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?”

 

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

“Different perspectives may bring in some healthy conflict” –New article in AB magazine

CxO_Image_350X350A new article featuring Business Chemistry has been published in the July/August issue of  Accounting and Business magazine.  The article features Kim Christfort, national managing director of the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience, and Karen Brown, Deloitte Greenhouse and client experience lead in Southeast Asia.  Christfort and Brown share perspectives for the board of directors from the CXO Study and how business teams can achieve more by embracing team diversity.

‘The most important thing is to recognize that other people are most likely not just like you, and to start listening and watching for the clues that will tell you what “working-style language” they’re speaking. And once you do, you can then figure out the best ways, to give each of these styles a voice so that you can reap the benefits of diversity,” said Kim Christfort.