Developing Chemistry in Your Team

podcast_large_neg_lo.pngYou’ve heard of personality assessment tests before. You’ve probably taken one (or two, or three). But can you remember your personality type? Can you identify the type of the person sitting next to you? Probably not. That’s why Suzanne Vickberg and her co-author Kim Christfort developed Business Chemistry, a system that’s easy to remember and easy for teams to put into practice.  Listen to the entire interview on American Management Association’s podcast, Edgewise.  

 

Five Attributes Of Cultural Fit For Buyer-Supplier Relationships

shutterstock_240995827_loMost organizations hire suppliers based on their capabilities and cost, but integrating five attributes of cultural fit to the mix can lead to healthier and more sustainable supplier relationships.  Forbes contributor Kate Vitasek covers a recent social debate about typical hiring practices, and whether they apply to supplier relationships, sparked by the authors of Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work RelationshipsDeloitte’s Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg.

Read the Forbes article and share your thoughts.

 

The life raft test: The importance of diverse working styles

ad5ewh_lo.pngWhen you have the opportunity to add a new member to your team, there are lots of ways to go about making your selection. Beyond screening for the proper experience and skills, many selection methods involve some element of testing for fit. Is their working style the right one for the role? Is their personality a fit for the culture? Or, employing the infamous airport test, would you enjoy yourself if you were stuck in an airport together?

Next time you’re selecting a new team member, imagine you’re not stuck in the airport. But the plane makes a crash landing at sea and you’re now floating in a life raft with no hope of immediate rescue. Would you want everyone on that raft to have the same strengths and weaknesses?

Read the entire perspective from Suzanne Vickberg, Business Chemistry’s Chief Researcher, in HR People + Strategy’s Blog.

“Hey, was that a squirrel?”

Mashup The choreography! The tap-your-toe inspirational music! The applause-worthy costume design! The unforgettable performances by the Pioneer, Driver, Guardian, and Integrator!  It’s just another day with Deloitte’s Business Chemistry team. What could your team do when it learns to click, not clash? Watch this awesome video and share it with colleagues!

Note:  Pioneers love exclamation marks!  It’s just so exciting!

 

Vote for Business Chemistry in the SXSW Panel Picker

19_PanelPickerVoting_Conference-IG.pngThe 2019 SXSW Panel Picker Community is now open and we hope you’ll help Business Chemistry be part of this year’s programming.  Voting is open until August 30. It’s as easy as review, comment, and vote for Business Chemistry to make it a part of this season’s SXSW programming.

To participate in the voting process, login or create an account. If you created a SXSW account in 2013 or later, you will be able to use the same login and password.

Once you are logged in to PanelPicker®, you can begin the voting process. Simply select Click when you clash:  Maximizing employee potential.

Each voter can vote once per proposal.. You can also leave a constructive comment about your Business Chemistry experience.  Have a question? This is also a great place to post all of your questions.  See you in Austin!

Three tips for CLOs to improve legal work relationships

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The ability to build rapport, work seamlessly with a diverse group of others, and cultivate a strong team culture can be imperative to the successful role of a chief legal officer (CLO). Whether you’re seasoned in-house counsel, new to in-house practice, in a department that’s large or small, a focused effort on understanding unique working styles and developing personal relationships can go a long way.

How can Deloitte’s Business Chemistry® framework be applied to help CLOs and in-house lawyers work seamlessly across diverse teams? Deloitte’s Chief Legal Officer program offers three tips that can help CLOs improve their legal work relationships.

How to activate the benefits of diversity

shutterstock_299889119_loBusinesses have long used personality tests in recruitment and in training and development. Indeed, it is a rare manager who has not been through some sort of personality assessment. But, with workforces becoming more diverse in terms of race, gender and age, it is arguable that leaders need to have a much better understanding of what makes their colleagues tick and how they can encourage them to work together effectively.

“While the benefits of diversity are real, they’re far from automatic. They must be activated.”  To learn how, read the article in Forbes by Roger Trapp, “How Different Personalities Can Work Together.”

 

Business Chemistry: A data-driven approach to workplace dynamics

Mentors The Mentors host Tom Loarie talks with authors and innovators Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Suz) who lead the development of Business Chemistry® (also the title of their book). This is cutting-edge innovation for the workplace. Deloitte teamed with scientists from the fields of neuro-anthropology and genetics to develop a system that leverages modern computational techniques to bring a data-driven approach to observing and understanding differences in people’s business styles.

Listen to the podcast and get show notes on their website.  #WednesdayWisdom

What’s your leadership B side?

121247890_loSome of you will remember the days when listening to music didn’t mean streaming it on your phone but instead putting on a record. And if that record was a 45, after listening to the hit song on the A side, you had to flip that little black disc over to hear the other song (the B side). The A side was why you bought the record but you got the B side song too whether you wanted it or not. As a leader, you too have an A and a B side.

Learn how a leader’s contributions can set them apart during their career in this article co-written by Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg.

 

Business Chemistry Insiders: Don’t miss Sunday’s big deal!

Good news Business Chemistry fans!  Amazon has added Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships to its Prime Week promotions, which will include a great discount we can’t yet reveal.   The lightning deal starts at 2:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 15, and ends at 8:25 p.m. ET.

If you already own #PracticalMagic, this is a great time to pick up copies for your team, colleagues, and anyone else that could benefit from learning more about the kind of chemistry that fuels workplace success.  (Hint, hint, office Secret Santa!)