What if we told you that leading a team resembles conducting an orchestra? Organisations and stages, as well as work, often bureaucratic, and music do not seem to have much in common, if you look at them at a glance. However, you may be surprised at the parallels between these two universes.

Who guarantees it is the maestro Martim Sousa Tavares, responsible for one of the most dynamic masterclasses of the programme Adam's ChoiceThe Symphony of Choosing. All our daily actions are choices, even those we are not aware of, capable of creating a symphony, which can be well or badly conducted.

The similarities between organisations and orchestras are all too evident in terms of structure: both rely on hierarchies. Commonly, we find in these two worlds different pyramid systems. In companies, at the top are the boards, then the C-level executives, namely CEOs and CEFOs, followed by managers, team or project leaders, and at the bottom, the remaining employees. In orchestras, in the front rows are the artistic directors, then the musical directors, such as conductors, followed by the members of the main orchestra - usually the most senior members - the other musicians and the stage staff.

Let's focus then on the second layer of both pyramids: this is where most of the decisions come from. It is up to C-level executives and conductors to coordinate their teams harmoniously. To do this, they need more than experience or ability, it is essential to know how to delegate, trusting the lower layers.

"There is always a balance: we can have everything under control or trust. If we have 50% trust, we have 50% control. If we have 99% confidence, we only have 1% control.It'snot possible to have 100% of both, you have to balance," explains Martim Sousa Tavares. "There are maestros who have 100% control and others have 100% confidence. Both are plausible and can work with good results, but, never forget, it is up to us to choose."

This act of trust is not only reflected in greater productivity, it also results in happier and more motivated employees. As an example, watch the video to see how two different types of leadership have two completely different outcomes:



Curious to know more? The similarities between good and bad leadership practices in business and in orchestras don't stop there. Join Adam's Choice and Martim Sousa Tavares on their great learning journey to discover new techniques to motivate, inspire and encourage your teammates.

O Adam's Choice programme is intrinsically linked to the concept of Choosenology. Each participant is educated about the impact of the decision-making process, reflecting on their individuality and gaining self-awareness on a unique and transformative growth journey. It provides participants with a unique learning experience and gives them the opportunity to develop more holistically, encompassing body, mind and spirit, addressing the six dimensions of the National Institute of Wellbeing (emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and occupational).

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