Collaboration is Crucial for Communication Teams

2017-07-17_19-46-42Communications teams come in many different shapes and sizes. Whether a three-person team or a global department, collaboration is essential for getting the most out a team’s constituent parts says Dr. Suzanne Vickberg, lead researcher on the Business Chemistry system, in an interview for Communication Director magazine by Jan Wisniewski.

The article shares insights on how communication leaders can help their teams work alongside each other and collaborate successfully

While only subscribers to the magazine can access the article , non subscribers can learn more about Business Chemistry here.

Business, Life, and Coffee podcast, “The Four Personality Types That Dominate The C-Suite”

56a8aa9eca44b8450c5cb5bd_loThe Business, Life, and Coffee Podcast hosted by Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart HR, speaks with Kim Christfort, National Managing Director of The Deloitte Greenhouse Experience team.  Kim shares her insights on Deloitte’s newly published research,  Business Chemistry in the C-suite.  They also discuss how Business Chemistry can help forge stronger working relationships and how leaders can accomplish more with diverse teams.  Listen and share your thoughts!

Good Morning America hosts hunch their Business Chemistry types

GMAAre you a Pioneer, Guardian, Driver, or an Integrator? The hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America talk about Business Chemistry’s four different personality types and the research published in Harvard Business Review.  Don’t miss Lara Spencer’s response as they determine which Business Chemistry type best describes their leadership style.

Harvard Business Review Podcast: How Personalities Affect Team Chemistry

rec_glb_ho_1850_loHarvard Business Review has released a new podcast with Deloitte Greenhouse Experience National Managing Director Kim Christfort, who talks about the different personality styles in an organization and the challenges of bringing them together. Deloitte’s Business Chemistry system helps companies better understand personality styles and capitalize on their cognitive diversity. She and Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg coauthored the article, “Pioneers, Drivers, Integrators, and Guardians” in the March-April 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.

Take a Lunch Break with Wall Street Journal Live, “Can a successful executive not be disciplined?”

WSJLiveDeloitte’s new study, Business Chemistry in the C-suite. was featured on Wall Street Journal Live’s Lunch Break.

“What drives the success of C-suite executives? National Managing Director for the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience Kim Christfort reveals the results of a survey of nearly 700 executives that shows while they are similar to many professionals, they are unique in their approach to problems in creative thinking.”

Business Chemistry Featured in Harvard Business Review Spotlight on the New Science of Teamwork

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Every team is a mix of these personality types. Here’s how to get the best out of any combination.

by Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg and Kim Christfort

Published in Harvard Business Review, March/April, 2017

Organizations aren’t getting the performance they need from their teams. That’s the message we hear from many of our clients, who wrestle with complex challenges ranging from strategic planning to change management. But often, the fault doesn’t lie with the team members, our research suggests. Rather, it’s often leaders who fail to effectively tap diverse work styles and perspectives—even at the senior-most levels. Business Chemistry can help.

A first step is to identify the work styles of your team members and begin to consider how similarities and differences are beneficial or problematic. How many detail-oriented Guardians do you have versus big picture Pioneers? What’s the balance of competitive Drivers with consensus-oriented Integrators? How are these diverse styles complementing or conflicting with one another?

Next, it’s time to actively manage those similarities and differences. Read our full article in Harvard Business Review for more detail on these strategies for doing so.

  • Pull your opposites closer. Often, the biggest pain points are in one-on-one relationships, when opposite styles collide. By pulling your opposites closer—having them work together on small projects, and then bigger ones if it’s working out—you can begin to create complementary partnerships on your teams. It’s also important to pull your own opposites closer to you, to balance your tendencies as a leader.
  • Elevate the “tokens” on your team. When a team’s makeup is lopsided, cognitive bias can creep in, often leading to “cascades” or momentum that carries the team in the direction of the most common viewpoint. Your goal here should be to elevate minority perspectives on the team without turning others off. This way you can benefit from all the perspectives represented, not just those in the majority.
  • Pay close attention to your sensitive introverts. While a cascading team may lose out on contributions from any style that’s in the minority, members who are most introverted or sensitive can be at greatest risk of being drowned out. So that you don’t lose out on the unique strengths brought by these types, make an effort to understand how the team’s ways of working are supporting them to make their best contribution, or not.

Dr. Suz

Suzanne Vickberg, PhD (aka Dr. Suz)

Dr. Suz is the Greenhouse Team’s very own social-personality psychologist, which means she studies how people’s thoughts, behaviors and preferences are influenced by both who they are and the situations they’re in. She uses Business Chemistry to help teams explore how the mix of perspectives brought by their individual members influences their work together. Follow her on Twitter @DrSuzBizChem


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New podcast series launched, Confessions. Episode 1: “The Monster that Harmony Made.”

confessions_squareWe are excited to announce our new podcast series, Confessions.  Hosted by Kim Christfort, National Managing Director of the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience, each episode explores true stories of workplace success and failure that all come down to one thing–Business Chemistry.

Learn how Business Chemistry can help you understand your own working style and how it’s similar to or different from others. Listen in as Kim talks with Suzanne Vickberg (Dr. Suz), Lead Researcher for Business Chemistry. Together, they’ll discuss techniques you can use to flex your style, improve your working relationships, and build stronger teams.

promo_monsterthatharmonymade“The monster that harmony made,” is our first episode and explores Betsy’s efforts to guide a team that’s enthusiastic about achieving project success, but whose desire for harmony creates one monstrous roadblock.  Can too many similar working styles hinder success? 

Listen today on your favorite device. 

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HR People + Strategy: “Business Chemistry May Amplify Your Message to Millennials”

hrA new byline by Selena Rezvani reveals that leaders who stereotype Millennials without noting working style differences within the demographic are missing a big opportunity to leverage this group’s strengths to achieve organizational breakthrough.

“As we take known generalized characteristics of each generation and apply them to the workplace, we’re left with a degree of useable information, but in some ways, our insights may be incomplete. That means that HR and talent professionals can be limited to broad simplifications of entire age groups, which doesn’t necessarily translate to breakthrough employee programs or initiatives.”

Get tips on how to use Business Chemistry to engage Millennials by reading the entire article on HR People + Strategy.

What the Media Has to Say about Business Chemistry and Stress

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A couple of weeks ago Deloitte’s Business Chemistry team released our research on Business Chemistry & stress. It’s been really exciting to see it get picked up by the media and to observe which aspects of the research various outlets choose to focus on. People are really interested in this thing called stress. [We knew that. It’s why we’ve been studying it. :-)]

A sampling of the articles out there…

I should add as a proof-point of our own findings that I am a Guardian and a Dreamer, that we made a fair number of “mistakes”–not in the research itself, but in the process of getting it launched out into the world–and as a result I experienced quite a lot of stress along the way!

View our webcast: View our webcast “Stressed at work? It might be your working style”