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.

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!

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

Flexing can help you click with opposing work styles

With different personalities in every office, how do you get co-workers to co-exist? A new book, “Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationship ” finds there are four distinct personality types and working styles. CNBC’s “On the Money” talked with author Suzanne Vickberg about how can everyone get along and get more work done?

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Making a New City Your Home

Happy friends discussing at table in restaurantAn article from The New York Times features insights on fitting into a new town where nobody knows your name–yet.

If you are a recent college graduate or moving for a new role, your job can provide a support system in establishing new connections.

In the article, Kim Christfort, National Managing Director of the Deloitte Greenhouse, provides insights on adapting to new teams and cultivating friendships. “To the extent that you can connect with people and have some sort of relationship, it makes it easier to do your job,” Christfort said.

Click here to get tips on turning an unfamiliar place into one you can call home.

SF Review of Books reviews Practical Magic. Now, it’s your turn.

CoverSan Francisco Review of Books has released its review of Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships. 

For good relationships to become great collaborations, those involved must develop precisely the same chemistry on which Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg focus in this book,” writes Robert Morris, who has reviewed more than 3,400 books.

Have you read Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships?  Share your own review on Amazon.com or other book sites and let us know your thoughts.

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!)