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How Emergenetics® Associates Can Enhance Collaboration

Emergenetics Associates

High-performing teams are an asset to their companies and their members. After all, it’s much more engaging to be part of a successful, united, and dynamic group than a ho-hum one!

With the increase in remote and distributed workforces, effective collaboration may feel a bit more elusive than in the past as distance can introduce more siloes and disconnection. However, you can still create the conditions for high productivity by helping staff to appreciate the strengths of their colleagues, respect one another’s work preferences and utilize cognitive diversity to drive results.

Four Resources to Improve Collaboration for Geographically Dispersed Teams

As an Emergenetics® Associate, you have a number of tools at your disposal to empower employees with the knowledge and practical strategies to work effectively with their colleagues. To boost collaboration, I invite you to:

  • Promote Understanding
  • Explore Team Preferences
  • Identify Individual Influence
  • Recognize Cognitive Diversity

1. Promote Understanding

Successful teams typically have a foundation of trust. You can help individuals build confidence in one another by advancing their understanding of how colleagues prefer to work, finding common ground, and celebrating the brilliance that comes from differences.

Try using one of our introductory workshops (Meeting of the Minds or Team Dynamics for Small Groups) to encourage staff to learn about each other, value one another’s innate gifts, and recognize the role of cognitive diversity in enhancing outcomes.

Even if employees have already experienced a Meeting of the Minds, you can use Team Dynamics for Small Groups to dive into attendees’ individual Emergenetics Profiles. By taking time to explain the tendencies of their coworkers, you can help participants to:

  • Recognize how their colleagues prefer to interact and complete tasks
  • Discover individual strengths and their impact on collaboration
  • Identify strategies to improve communication and problem solving

2. Explore Team Preferences

When groups are self-aware, they are better able to utilize their brilliance and navigate potential blind spots. To reinforce self-understanding, share the team’s Group Profile Report available in Emergenetics+. Using the information in the report, you can:

  • Provide a high-level picture of their collective Thinking and Behavioral preferences
  • Share insights into group strengths and their impact on dynamics
  • Highlight Attributes that may require more energy

The Group Profile Report can illuminate why the team gravitates toward particular work styles. You can use the information to provide insights into how they can use their strengths to achieve goals.

The report can reveal where the team may feel scratchiest. Particularly in small groups, you may find that certain Attributes are in preference for just one or none of the members. Help employees to be aware of these potential blind spots and the impact they may have on work.

3. Identify Individual Influence

In addition to gaining a collective awareness, it’s important for staff to recognize how each individual contributes to the overall dynamics so they can adapt their practices to minimize intent-impact gaps and be more productive. Using the Dot Graph available in Emergenetics+, you can:

  • Offer a visual of the intensity of the team’s preferences for each Emergenetics Attribute
  • Identify group and individual tendencies
  • Create context into how each person’s preferred Attributes impact the collective

Dot graph sample report

When reviewing the Dot Graph, ask individuals to highlight their dots in each Attribute so that colleagues can easily identify commonalities as well as differences with one another. To enhance teamwork, offer strategies to help colleagues at opposite ends of the spectrum bridge gaps by:

  • Connecting on the Emergenetics+ mobile app to get on-demand communication tips
  • Utilizing the Attributes in Action Guides in Emergenetics+ to improve interaction and collaboration

With the overview you provide, staff can reference the Dot Graph and its digital resources to better support the needs and interests of their coworkers.

4. Recognize Cognitive Diversity

Successful teams not only share a common understanding and appreciation for one another’s strengths; but they also tend to be cognitively diverse. Using the WEteam Report available in Emergenetics+, you can help employees to:

  • Visualize each individual’s Emergenetics Profile
  • Identify whether there is a natural foundation of cognitive diversity
  • Recognize Attributes that are not in preference

Emergenetics sample WEteam report

The visual nature of the WEteam Report makes it easy for individuals to quickly assess the diversity of thought present in the group. If you find that a particular Attribute is out of preference or under-represented, provide ideas to consider cognitive diversity including:

  • Inviting another staff member with that preference into the conversation
  • Sharing a blank Emergenetics template as a visual reminder to consider all Attributes
  • Engaging in WEboarding, where each Attribute is listed on a (virtual) whiteboard. As groups brainstorm or problem-solve, they should note considerations for every preference

By bringing awareness to the diversity of thought and offering strategies to bridge gaps, employees can reap the benefits of cognitive diversity through more effective problem-solving, innovation and ideation.

