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How diverse is your team?
Use Business Chemistry for valuable insight!
First let’s start by asking yourself a question; how inclusive am I? Now you have answered for yourself, take a moment to reflect on the diversity in your team. How diverse is your team?
At Deloitte in The Netherlands the beginning of March 2019 marks Diversity & Inclusion week. And, admittedly this is an internal focused matter, there are also topics that come into place when working with teams and even with our clients.
Now let’s be honest when it comes to diversity; in business there are other elements than gender, age, sexual orientation, cultural background etc. that describe how different you and people in your team are. All these differences together form the chemistry of a team, the Business Chemistry.
What it is? Business Chemistry is a powerful research-based analytical, yet practical, tool designed specifically to reveal insights on individual and team behaviour. It provides an understanding of yourself and others through four behavioural patterns of preference, underpinned by analytical technology.
These four behavioural patterns we place on the scale of Business Chemistry as Pioneer, Guardian, Driver and Integrator. That’s how easy it is. But there’s more.
It may come as no surprise that when it comes to work, you tend to look for people who are somewhat of the similar type as you are. Why is that? Perhaps because you tend to understand each other better, quicker and need a mere half word or even a blink of an eye to know what the other thinks. But what if you work with a client or colleague who’s completely opposite of what you are? Or think about a new challenge when you continue your career in a new team or even with a new employer where you have no professional experience yet with the team members. In this case it can help to know how and how not to engage with certain types of people.
Together with your team the outcome of Business Chemistry provides valuable insight in order to work even better together in a diverse team. And communicate in a manner that improves the professional relation.
There are already wonderful examples of how to incorporate Business Chemistry either for a stronger relation with a long-time client or when new teams or new work-relations need to be discovered. Ultimately teams should complement each other and suit the overall purpose for success!