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.  

 

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.

“Hey, was that a squirrel?”

Mashup The choreography! The tap-your-toe inspirational music! The applause-worthy costume design! The unforgettable performances by the Pioneer, Driver, Guardian, and Integrator!  It’s just another day with Deloitte’s Business Chemistry team. What could your team do when it learns to click, not clash? Watch this awesome video and share it with colleagues!

Note:  Pioneers love exclamation marks!  It’s just so exciting!

 

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!

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 Insiders: Don’t miss Sunday’s big deal!

Good news Business Chemistry fans!  Amazon has added Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships to its Prime Week promotions, which will include a great discount we can’t yet reveal.   The lightning deal starts at 2:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 15, and ends at 8:25 p.m. ET.

If you already own #PracticalMagic, this is a great time to pick up copies for your team, colleagues, and anyone else that could benefit from learning more about the kind of chemistry that fuels workplace success.  (Hint, hint, office Secret Santa!)

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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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.

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?”