Using data to improve the art of relationships
Designed for use in a business context, Business Chemistry® draws upon analytics technologies to reveal four unique patterns of behaviour. The system provides insights about individuals and teams based on observable traits and preferences, with the goal of developing openness and collaboration to drive individual and team performance.
Why Business Chemistry?
Relationships in the workplace are critical for efficiency, productivity, and long-term success, but what happens when these relationships are failing to reach their potential? In today’s constantly changing business environment and with increasingly diverse workforces, high quality relationships can be difficult to achieve. Business Chemistry offers easily-digestible insights which can be applied to real-life situations, to improve the quality of team effectiveness through better understanding and collaboration and achieve company objectives.
Business Chemistry insights provide valuable teaming support throughout the business life-cycle, during key events such as new business unit formation, merging of operations and teams, and changes in leadership, or as part of a team building day to help collaborate more effectively across group function silos.
Business Chemistry provides:
- a practical and actionable tool with a common language to explore behavioural styles in the workplace
- unique insight into a team’s composition and characteristics
- a greater understanding of self and others for collaborative and efficient teaming
- a guide for benchmarking individuals against a global business community
- more meaningful relationships and honest conversations between team members and stakeholders
- greater trust between team members and departments to help achieve common goals
The four patterns of behaviour
The Four Types
Deloitte developed the Business Chemistry® to help provide insights about individuals and teams based on observable traits and preferences. Business Chemistry reveals four scientifically based patterns of behaviour. The four primary Business Chemistry types are:
- Pioneers seek possibilities. They spark energy and imagination.
- Drivers seek challenge. They generate momentum.
- Guardians seek stability. They bring order and rigor.
- Integrators seek connection. They bring teams together.
The value of Business Chemistry is in using it to harness the diversity of styles within a team that bring unique strengths, perspectives, and distinct approaches to generating ideas, solving problems and making decisions. Business Chemistry provides essential tools to harness the diversity of different working styles within teams to increase collaboration, effectiveness, and accomplish shared goals.
In the press
Harvard Business Review - Pioneers, Drivers, Integrators, and Guardians
As a member of the Departmental Board, my focus on working to meet our overall strategic goals, meant I could see how the tool & coaching could be used to build even better collaboration across functions. Having completed Business Chemistry, I would certainly say my team are more considered in their approaches and behaviours, ensuring inclusivity. We are working better together, including with stakeholders, in meeting our organisational goals. I’ve taken part in three Business Chemistry workshops, and every time I learn something worthwhile.”
Mike Driver - Chief Financial Officer, Senior Leadership team, Ministry of Justice (Public Sector)
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 colourful 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.
Whether your goal is to raise your own level of performance, enhance customer engagement, or become a more effective leader, this resource provides what you need to build empathy and stronger relationships, manage and motivate different types of people, and activate the power of diversity in order to lead teams to success.
Business Chemistry history
Deloitte teamed with scientists from the fields of neuro-anthropology and genetics to develop a system that leverages modern computational techniques to bring a data-driven approach to observing and understanding differences in people’s business styles. The resulting system is easy to remember, but with a sophisticated underpinning that highlights statistically relevant behavioural cues in a business environment.
Business Chemistry Blog
Read our blog to find out how the Business Chemistry types respond differently to stress in the workplace, which unique traits set CxOs apart from the typical professional, and why Guardians are so risk averse.
Practical magic: The power of chemistry
The power of chemistry is an audio reading of a chapter from the book Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Relationships. Deloitte created Business Chemistry as a practical tool to harness the power of diverse teams in the workplace, and increase personal and collective performance.