Fast Company: The 5 Types of Coworkers Who Can Make Your Work Life Infinitely Better

Fast Company recently published an article quoting Deloitte’s Leadership Center for Client’s National Director, Kim Christfort, who shared her insights about two of the four Deloitte Business Chemistry working styles and how to leverage these types to help you achieve success–Pioneers and Integrators.

Pioneers are great for helping teams brainstorm.  “If you need to change the lens on the way you are looking at something and trying something completely new, they’re the ones who love blue-sky innovation,” says Kim Christfort, national director of Deloitte’s Leadership Center for Clients.

Meanwhile, if you need a team player, who can build consensus or motivate a team, the integrator also adds great value.  “Integrators like to make connections and have a strong sense of empathy and nuance, so they’re good at reading people and understanding their needs. This is the person you want building and motivating your team.”

Read the article, “The 5 Types of Coworkers Who Can Make Your Life Infinitely Better,” by Gwen Moran, Fast Company and then let us know how the different types can help you achieve successful outcomes. 

The Power of Opposites

The Power of Opposites

If given the choice, would you work with someone who’s similar to you and shares your views? Or would you choose someone who’s quite dissimilar, and has a different perspective?

Research suggests that we make better decisions in diverse groups than in homogeneous ones, but that we feel less confident in those decisions1. Why? Maybe because making decisions with people similar to us feels easy; if we’re all on the same page from the start it must be the right page, mustn’t it? The overconfidence that we’re prone to individually, gets multiplied in homogeneous groups.

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Not Just Child’s Play: Learning Chemistry From Kindergarteners

Kim Christfort, leader of Deloitte’s Leadership Center for Clients and the US Greenhouses, has written an article that explores how Business Chemistry types can pair with one another in ways that make difference an advantage rather than a disadvantage.

She writes, “When I work with executives in our Leadership Center for Clients, I hear them talk about opposites, largely in reference to other executives. Idealistic vs. skeptical. Data-driven vs. intuitive. And my favorite: reasonable vs. unreasonable. That last one in particular captures my attention because it isn’t just an observation; it’s an interpretation. And that’s where things can get interesting.”

Read her entire article about using differences to your advantage published in Workforce.  You can also follow Kim on Twitter @Christfort.


Kim Christfort heads Deloitte’s Leadership Center for Clients Group (LCC), which helps executives tackle tough business challenges through immersive, facilitated Lab experiences and client experience IP such as Business Chemistry. As part of this role, Kim leads US Deloitte Greenhouses, permanent spaces designed to promote exploration and problem solving away from business as usual.

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Smarter decision-making with Business Chemistry

Morris Jones of ABC News WJLA-TV Government Matters recently interviewed Saagar Thakkar, leader of Deloitte’s Washington D.C. Greenhouse.  Saagar discussed the breakthough innovation that is happening at Deloitte’s Leadership Center for Clients and he highlighted Business Chemistry and the science of decision making.

He explained “At Deloitte we’re focused on three kinds of breakthroughs for our clients: Individual Breakthroughs, Team Breakthroughs, and Marketplace Breakthroughs.”

Watch the interview and hear how Deloitte is helping  private sector organizations and government agencies harness the power of Big Data and turn it into insight.


This publication contains general information only, and none of the member firms of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, its member firms, or their related entities (collective, the “Deloitte Network”) is, by means of this publication, rendering professional advice or services. Before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your business, you should consult a qualified professional adviser. No entity in the Deloitte Network shall be responsible for any loss whatsoever sustained by any person who relies on this publication.
As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte Consulting LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

Welcome! Let’s Stir Things Up

Time For Something NEW!

Welcome to the Business Chemistry Blog, a place to explore leadership, teams, and how relationships fuel our work. The launch of this blog coincides with the 5-year birthday of Business Chemistry, which I’ll describe in more detail below. To begin with, I’ll be writing from my vantage point within Deloitte’s Greenhouse Experience Team—I have so many questions to explore here—but other voices will join in along the way and you’ll have the opportunity to engage with more members of our team.

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