International Coach Federation Switzerland

24-09-2019 - ICF Switzerland Charter Chapter in collaboration with the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC)

Tango Zen & Coaching  
Dancing In the Moment - Being Present & Flexible in the Coaching process


Moderator: John Leary-Joyce


In this workshop we will use Tango as the vehicle for exploring the nature of the coaching relationship and the controversial area of coach as follower and leader. Tango has a very simple dance structure, one person walking forward and the other walking backwards. Similarly, coaching is essentially a simple conversation between two people one leading the other. However, from that basic form there is a wealth of tools and techniques which develop both into a wonderful complex and subtle approach that produces amazing results.

Through a series of practical exercises, you will have the opportunity to really experience the essence of leading and following and the application to your coaching or leadership style.
“Tango must be simply danced, with immense feeling, with a sense of energy flowing between the dancers. This energy grows or decreases as the music ebbs and flows. It is a private conversation, something to be quietly shared, not publicly displayed.” Bruno E. Romero - Origins of Argentina Tango.

We will not be concerned about gender in the leader and follower roles. Everyone will be expected to do both roles and work with same or opposite genders.  As well as being fun as you learn to dance Tango!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding personally your feelings, mindsets and habits about leading and following and how this links to your coaching style
  • The importance of giving direction (as with interventions) which has the appropriate balance of strength and gentleness; authority and sensitivity
  • How to maintain the balance between holding form, structure & containment while allowing for emergence, creativity and innovation
  • The power and impact of being present in the moment
  • How to be confident to stay with not-knowing and be open to more options

Focus on the following ICF Core competencies

  • Establishing Trust & Intimacy
  • Coaching Presence
  • Creating Awareness
  • Direct Communication   


John Leary-Joyce is a highly experienced executive coach, trainer, supervisor, presenter and EMCC UK Past President and ICF PCC. He is founder and Executive Chair of AoEC (Academy of Executive Coaching) an international provider of accredited individual & team coach training up to Master Practitioner level.
He has been a Gestalt practitioner for 35 years so finding Tango with its emphasis on presence and physical communication in the moment, was a dream come true.  
Bodywork and body awareness has been a key part of his focus on health and wellbeing for himself and in his client work.
He has studied Tango in London with many teachers from Europe & Argentina, and danced in most cities in Europe and round the world. John has been a pioneer in linking Tango with Coaching, running workshops and conference presentations in London, Istanbul, Budapest, Prague, Paris, Sao Paulo, Nairobi, Florida, Beijing and Johannesburg.  
He is author of Fertile Void, Gestalt Coaching at Work and Systemic Team Coaching.


Participants with ICF accreditation will receive 2 CCEUs


Tuesday, September 24th

18.30 - 19.00   Apéro and Networking

19:00 – 21:00 Workshop

21.00 - 21.30   Take-away round and closing


More participants thanks to online event management solutions from XING Events.


OBC-Suisse Zürich-Europaallee
Europaallee 41,
8021 Zürich



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