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

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.

 

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!

Pre-order the new book from Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships

CoverEver wonder what it is that makes two people click or clash? Or why some groups excel while others fumble? Or how you, as a leader, can make or break team potential? Business Chemistry has the answers.

In their new book, Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships, authors Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg share the lessons they’ve learned—and the stories they’ve collected—through years of practical, hands-on experience and research. They explore team building, cognitive diversity, and the ways in which creating a positive, inclusive office environment can empower people to do their very best work and reach their full potential.New_CTA_Component

 

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.

Are you too connected? Five Simple Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

E02KDK_loAs summer comes to a close and families prepare for back-to-school, making work and life balance—while juggling job expectations and career aspirations, helping with homework or school projects, and attending extracurricular activities—can be a challenge. The growing role of technology in our daily lives can add to this struggle, as expectations for employees to always be connected can further blur the lines between work time and personal time.

In a new article published in HR People and Strategy, “5 Simple Ways to Help Your Team (and Self) Achieve Better Work-Life Balance,”  Kim Christfort, national managing director of the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience, says that many business leaders and workers fail to understand that 24-hour connectivity isn’t the best thing for well-being or productivity. Studies show that overworking employees can lead to decreased productivity, and even health issues.

Christfort provides five tips to carve out time for yourself and your family despite a demanding schedule, which may help those Business Chemistry types more prone to experience stress.