Qualitative & Behavioral Characteristics of Great Leaders

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The quality of leadership within the organization is critical from a business perspective. Yet, according to Gallup’s research, the majority of leaders are not equipped to take on the leadership roles. This status quo hurts not only employees but also decrease the performance of the organizations. Much could be achieved by providing relevant training and development opportunities to the managers and leaders. Many companies though do not invest in leaders’ training and poor management comes at the expense of U.S. economy, costing $398 billion annually Continue reading

Retaliation, Reputation & Happiness

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Nobody likes to hear it – but you are alone in this world. People do not care about your problems. If you are blessed with a close, faithful friends and family who genuinely loves and cares for you, you should be grateful every day. It is a precious gift and should not be taken for granted. Having family or friends do not guarantee they will love you, be loyal or respectful. In private life, in business, there is so much pretentious and damaging behaviors, insincerity, and backstabbing. The number of people who can be considered vain and selfish is going up. Research shows that over last 30 years, 30% more kids think they are more awesome than everyone else. This idea is broadly reinforced by today’s media, parents, education system, youth coaches. Young people grow up with a sense of entitlement and have no issue to call themselves gifted and successful, with no objective data to back it up. Continue reading

How to Climb the Ladder in Red High Heels

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I am not a feminist in a traditional meaning. I like to think of myself as a woman supporting other women. I also do not believe that all men are misogynistic (a characteristic often associated with NPD).  I admit I met some passive-aggressive male colleagues who were not buying into the gender diversity concept if I can put this delicately. Research shows such men often suffer from certain psychological problems, but I am not going to focus on those aspects today. During my career, I certainly have been lucky enough to deal with many great, supportive and smart men who treat women as equals. Continue reading

Little Morning Wonders

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I love my mornings! I wake up at 4.30 AM every day, including weekends. My work schedule still allows me to enjoy my mornings without any rush. Before my daily business routines start, I sip my morning coffee and read the industry news, including articles on Linkedin. I take 10-15 minutes to practice mindfulness. Those few minutes kick a day off and give me the right mindset. After morning exercise, my brain is filled with endorphins, and my body is loaded with energy. I admit that over last few months, I turned into a gym-junkie. Continue reading

Is the Passion Good or Bad Thing in Career Management?

wings-1940245.jpgI am a woman. Who I am, the way I think and operate is gender specific to some extent. I am ambitious, hard working and I have a clear vision of who I want to be in the future.   I am proud of my career accomplishments. I go against the mainstream and confront issues and people without hesitation. I have never been “9am-5pm” person, I invest a lot of energy to go above and beyond for the sake of the teams and organizations I work for. I consider myself a very passionate professional. I am attached emotionally to my job, and I care deeply about my colleagues, business, and customers. Sometimes, I allow my job to get under my skin. I am not indifferent to my work environment and company culture. I try to serve as an example to others, but I am not ideal and make mistakes, like any other person. Passion to me is a tool, enabler of self-fueling. Staying passionate and emotionally invested translates to my high performance at work. Continue reading

How to Become a Calm Warrior

lady-1822464_1920Our lives are stressful, hectic and very much unpredictable, thus overflowing with anxiety. We cope with that unfortunate status quo and attempt to manage our daily schedules efficiently. Some of us become more organized with time, some of us just take one day at the time and dive in into the frantic business weeks, hoping to survive the Monday to Friday routine. It is so easy to forget about our bodies and minds in the chaos of everyday life. Continue reading

How to Metamorphose into Effective Leader

cat-564202_1280The quality of leadership within the organization is critical from a business perspective. Yet, according to Gallup’s research, the majority of leaders are not equipped to take on the leadership roles. This status quo hurts not only employees but also decrease the performance of the organizations. Much could be achieved by providing relevant training and development opportunities to the managers and leaders. Many companies though do not invest in leaders’ training and poor management comes at the expense of U.S. economy, costing $398 billion annually Continue reading

Technical vs. Team Leadership in Drug Development

brainstorming-985542_1920Every drug development program is led by some type of the team leader. Such position may have different names in every organization (e.g. asset, team, program, project lead, etc.). The primary accountability of that individual in all pharma organizations is yet similar: to deliver the program to support the R&D strategic goals and direction. Continue reading

The Value of Friendship

woman-1594711_1920As research shows, the social relationships are critical for happier and less stressful lives. The role of social interactions and bonds in reducing stress has been studied in many species, in small and large animals. It was proven by same research, that social relationships are coming with enormous physical and mental benefits.  Continue reading