Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons is a monthly column from executives and thought leaders regarding best practices they use at their organizations to develop managers and leaders at all levels of the organization.

  • Is Your Network Getting Less Diverse As It Grows?
    Is Your Network Getting Less Diverse As It Grows?

    Bigger might not be better when it comes to getting access to more diverse perspectives.

  • Hidden Champion Leaders
    Hidden Champion Leaders

    For 30 years I have been researching midsized, little-known global market leaders. I often observe five common traits in these leaders.

  • Could Innovation Proficiency Improve Biopharma’s Broken Image?
    Could Innovation Proficiency Improve Biopharma’s Broken Image?

    A big part of the innovation challenge for large pharma companies is that while researchers are very good at technical innovation, the business end is not.

  • The Wrong Answer: Learning To Leverage Opposing Perspectives
    The Wrong Answer: Learning To Leverage Opposing Perspectives

    It’s easy to say we value different perspectives. It is quite another thing to really mean it, especially when it comes to views that feel dangerous, unscientific, and just plain wrong.

  • Fixing Healthcare Costs (And Turnover And Productivity Issues) Starts In The Workplace
    Fixing Healthcare Costs (And Turnover And Productivity Issues) Starts In The Workplace

    Here’s what employers concerned about healthcare, and for that matter, productivity and employee retention, need to do.

  • Extreme Teaming In An Uncertain World
    Extreme Teaming In An Uncertain World

    For life science leaders who manage diverse teams, with members spanning geographic, disciplinary, and even organization boundaries, here are some powerful leadership practices that help improve innovation.

  • Why Leaders Need To Be Paradox Navigators
    Why Leaders Need To Be Paradox Navigators

    The next evolution of leadership may be navigating paradox, which means learning to adapt rather than managing paradox which finds a solution.

  • How To Create & Sustain A Culture Of Accountability
    How To Create & Sustain A Culture Of Accountability

    Why is it so difficult for leaders to discuss personal accountability? The closer it gets to the leaders of the company, the more it may be avoided.

  • Leadership Lessons: Unleashing Breakthrough Innovation
    Leadership Lessons: Unleashing Breakthrough Innovation

    Serial breakthrough innovators have some interesting commonalities that serve up some important lessons for how we can unleash the breakthrough innovation potential in us all. Here are three of them.

  • How To Lead, Succeed, & Thrive In 2018
    How To Lead, Succeed, & Thrive In 2018

    How do today’s healthcare executives stay focused on the right things, productive in the face of immense pressure and competing demands, and proactive and strategic in the way they lead? It all starts with taking a pause.

  • Competitive Advantage Is Not What It Used To Be
    Competitive Advantage Is Not What It Used To Be

    The pharmaceutical and healthcare industries are at a crossroads, with the traditional business models experiencing what some have described as “fatigue.”  Like many other industries facing profound shifts, this creates the imperative to bring together the disparate fields of competitive strategy, innovation, and organizational change.

  • How Innovative Organizations Think: Why Rules Matter
    How Innovative Organizations Think: Why Rules Matter

    Innovation and rules may seem like an odd couple. Aren’t innovators rule breakers, people who are willing — even eager — to challenge the status quo? For the most part, they are. Yet innovations rarely result from a genius having a single flash of insight. Instead, they emerge from a collaborative process of individuals with diverse perspectives generating a portfolio of ideas, testing and refining them, and finally, choosing a solution — most often one that combines seemingly competing ideas.

  • Disrupt Yourself Before Somebody Or Something Else Does
    Disrupt Yourself Before Somebody Or Something Else Does

    John, an exemplary employee, was promoted into a key management position. He wanted to address the team he would now be leading and gathered the group together in a training room. The new leader’s boss was part of the assembled group.

  • “Sociopath-Proof” Your Organization: 5 Questions To Ask Today
    “Sociopath-Proof” Your Organization: 5 Questions To Ask Today

    After being expelled from Harvard for a computer hack that altered his transcript, Ajay Thomas changed his name, scored a Wall Street job, and then insider-traded shares of two public life science companies to the tune of $275 million. Typical interview questions about ethics won’t weed out these types of low character individuals.

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  • The Future Of Biopharma — Netherlands Style
    The Future Of Biopharma — Netherlands Style

    Rob Wright shares what he looks forward to learning about during an upcoming press tour of the Netherlands, beyond the fact that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be relocating there in 2019.

  • What Mylan Could Learn About Accountability
    What Mylan Could Learn About Accountability

    Mylan’s inability to adequately supply its EpiPen during the 2018 back-to-school time is the latest example of corporate leadership lacking accountability.

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