused on this single endeavour then you’re obviously on the wrong show.

Even if you’re that celeb that can’t dance, the focus is still on having a great time and keeping people entertained. It can then be a bit of a quest to see how far your bad dancing can take you. All in the best possible environment.

Getting the right training and development

That moment the celebs are partnered with their pro dancer is pivotal. As well as a dance coach, the celebrities also gain a mentor, counsellor and (usually) a new best friend. (Easy to appreciate when many couples undertake 30+ hours of training each week.)

The pro wants to get all the way to the final to showcase as much of their dance and choreography skills as possible. The celeb knows the longer they stay in, the more their career will be enhanced for the future. But to achieve this takes time, effort and sole focus on their dance partnership.

Specialist support and advice

Thankfully all the #bbcstrictly pros are at the top of their game, so as a celebrity on the show you’re going to have the best possible chance at doing well. Working with someone who has been there and done it – and got an international award – means the participants have the best teaching and support available. Having someone with this level of experience to share with the celebrity as they’re dancing feet are nurtured into submission is enviable.

Plus, on the off chance you’re pro isn’t a world title holder in the Charleston, for example, don’t worry. They’ll ship in the world title holder and get the expert help they need when it’s the celebs week to perform that particular dance style.

It’s also a bit of a popularity contest too but in some respects this doesn’t matter. (I’m sure we all know that more mature pro dancer who doesn’t always get the best celeb partner, but tends to do well on entertainment value nonetheless!). Because the aim is still about creating a show the #bbcstrictly audiences will love. This means the BBC is interested in great ratings (and beating XFactor obviously) and pulling the viewer votes in, which also raises cash for charity.

Constructive feedback

What I also like about #bbcstrictly is that the judging panel is made up of experts. No-one in the wider world knew of the likes of Len Goodman or Craig Revel-Horwood before the show. Now they’re household names. Love or loathe them, the celebs are guaranteed to receive honest and (usually) constructive feedback from the judges. Whether they need to improve their ‘top line’ or ‘pigeon toes’ the judges are there to spot improvements needed. And they offer expert guidance to remedy the situation. They give their feedback freely and easily – and the celebs often grow in their dancing skills as a result.

What can the #bbcstrictly environment teach us?

I have to admit that I sometimes feel quite envious as an observer of the amazingly supportive #bbcstrictly working environment. Everyone has that one clear purpose and does all they can to help achieve it. Yes they are personalities that clash – although I think there is much less of this in recent series. But overall the team is balanced and well-constructed to match the strengths and qualities of its component parts. Plus there is always expert feedback and constructive critique there so improvements can be made.

If all workplaces applied the strategy of the #bbcstrictly team, then imagine how much could be achieved?

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