Posted: 27 Feb. 2020 5 min. read

About the Business Chemistry blog

Welcome to the Business Chemistry Blog, a place to explore leadership, teams, and how relationships fuel our work.

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes two people click or clash? Or why some groups excel while others fumble? Or how a leader can make or break a team? These kinds of questions are the focus of this blog.

Imagine you had a more in-depth understanding of yourself and why you thrive in some work environments and flounder in others. Or, suppose you had more insight into what makes people tick and what ticks them off, and how some interactions unlock potential while others kill it. Envision creating a work environment where all types of people excel, even if they have conflicting perspectives, preferences, and needs. If any of that sounds good to you, you’ve come to the right place.

For more than 10 years now, we at Deloitte have been using Business Chemistry to help people develop more empathy and a deeper understanding of others. By engaging diverse working styles and perspectives, we’re creating relationships, team environments, and organizational cultures that enrich our experiences at work while elevating individual and collective performance.

As the primary author of the blog, I write from my vantage point as the lead researcher within Deloitte's Greenhouse Experience® team. I'm a social-personality psychologist, which means I study how people's thoughts, behaviors, and preferences are influenced by both who they are and the situations they're in. Like many psychologists, I started down this path with a somewhat vague notion of wanting to help people. Along the way, I became fascinated by questions about why people act the way they do, and, in particular, what makes some people so different from me.

I consider myself spectacularly lucky to have a career focused on exploring the questions that so interest me. What’s even better is the discussions I get to have with others who are interested in these issues too. You can meet some of those people here, as I invite my colleagues to lend their voices to the conversation. Together, I hope we’ll pique your interest in Business Chemistry and what it might do for you!

 

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Suzanne Vickberg (aka Dr. Suz)

Suzanne Vickberg (aka Dr. Suz)

Research Lead | Deloitte LLP

Dr. Suz is a social-personality psychologist and a leading practitioner of Deloitte’s Business Chemistry, which she uses to guide clients as they explore how their work is shaped by the mix of individ