Is your board of directors ready to enlist a Motley Crew?

06Motley Crew Poster.jpgAs your board considers its own succession planning, or the next time your board embarks on any kind of change, don’t just look to the usual suspects.

Successful leaders recognize the power that diversity of perspective offers. When people with different ways of thinking and working come together, there’s great potential for more creative problem solving, sounder decision making, and stronger performance — all enviable outcomes.  But, what impact does could this have on the Board of Directors?  Read the entire Wall Street Journal to find out why they may benefit.

The link between empathy and leadership performance

Christfort_0510Final_CroppedWhat is the link between empathy and leadership performance?  Find out in a new and interesting podcast from “Getting to Yes, And” hosted by Kelly Leonard, Executive Director, Insights + Applied Improvisation at The Second City Works.

Kelly is the co-author of “Yes, And,” a book that explores the power of improvisation to transform businesses and individuals.  In this episode, Kelly sits down with Kim Christfort, co-author of the book, “Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships,” to discuss the magic and science to crafting powerful work relationships.

The Second City “has produced some of the most unforgettable influential comedians of the last sixty years. Its pioneering methods inspire the mindsets and behaviors that lead to rapid innovation and incomparable content. Second City Works uses those same methods to create programs that drive personal growth and organizational improvement.”

Don’t miss this podcast from WGN Radio.  #TuesdayThoughts #TuesdayMotivation

 

Dr. Suz introduces Business Chemistry next week to the Crossroads of America

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Suzanne Vickberg 2018 E WebAre you headed to the Indiana Conference for Women next week?  Us, too!  Dr. Suzanne Vickberg, Business Chemistry’s Lead Researcher, is scheduled to speak on Nov. 8 at one of the largest one-day events for professional and entrepreneurial women in the Midwest.  Come join us at this exciting conference!

Suzanne will introduce the power of Business Chemistry during this educational and inspirational women’s conference, which seeks to build a strong ecosystem to help women build careers, create companies, and experience lives that are rewarding, healthy and fulfilling. The Founders believe (and research shows) that environments that foster the growth and development of women lead to healthier and more resilient communities and stronger economic growth.

To support the goal of personal growth and development, Dr. Suz will lead participants through an interactive and engaging experience that will help them learn about what  makes some teams excel, while others fumble.  She’ll introduce techniques that help teams thrive, tips for leaders that will motivate individuals, and insights that can help you build powerful work relationships.  It will be an engaging and fun learning event you don’t want to miss.

We hope to see you in the Crossroads of America!

 

 

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.

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

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“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.

 

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!)

Your complete guide to follow the #PracticalMagic authors #FollowFriday

Want to share your thoughts with our authors about their new book, “Business Chemistry:  Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships?”  Here’s your complete guide on keeping up with Kim Christfort, The Deloitte Greenhouse Experience US Leader; and Suzanne Vickberg, lead researcher for Business Chemistry.  Don’t be shy!