Chemistry at Work

You’ve seen those “7-Day Book Challenges” on Facebook, right? The ones where book lovers share seven of their favorite books with no explanations, just the cover? The other day, our friend Marianne shared the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. (No secret here, Marianne’s an Introvert.) Anyway, it got us thinking about couples in business who have really different working styles.  

For example, the lyrics above describe how some people like to work: You do your thing, I’ll do mine. Working alone is the most natural thing for some people, while others thrive on group brainstorming. Some people like to get down to brass tacks, while others like to warm up with small talk. Some focus on big picture concepts, while others start with the details. 

And there are myriad other ways our working styles can be different, from what time of day we’re most productive to how we want to arrange the office space to how many meetings is too many. 

Of course, a partnership necessitates that there be some amount of coordination and interaction, even if you’re a person who’d rather be left alone. Sometimes we have to shift a little from what we do naturally to what will serve the business and our relationship best.  

So you might have great chemistry as a couple, but that doesn’t automatically translate to great chemistry as business partners, or great chemistry at the office. It’s something you’ve got to talk about and consciously work on.

This Week:  What are your different work habits, preferences and quirks? Where can you do your own thing? Where do you need to accommodate? 

Well every time that I come home nobody wants to let me be

It seems that all the friends I got just got to come interrogate me

Well, I appreciate your feelings and I don’t want to pass you by

But I don’t ask you about your business, don’t ask me about mine

— Lynyrd Skynrd

Sometimes it takes a little work to concoct great chemistry.

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