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.

Continue reading “The Power of Opposites”

A leader’s job is to get everyone’s best contribution

A leader's job is to get everyone's best contribution

Leaders sometimes ask me whether Business Chemistry is really just about making everyone feel included. While that’s a worthy endeavor in my opinion, Business Chemistry offers so much more, like the potential to make a good leader great.

I think great leadership is about creating environments that both empower and compel people to make their very best contribution. But since not everyone is empowered or compelled by the same environment, the trick is to understand what different people need and to provide them with the right kind of space to excel. For those leaders who aren’t sure where to start, Business Chemistry can help!

Continue reading “A leader’s job is to get everyone’s best contribution”

Pioneers vs. Guardians: The Right Balance for Problem Solving?

Pioneers vs. Guardians: The Right Balance for Problem Solving?

Last time you needed a really creative solution to a thorny problem, where did you go for help? Did you seek out someone who was more imaginative or more pragmatic? Someone more drawn to brainstorming or to structured process? If you chose the imaginative brain-stormer that was a reasonable choice–many think of Pioneers first when they have difficult problems to solve. But next time think about adding a more pragmatic, process-oriented Guardian to the mix. Let me tell you why.

Continue reading “Pioneers vs. Guardians: The Right Balance for Problem Solving?”

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.

Continue reading “Welcome! Let’s Stir Things Up”