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Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships
A new book that can help you create the kind of chemistry that fuels workplace success
In their new book, 'Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships,' authors Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg share the lessons they’ve learned—and the stories they’ve collected—through years of practical, hands-on experience in the study of team building, cognitive diversity, and the ways in which creating a positive, inclusive office environment can empower people to do their very best work and reach their full potential.
Proof that business and humor are a potent mix, Business Chemistry is an entertaining read with serious insights. It is the most useful tool I have seen to drive real and meaningful conversations about individual differences across contexts — from the classroom, to the board room, to the living room.
– Jennifer Aaker, Author of The Dragonfly Effect and General Atlantic Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
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The book that can help raise your own level of performance, enhance customer engagement, or become a more effective leader
This book is powerful because it takes a fresh approach to an age-old topic. It is purpose-built for business to be practical and sticky, distilling an often murky subject down to the essence of what really matters for people in a work environment.
Build empathy and stronger relationships
Imagine you had a more in-depth understanding of yourself and why you thrive in some work environments and flounder in others. Suppose you had a clearer view of what to do about it so that you could always perform at your best. Business Chemistry can help change your interactions with others by actively cultivating diversity allowing for appreciation and leveraging of the multi-dimensionality of your team.
Business Chemistry provides a straightforward and powerful approach to cultivating strengths and leveraging differences among team members. A refreshing blend of practical tips, entertaining anecdotes, and provocative questions, this is a must-read for any organization interested in building healthy, high-performing teams.
- Elizabeth Bryant, Vice President Southwest Airlines University
Manage and motivate different types of people
Imagine you had more insight into what makes people tick and what ticks them off, how some interactions unlock potential while others shut people down. Suppose you could gain people’s trust, influence them, motivate them, and get the very most out of your work relationships. Business Chemistry can help enable the recognition, valuation, cultivation, and integration of each working style to create an overall environment were all can thrive.
I was surprised by how quickly this book shed light on the dynamics I’ve encountered throughout my career. Whether you're leading a strategic transformation, developing future leaders, or working to earn the trust of your board, understanding others' perspectives is critical. Business Chemistry provides a shortcut to understanding what people want and need to get the best out of themselves and their teams.
- Charles Holley, Retired Chief Financial Officer of Walmart
Activate the power of diversity and lead teams to success
Imagine you knew how to create a work environment where all types of people excel, even if they have conflicting perspectives, preferences, and needs. Suppose you could activate the potential benefits of diversity on your teams and in your organizations, improving collaboration to achieve the group’s collective potential. Business Chemistry can help dramatically increase group effectiveness by tapping into complementary strengths and can create environments that both empower and compel people to make their very best contribution.
The most effective leaders remain coachable throughout their careers. If you’re seeking a leadership edge, start with Business Chemistry. Kim and Suzanne will give you tools to improve your connections with people from all walks of life, appropriately consider others’ perspectives, and create team environments where individual differences become a collective strength. I haven’t met a single leader, in the corporate or sports arena, who wouldn’t benefit from understanding Business Chemistry.
- Byron Spruell, President of Operations, National Basketball Association
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