Whether your employees are navigating the ins and outs of remote collaboration or striving to raise their level of performance in the office, Emergenetics’ tools and resources can serve as building blocks to support their success. With ongoing attention to the strengths of staff and a true appreciation for the perspectives of others, you can create a strong foundation for high-performing teams all across your organization.

Interested in becoming an Emergenetics Associate? Learn more about Emergenetics programs

This article is originally published on Emergenetics.

Sudeshna Roy Basu

Co-Founder & CEO

Industry Experience: Held positions in Strategic Finance and Business Finance (F&A) at Intel, Bangalore, and Glaxo SmithKline, Gurgaon; Chartered Accountant from Kolkata Spearheaded the formation and set up of Marg as a training and consulting organization since 2007. Marg team delivers training and consulting in the areas of soft skills, Finance, and MS Office across all levels of management. Her present responsibilities in Marg include formulating and implementing strategic goals and objectives, Marketing, Business Development, Finance, and HR. Currently, Marg Business Transformation is the authorized affiliate of Prosci Inc (world leaders in Change Management) in the Indian subcontinent. Marg provides change management certification, enterprise training, and advisory services in the field of change management. Emergenetics and Human Synergistics are also couples of global offerings which have been added to the portfolio. Under severe competition, cost challenges, economic scenarios, and pandemics she has enabled Marg to get a niche share in the training market in India ably managing a team of highly professional and experienced trainers and a fast-paced business development team. She is also responsible for future market expansion and getting Marg to the trajectory of growth. Her experience in business finance (management accounting ) roles (at Intel and Glaxo SmithKline) was mainly around annual planning of business, product and promotion strategies, ownership of the brand and product PnL, product launches, pricing, leading short-term and long-term revenue/margin analysis by product/brands/customers, establishing controls frame for sales and marketing groups, transitioning finance roles from other geographies to India, driving decisions of greenfield sites which formed the basis of taking up the challenge to start up an organization.

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When am not working, you will find me spending time with my close ones either traveling or watching a movie. I am a yoga freak and do my best to volunteer for various causes whenever I get an opportunity.

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Business Development Manager

Usha comes from a background of business development, sales, and strategic management over 10+ years. Starting out her career in the insurance space, Usha progressed towards business development in the B2B events space and has handled projects across India, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Kenya, South Africa, and the APAC region.

With us for over a year, she now aims to make an impact in the corporate development space, changing the way organizations function through handling our flagship Prosci Change Management. In her own words, she says “Working with Marg has been a fantastic and pleasant experience, were

management doesn’t hesitate to trust you with bigger responsibilities and encourages you to grow always.”  

Leading by example, Usha has remained at the top of most performance indicators within every organization she has worked, from sales generated to metrics of effort such as highest outreach, call

time, or quickest conversions. She is an ardent believer in work-life balance and has showcased equal

attention to other areas of her life, such as fitness, holistic living, and maintaining a positive lifestyle.

The quote, “Hard work beats talent” doesn’t mean a lack of talent in her case, but attributes to her quality of being relentless, when given a task to perform, or target to achieve. Hence if it’s one quality, among many that shine from her, it’s simply her undying work ethic. In her spare time, she engages in Drama and Theatre

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Head MARG Consulting

With over 25 years of experience in the industry (Operations, Private Equity, Consulting, and Corporate finance), Krish leads Consulting at Marg.

His focus on Change management has helped many clients develop Change Capability, deliver complex projects, as well as support leadership development in that area. He holds an Experienced Practitioner qualification from Prosci and is also a Prosci Advanced Instructor. He is also a Certified Change Management Professional™, a sought-after Change Management credential, issued by ACMP.

Krish is also an Accredited Practitioner of Emergenetics – a research-based profiling instrument that addresses thinking and behavior styles. His experience in application of this tool is in supporting Leadership [individuals as well as teams] in self-awareness and subsequent coaching.

Lastly, with Marg developing solutions for organizations to address Culture, Krish is an Accredited Practitioner of Human Synergistics assessments that help develop and deliver changes to Organizational Culture, Effectiveness, as well as Leadership behaviors and impact.

He leverages his leadership experience across Indian and global organizations to help deliver results in these areas. His industry experience (has headed Business Lines, as well as Operations, Finance, and HR) has helped him in devising 'Practical' solutions suited to companies of various industries. His prime areas of expertise include Change Management, Culture Change, and Leaders/Leadership Teams Development (Senior Management).