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Are you ready to 'Rock the Dance Floor'?


Most of my friends know that I don’t go (and have never gone) clubbing, my record collection (yes, I still have one!) causes people to burst out laughing and when the boys change the car radio from ‘Smooth’ to ‘Capital’, I find myself repeating the words my Dad said to me: ‘This isn’t music! It just goes BOOM, BOOM, BOOM…!’

So, when I booked myself onto a 4 hour DJ Taster course, I think I even surprised myself!

I probably didn’t get off to the best start when the instructor asked everyone what music genres they were into.

Them: ‘R&B, Hip Hop, Techno, Trance…’

Me: ‘Eighties’

Instructor: That’s an ERA, not a GENRE!

Then we moved onto what the role of the DJ was- and this is where it got interesting for me! The instructor gave us a definition of the role of the DJ:

'to create and control the energy in a live environment’

I suddenly jumped into work mode! That’s Leadership! That’s Employee Engagement!

Think of yourself as the DJ:

  • How are you proactively and passionately adding value to your team?
  • Are you creating the right conditions for your team members to give their best each day?
  • Do you have a team of happy, productive people?
  • How do you create and control the energy in your team?

Employee engagement isn’t about implementing a few incentives. It is about creating a state or behaviour that makes people feel passionate about their work. Stop thinking about yourself as a manager or leader, and imagine yourself as a DJ, stood at the decks and think about what it is you are trying to create.

‘Because DJing is not about choosing a few tunes. It is about generating shared moods; it’s about understanding the feelings of a group of people and directing them to a better place.’

So… are you ready to ROCK THE DANCE FLOOR?

If you want any advice on Leadership, Employee Engagement or Management Development, please feel free to contact me at helen@helenhamilton.co.uk