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Why Pausing to Access Wisdom is Worth It

By on Thursday, October 10, 2019

“Why?” It’s a question my toddler asks pretty frequently (okay, very frequently). But last week, when he asked it from the back seat of the car as I turned toward the highway on ramp, his question was just enough to knock me out of auto-pilot mode. I realized that I was about to get on […]

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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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5 Ways to Banish the Myth of the Heroic Leader (and Start Getting Stronger Results with Shared Leadership)

By on Thursday, September 19, 2019

In the 21st century, leadership has changed. In many ways, that’s a good thing. An “old world” leadership model might have valued leaders who focused on bottom-line results to the exclusion of the more human aspects of their “human capital.” Sensitivity was unheard of. Coaching? Forget it. Cultivating a positive corporate culture? Never mind that […]

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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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Recognizing opportunity and change

By on Thursday, August 29, 2019

I used to think I lacked the ability that allowed me to recognize when opportunity existed. Even worse, I thought I lacked the ability to adapt to change. You would often hear me say that I wasn’t creative, instead I preferred stability and the status quo. I’m unsure as to what exactly it is that […]

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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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Thought Leader or Thought Inspirer?

By on Thursday, July 25, 2019

I have to admit, I’ve never loved the phrase “thought leader.” Who really wants to have someone else lead their thoughts? We use the phrase so frequently that perhaps we’ve not stopped to think how we may inadvertently be giving up our right and responsibility to be the sole leader of our thoughts. There is […]

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