Why you shouldn’t hire people based on “fit”

Christfort_0510Final_CroppedWould you enjoy being stuck in an airport with Kim Christfort, National Managing Director of the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience? If after chatting with her–or anyone else–for half an hour you don’t think so, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t choose them to be on your team. This screening technique is commonly known as the airport test, and the basic assumption behind it may be flawed. Kim has another suggestion.  Find out more in this LinkedIn article.  (And, don’t be shy–share it with others!)

Ever wonder why you have great chemistry with some colleagues and butt heads with others?

 

There often seems to be one co-worker you clash with, right? Ever wonder why you have great chemistry with some colleagues and butt heads with others?  Read the new article from Fast Company’s Stephanie Vozza, who talks to Kim Christfort, coauthor of Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships.

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Forbes asks, “How can leaders use Business Chemistry to get the most out of people?”

Kathy-Caprino_avatar_1515782327-400x400As part of Forbes’ Supporting Today’s Workforce series, Career Bliss Contributor, Kathy Caprino, interviewed Business Chemistry’s co-authors Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg about how leaders can use Business Chemistry to get the most out of their teams.

“A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work well on a team with a mix of types, as each type has different preferences in the workplace and different kinds of interactions or situations that can kill their potential or unlock it,” says Kim Christfort, National Managing Director of the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience.

Suzanne Vickberg, Business Chemistry’s lead researcher, said leaders can benefit when they have a mix of working types on their team.  “You wouldn’t want a team that was all about creative ideas with no focus on implementing those ideas. Or one that was just gunning for the big win with no attention paid to the people involved in getting there.”

Read Kathy’s entire interview to learn more about how leaders can build more dynamic teams, “The Four Key Working Styles that Create Business Chemistry–Which is Yours?”

 

Are you ready to beat burnout? Biz Chem’s lead researcher offers insights

Suzanne Vickberg 2018 E WebIf you’re feeling stressed too often, maybe it’s time to consider whether you’re in an environment where you thrive?  If not, how can you find one?

Thrive Global has published a new article with Business Chemistry lead researcher, Dr. Suzanne Vickberg, “Essential Questions to Ask When You’re Stressed, Based on Your Working Style.”

“Our research with more than 40,000 individuals has shown that the four Business Chemistry types experience stress differently. Guardians, who value stability, feel stressed more often than their opposite type, Pioneers, who value possibilities. Integrators, who value connections, are more stressed than their opposite, Drivers, who value challenge. We’ve also found that the types use different methods for coping with stress,” writes Vickberg.

“We experience stress when we perceive a threat to something we care about. And because we don’t always differentiate between big threats and little threats, many of us walk around in a state of heightened stress much of the time,” she said.

Read her new byline and learn more about the key questions that may help you better navigate your next stressful situation.  New_CTA_Component

Business Chemistry wins SABRE Award

This week, The Holmes Report held their SABRE awards ceremony in New York City where Deloitte won the 2018 Gold SABRE award in the Professional Services category for its work performed surrounding Business Chemistry. The nomination titled, “Using Science to Improve the Art of Relationships: Bringing Business Chemistry to Life,” highlighted a variety of elements we have shared through this blog and other channels.  Thank you to all of our subscribers and supporters, who have helped us tell the Business Chemistry story and make an impact.

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Engaging Gen Y: 5 tips for CMOs to get the most from millennial talent

Cover ImageThe Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today section has published a new article based on our recent research, “Business Chemistry Reveals the Millennial Mindset.”  In that article they point to five tips that CMOs and other business leaders can use to engage the millennial generation.

“Millennials, the cohort commonly referred to as Generation Me, are most likely to identify with methodical, risk-averse Guardians than with any other type. Given millennials’ reputations for “thinking big” about their career aspirations and impact, this may seem counterintuitive. One possible explanation may be that, early in their careers, millennials were often relied upon—and rewarded for—their attention to detail and ability to follow a structured, methodical approach.”

“Understanding millennials’ work style types is one way that CMOs can engage millennial workers and help strengthen their commitment. In addition, CMOs and other business leaders can consider the following measures to make the most of millennial talent.”

Read the 5 tips for CMOs in today’s article.

CIOs can forge stronger working relationships, tap into team strengths, and help their organizations thrive

wsj_header2-870x276Leading in business today often means moving at a brisk pace, embracing a significant level of risk, and making decisions quickly. It can also require a certain level of adaptability and agility to navigate in uncertain times. Which behavioral types thrive in this kind of environment, and how can CIOs work with other types in the C-suite to drive success for their organizations?  Read the article in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Corner.