Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships

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Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships

By Kim Christfort, MBA ’01
John Wiley & Sons Inc., May 22, 2018

Have you ever struggled to communicate with someone who spoke a different language? Did you perhaps end up raising your voice, hoping to make yourself understood? Chances are it didn’t help get your point across. It’s the same with working styles. When faced with someone who’s different, turning up the volume on what’s most comfortable for you won’t get you very far. Worse, if you’re dealing with a whole team of people, the problems with that approach are amplified. Business Chemistry®: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships offers a better way.

Drawing upon extensive research and thousands of interactions with executives in the Deloitte Greenhouse, Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg show you how to create the kind of chemistry that fuels success by engaging with others on their own terms. They explore how to simultaneously meet the needs of distinct working styles in order to harness the power of diverse perspectives. And they share learnings from leaders and their teams across industries and all over the world who have put business chemistry to work for themselves. Now you can do the same.

A refreshing departure from the typical business read, Business Chemistry is full of colorful descriptions, evocative stories, intriguing data, and practical strategies. It offers concrete guidance on bringing out the best in people with varied strengths who excel in different contexts — pioneers who value possibilities and spark energy and imagination, guardians who value stability and bring order and rigor, drivers who value challenge and generate momentum, and integrators who value connection and draw teams together.

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