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.

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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Relationship building fosters learning

By on Thursday September 5, 2019

For leaders, working well with individuals and departments across the organization can be quite beneficial. In addition to helping build relationships, working with others can lead to learning opportunities. It would be difficult to think of a good leader who is not consistently expanding their knowledge.  While we often default to thinking that knowledge is […]

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The more I learn, the less I know

By on Thursday August 22, 2019

There are many different versions of the phrase “the more I learn, the less I know” out there. This phrase is attributed to many brilliant minds, which is not surprising because this paradox resonates with so many people. One of the most important realizations a leader can have is discovering that there is always more […]

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Cognitive effectiveness for compelling leadership

By on Thursday August 1, 2019

As a general concept, cognition is how we acquire, store and use information. The MRG research team recently conducted a study to explore this concept in a leadership context. We defined cognitive effectiveness as a measure of how well a leader is at acquiring and using information to make good decisions, adapt to changing environments, […]

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Leading across Borders: Using Data to Inform a Global Workforce

By on Thursday May 30, 2019

There’s no denying that, in ways both personal and professional, we are more globally connected than ever. In fact, the flow of information internationally has increased more than 250% since 2001, according to the 2018 DHL Global Connectedness Index. Many of us also hold stereotypes about different countries. Some common stereotypes are accurate but at […]

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Reflect, Learn, and Transform: Dispatch from the EMCC Annual Conference

By on Thursday May 9, 2019

In April, I traveled to Dublin, Ireland and celebrated my third time presenting at a European Mentoring and Coaching Council conference. EMCC exists to develop and promote mentoring, coaching and supervision at a global level, so don’t let the name mislead you. The conference is a global gathering of coaches and mentors looking to learn […]

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What are the most effective leaders in Higher Education doing differently?

By on Wednesday April 24, 2019

If we were to believe most TV shows and movies, we would think that to be successful in higher education, one needs a high degree of arrogance, self-importance, and even a tendency to isolate oneself. However, our findings on the behaviors associated with effectiveness in higher education leaders paint a very different picture. The more […]

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What do inclusive leaders do differently?

By on Thursday March 21, 2019

There are several ongoing research projects at MRG. One project that I really enjoy working on is our series on leadership best practices. Not only do we search for insights that will help leaders increase their effectiveness, but we can identify the nuances of effective leadership by exploring best practices for specific groups, industries and […]

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What Successful Tech Leaders Put First

By on Sunday January 6, 2019

When we looked at the behaviors that impact leadership effectiveness in the technology industry, one behavior was the clear winner. Behaving strategically was almost three times as important for predicting effectiveness as the next behavior set.  It was even more important than maintaining in-depth and up-to-date specialized knowledge – something we tend to associate with […]

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Aiming for Lasting Change: Why So Many Resolutions Miss the Mark

By on Tuesday January 1, 2019

Nearly everyone starts out in coaching and development with good intentions. Yet, some fail to achieve their goals. This time of year, as so many of us are making New Year’s resolutions, these failures can sometimes be seen as a punch line or a cliché. As a researcher, I’m curious about why, if we want […]

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Inspired to Run Faster: Reflections on the Global Assessment Summit

By on Thursday December 6, 2018

We all run faster during a 5k race than when we’re jogging around the block on our own. Why is that? Well, having to run alongside other people provides a healthy dose of competitive energy. I recently attended the Global Assessment Summit in Tulsa and, while I enjoyed the camaraderie, sharing of ideas and overall […]

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Moving Fast: Leadership Best Practices in the Transportation Industry

By on Monday December 3, 2018

Sometimes the results of a Best Practices study motivate me to dig a little deeper into an industry. A recent example is our study of the transportation industry. The top three behaviors predicting effective leadership were communication, strategic and technical. This combination made me think of a more fluid and unpredictable environment than I would […]

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Change is a constant. How do effective leaders handle it?

By on Monday September 17, 2018

As soon as you feel like we have something figured out, the parameters change and you need to recalibrate. Currently, my husband and I are in the process of buying a new car for the first time in a decade. The biggest challenge has been catching up with the last 10 years of automotive technology. […]

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Empathy & Expertise: Best Practices for Senior Leaders

By on Tuesday August 28, 2018

Think of your idea of the stereotypical senior leader. Now think of senior leaders you’ve encountered throughout your career. If you’re like me, you are picturing strong, well-respected figureheads who often make decisions from a distance and are mainly concerned with making sure their organization or unit runs like a well-oiled machine. Now, imagine the […]

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Notes from a Gathering of Research Rock Stars

By on Friday July 27, 2018

I’ve always enjoyed conferences. You get to spend time with colleagues, learn new things and, of course, travel! While just about every conference has some value, not every event checks all of these boxes, but the ones that do are some of the most energizing professional experiences I’ve had. As I prepared to attend this […]

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