Maria is Head of Research at MRG. She loves a challenge and often gets a little too excited about running new studies. She finds peace and balance by cooking (as long as her husband is doing the cleaning) or being anywhere near the ocean.

Effective Controllers Know When to Push Back

By on Friday, December 4, 2020

The controller role is as complex as it gets. Controllers need to consolidate data from multiple sources to essentially predict the future. They then use those forecasts to make decisions that can have long term consequences for the organization. They do this within the constraints of regulations and laws, among other factors. Given the complexity […]

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In Corporate Communications, Empathy and Persuasiveness Matter

By on Friday, November 20, 2020

MRG recently conducted a best practices study of Communications and Corporate Affairs Leaders. This group of leaders is responsible for developing messaging that incorporates the goals and values of an organization, all while addressing it to multiple types of stakeholders. Corporate communications are often designed to influence the perceptions of an organization and have a […]

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Leadership During a Pandemic: Are Our Behaviors Changing?

By on Thursday, September 24, 2020

Our personal and professional lives have been immensely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course this raises innumerable questions. One question we’ve been getting from practitioners in the MRG community: how will this change the way people work and lead? We’re eager to find answers to this as well. In fact, we have been studying our […]

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Follow the Evidence: Keeping Research Relevant in Turbulent Times

By on Thursday, August 27, 2020

At MRG, we love research. It is essential to what we do, and it allows us to provide evidence-based advice and insights to our community. We stand by the information we share and do everything possible to ensure that our research insights are accurate and relevant. There are two essential components to holding ourselves to […]

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Effective CIOs emphasize a practical approach to decision making

By on Thursday, January 30, 2020

MRG has been conducting research on effective leadership at the top levels of organizations for decades. Most recently, we had the opportunity to study which leadership behaviors are most closely associated with leadership effectiveness for Chief Information Officers (CIOs). While the overall findings were quite interesting, one that stood out to me was the relationship […]

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Assessments for the 2020s: Dispatch from SIOP’s Leading Edge Consortium

By on Thursday, November 7, 2019

After hearing great things about it, I attended the Leading Edge Consortium (LEC) last month. This is an annual, 2-day meeting organized by SIOP during which a single topic is discussed from many different angles. All attendees are gathered in a single room, which means everyone has the opportunity to attend every single talk. And […]

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The Path to Effective Leadership in the Biotech Industry

By on Thursday, September 26, 2019

As someone external to the biotech field, I never really thought of it as a very broad industry. However, our recent research into best practices for leaders in this field made me take a deeper look. It turns out that the biotech industry encompasses a diverse group of specialized areas, including medical, industrial and agricultural […]

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Delivering results is more than setting ambitious goals

By on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Most leaders want to be seen as delivering results. This is done by accomplishing a great deal and focusing on measurable outcomes. There is something about tangible and measurable outcomes that makes us feel like we’ve accomplished something. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to delivering results than simply pushing for ambitious goals and having […]

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