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Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships

The book that can help you create powerful business relationships that fuel workplace success

In this top-selling 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.

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This book helps executives deal with business challenges through immersive laboratory-style experiences—is "built for business" and "purposely designed to be practical and sticky, distilling and often murky subject down to the essence of what really matters for people in a work environment.

-Roger Trapp, Forbes Contributor-Strategy

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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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What type of work environments kill your potential?

Example usage: "I've been through hell"; Synonyms: a misery, torture, agony, a torment, a nightmare, an ordeal;

Do you love the details or detest them? Are you a free thinker or would you prefer more structure? Do you prefer working with the broader team or are you focused on individual contributions? We all have differences and preferences. Understanding more about these can help everyone learn how to work better together. This is why we devoted four chapters in our book to talk about how we kill the potentials of others when we think everyone’s working styles are the same.  So, let’s talk about those work environments that keep us (and others) from thriving.  Share your thoughts on social media, #workhell.

Pioneers in hell and how to stop killing their potential

Constraint is a Pioneer’s hell.  Imagine a work environment that requires a focus on very detailed tasks. An environment with a lot of structure, strict regulations, stringent rules, and complex processes. Where there is a RIGHT way to do everything and breaking or even bending the rules is a major offense. Where creativity is neither valued nor rewarded.

Check the #PioneerHell hashtag for other Pioneers' thoughts.

 

LET’S JUST WALK THROUGH THE TEMPLATE, SHALL WE?” AND THEY DID.  LINE BY LINE. CELL. BY. CELL.

 

Pioneer hell

Integrators in hell and how to stop killing their potential

The Integrator's hell is isolation. It is a work environment where there isn't time or support for getting to know people on a personal level, or really at all. Where there are few opportunities for collaboration and little consideration for social niceties. Where people are critical rather than supportive. Where winning is elevated above everything, including people.

Check the #IntegratorHell hashtag for other Integrators' thoughts.

HE FELT HIS BOSS  WASN’T INTERESTED IN HIM AS A PERSON OR EVEN REALLY AS AN EMPLOYEE.

 

Integrator hell

Guardians in hell and how to stop killing their potential


The Guardian’s hell is chaos. It a work environment where roles and expectations are unclear. Where lots of people work together at a frenetic pace. Where there is nowhere quiet to focus or be alone. Where things often change direction unexpectedly. Where answers must be given NOW, with no time to prepare, and there is no opportunity to conduct due diligence or develop expertise.

Check the #GuardianHell hashtag for other Guardians' thoughts.

IT KILLED HER THAT THEY’D TALK AND TALK TO THE BRINK OF A DECISION BUT NEVER ACTUALLY MAKE ONE

 

Guardian hell

Drivers in hell and how to stop killing their potential

The Driver’s hell is obstruction. A work environment where there are lots of impediments to making progress on goals, and there are no relevant metrics or mechanisms for measuring progress. Where people talk excessively, but don't say what they really mean and don't ever get around to making decisions. Where making sure everyone feels good about everything all the time seems more important than getting something done.

Check out the #DriverHell hashtag for other Drivers' thoughts.

THE WHOLE THING WAS TOTALLY OPEN-ENDED, WITH NO STRUCTURE OR PLAN.

Driver hell

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