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

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

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

The Silent Silo – How to Improve Team’s Communication?

silo-406957_1920-copyEffective communication builds trust, is critical to the success of any project and represents one of project management’s most important responsibilities. Excellent communication within the project team and between the project manager, team members, and all external stakeholders is essential and is correlated with a high team performance.  Continue reading

Diversity of Roles in Pharmaceutical Project Management

banner-1571998_1920_blog-pmPer definition of PMI (Project Management Institute), project managers across different industries are assigned by the performing organization to achieve the project objectives. This is a challenging, high-profile role with significant responsibility and shifting priorities. It requires flexibility, good judgment, strong leadership and negotiating skills, and a solid knowledge of project management practices. A project manager must be able to understand project detail, but manage from the overall project perspective. As the person responsible for the success of the project, a project manager is in charge of all aspects of the project including, but not limited to: 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

Leadership Levels

career-1738216_1280During my career, I think I have seen it all. Great leaders and pretty awful ones but still, for some reasons, being allowed to lead parts or whole organizations. It is easy and intuitive to understand the dependency between the quality of companies’ leadership and productivity of those organizations. Happy and engaged employees produce more and are more creative, and innovative. Yet, not all the companies seem to get that simple connection. Continue reading