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.

  • 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.

  • How To Attract & Lead Top Talent
    How To Attract & Lead Top Talent

    Recently I did a study of more than 10,000 high-potential employees at leading companies around the world. The people I interviewed were the best of the best, the sort of employees that any organization would love to have on their team. I call this type of person a “voluntary employee,” because they are so good at what they do that if they quit their job at 9 in the morning they would have a job at the competition by noon. Which means they work at a certain company because they want to, not because they have to.

  • The Power of Small Wins — And How to Keep Them Going
    The Power of Small Wins — And How to Keep Them Going

    Because drug R&D is likely to remain difficult even as technology advances, the challenge for you, as a leader, is this: How do you maintain the motivation of talented researchers, young and old, when progress is slow?

  • Lessons In Leadership: “SKILL”
    Lessons In Leadership: “SKILL”

    There are those who would have you believe that leadership is a set of skills, a specific recipe that one can follow and apply to inspire others to achieve greatness. Yet this magic formula that is considered the holy grail of productivity, management, and motivation seems consistently elusive. Yet multiple statistics indicate that training and human capital development does considerably and positively affect an organization’s bottom line.

  • How To Diagnose And Treat Team Conflict
    How To Diagnose And Treat Team Conflict

    When many highly educated people work together in a culture heavily focused on logic and science, the relationship realm, with its underbelly of subtle emotions, is often brushed aside. This can lead to systemic difficulties that derail productivity and limit success.

  • Leading Courageously Through Unclear Times
    Leading Courageously Through Unclear Times

    Over the past year, the pace of change in the life sciences industry has accelerated more than ever before, and 2017 shows no sign of slowing. From the shift to outcomes-based care and the rapid influx of new health technologies to growing pressure on cost controls and the ever-changing world of healthcare regulations, this year will bring even more change and uncertainty.

  • Getting Great = Confidence + Willingness
    Getting Great = Confidence + Willingness

    All of us want to perform at a higher level than we are currently at. However, we let daily distractions, fear of trying something new, the fear of making a mistake, and unsolicited feedback from others get in the way of our efforts to “get great.” We put ourselves in a “stuck-in-the-mud” position and lose sight of what we should do first.

  • The Best Way To Set Goals In The New Year
    The Best Way To Set Goals In The New Year

    It’s no secret that all good performance starts with clear goals — and the beginning of the year is a great time to set those goals. But how many of you take the time to create clear, motivating goals with your staff?

  • How Resilient Are You? Machiavelli’s Advice
    How Resilient Are You? Machiavelli’s Advice

    Machiavelli is known as the high priest of sleaze. His big idea was supposedly that the ends justify the means — and any means are OK. But ask yourself a question. Would we even know Machiavelli’s name today if all he said was you can get ahead by being sleazy?

  • Management Is Dead. Stop Managing And Start Coaching!
    Management Is Dead. Stop Managing And Start Coaching!

    Finally we have realized you can’t manage people, you can only manage things. Behaviors are manageable, and people certainly are not, so we need to stop trying to manage people. We must start to learn skills to coach people to success.

  • Hiring Millennials: A Balancing Act
    Hiring Millennials: A Balancing Act

    The millennial generation (Generation Y, ages 19-39) has been stereotyped as narcissistic, selfie-obsessed, self-promoters. But they are the largest, most diverse demographic cohort in American history, and their potential to make myriad unimagined strides in our country’s progress can’t be understated.

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