Are you a Pioneer, Guardian, Driver, or an Integrator? The hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America talk about Business Chemistry’s four different personality types and the research published in Harvard Business Review. Don’t miss Lara Spencer’s response as they determine which Business Chemistry type best describes their leadership style.
Harvard Business Review has released a new podcast with Deloitte Greenhouse Experience National Managing Director Kim Christfort, who talks about the different personality styles in an organization and the challenges of bringing them together. Deloitte’s Business Chemistry system helps companies better understand personality styles and capitalize on their cognitive diversity. She and Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg coauthored the article, “Pioneers, Drivers, Integrators, and Guardians” in the March-April 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
More than 1,000 people joined our live webcast about the findings from the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience’s new study, Business Chemistry in the C-suite. A replay of the webcast is now available on demand.
Kim Christfort, the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience National Managing Director and one of the original architects of Business Chemistry, and Suzanne Vickberg, social-personality psychologist and Business Chemistry’s lead researcher, provided insights for current and aspiring leaders, as well as those who work with them. Topics included the following:
- Results of our study and findings related to function, organization size, industry, and gender
- Insights about the traits that uniquely characterize C-suite executives
- Tips that aspiring executives can consider in their own career paths
- Strategies for leaders and those who work with them to use their understanding of various working styles to manage and benefit from diversity
“What drives the success of C-suite executives? National Managing Director for the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience Kim Christfort reveals the results of a survey of nearly 700 executives that shows while they are similar to many professionals, they are unique in their approach to problems in creative thinking.”
New survey finds C-suite has key differences from general business population
The latest Business Chemistry® research surveyed 661 C-suite executives to learn more about their working styles, the impact of organizational and demographic factors on common characteristics, and the unique traits that set CxOs apart from the typical professional. These findings can help inform current executives on team building, inspire aspirational professionals in shaping their career priorities, and build a better understanding of CxO preferences for anyone who works with them. Read the full report and watch the video to learn more about the findings.
Listen to a replay of our webcast to learn more about the insights from this new research. In this webcast, we:
- Explore the results of our study and highlight findings related to function, organization size, industry, and gender
- Share insights about the traits that uniquely characterize C-suite executives
- Provide tips that aspiring next-generation executives can consider in their own career paths
- Suggest strategies for leaders (and those who work with them) to use their understanding of various working styles to manage and benefit from diversity
From the Daily Mail’s article: When it comes to work, do you like to jump into a project and see what happens, or do you prefer to take a more measured approach? How you work can define your work personality, according to a new Deloitte-published study on the science of Business Chemistry.
Every team is a mix of these personality types. Here’s how to get the best out of any combination.
Organizations aren’t getting the performance they need from their teams. That’s the message we hear from many of our clients, who wrestle with complex challenges ranging from strategic planning to change management. But often, the fault doesn’t lie with the team members, our research suggests. Rather, it’s often leaders who fail to effectively tap diverse work styles and perspectives—even at the senior-most levels. Business Chemistry can help.
A first step is to identify the work styles of your team members and begin to consider how similarities and differences are beneficial or problematic. How many detail-oriented Guardians do you have versus big picture Pioneers? What’s the balance of competitive Drivers with consensus-oriented Integrators? How are these diverse styles complementing or conflicting with one another?
Next, it’s time to actively manage those similarities and differences. Read our full article in Harvard Business Review for more detail on these strategies for doing so.
- Pull your opposites closer. Often, the biggest pain points are in one-on-one relationships, when opposite styles collide. By pulling your opposites closer—having them work together on small projects, and then bigger ones if it’s working out—you can begin to create complementary partnerships on your teams. It’s also important to pull your own opposites closer to you, to balance your tendencies as a leader.
- Elevate the “tokens” on your team. When a team’s makeup is lopsided, cognitive bias can creep in, often leading to “cascades” or momentum that carries the team in the direction of the most common viewpoint. Your goal here should be to elevate minority perspectives on the team without turning others off. This way you can benefit from all the perspectives represented, not just those in the majority.
- Pay close attention to your sensitive introverts. While a cascading team may lose out on contributions from any style that’s in the minority, members who are most introverted or sensitive can be at greatest risk of being drowned out. So that you don’t lose out on the unique strengths brought by these types, make an effort to understand how the team’s ways of working are supporting them to make their best contribution, or not.
Dr. Suz is the Greenhouse Team’s very own social-personality psychologist, which means she studies how people’s thoughts, behaviors and preferences are influenced by both who they are and the situations they’re in. She uses Business Chemistry to help teams explore how the mix of perspectives brought by their individual members influences their work together. Follow her on Twitter @DrSuzBizChem
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With the arrival of 2017, we’ve been spending time sizing up some of the many important developments, issues and trends in the workplace. And let us tell you: from tools, to employee experience, to team dynamics, workplace habits are a-changing. Teams are on the rise, the next generation of leaders are reshaping their work environments as I write, and the employer-employee contract continues to actively evolve.
Our analysis included published research findings, our own experience consulting to client companies, and ongoing monitoring of corporate commitments and published policies….With a bit of clairvoyance mixed in!
Color us *unsurprised* that Business Chemistry’s value had rarely been clearer. Continue reading “Six Workplace Trends to Watch in 2017”
This week’s Business Chemistry Data Bite explores how working styles differ between the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations. Share it with your colleagues and social networks to start conversations about how different generations can leverage each other’s differences to build stronger teams.
In the next episode of our Business Chemistry Confessions Podcast Series, “My Boss the Robot,” we explore one professional’s experience with her new boss and the mismatch between their working styles. The disconnects in day-to-day operations at her new job and brought her just days away from leaving the company. But, a communication breakthrough leads to better understanding.
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