Most of us are not currently commuting to and from work every day, which, for some, has freed up a significant amount of time daily. Yet, for those with additional work and family responsibilities; homeschooling, a loss of your support systems, etc, you may find that you have even less time than while working in a traditional workplace. Either way, a re-evaluation of your day might be necessary to make sure you fulfill all of your responsibilities while allowing for critically important self-care.
The workaholic/grind mentality is common in our industry and self-care is often secondary. The additional time many of us have now has helped us realize the importance of not only taking better care of physical, mental and spiritual needs but also focusing more on our personal relationships and family. The Leadership Edge shares some of their lessons learned and renewed personal priorities below.
It has been a heartwarming year for women in the sciences with the recent awarding of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry. The awards highlight how important diversity and inclusion are in our industry. The new documentary Picture A Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists by bringing to light the challenges they have faced as women in the sciences and their commitment to improving opportunities for women moving forward. This personal, powerful & eye opening film really hit home for our team as it has for people around the world.
When we experience change, one of the first feelings we have as human beings is that we are alone. We think we need to solve all of the problems, identify and secure new resources, and somehow feel that we are prepared and capable to do it all. During times of change, we need others more than ever. We suddenly find the resources, the know how and the support we need to make great things happen.
The end of the year is fast approaching and chances are, no one ever prepared you for how to lead a performance review conversation during a pandemic.
You may have found that while some goals were put on hold there was also an expectation that many, if not most of the company goals were expected to be delivered upon, on time and on budget. The typical competencies that you measured may have seen a few additions, including communicating remotely, being self-motivated, working autonomously, or building high performing teams while juggling children, school, dogs and managing cold callers on your home line (if you still have one). With the new challenges that have been presented as many workers Zoom in from their home office, feeling the stress of huge levels of change and uncertainty, you might want to keep the following tips in mind.
Virtual programs are not new to us but the need to move our entire portfolio to a virtual platform was unexpected. As we respond to unexpected challenges, whether they are a change in the financial markets, unexpected data, or the loss of a key player, the following tactics may serve you well.
Team dynamics are often a constantly moving target even under normal circumstances. Add a global crisis and getting everyone on the same page at the same time can seem daunting to say the least. Our commitment to each other was the unifying factor that helped us make it to where we are today. Learn how The Leadership Edge Operations Team became stronger as the result of early lessons from the Pandemic.
“I don’t have time to think.” Does that sound familiar?
Pressure, deadlines, milestones, partnering relationships and burn rates are all part of working in a life sciences environment. With constant deadlines looming, it’s easy to get bogged down in day to day, minute by minute thinking.
And yet, with all of this circling around you and your people, we’re in a business driven by innovation. Creativity is critical. Execution may be our driving force, but inspiration has to have room to flourish.
So how do you manage to find time for that? It’s not easy, but maybe a few of these ideas will inspire you.
Finding our way through the pandemic has taught us all a great deal. As we prepare for our new beginning that lies ahead with the anticipated approvals of therapies and vaccines, The Leadership Edge operations team shares their lessons learned from the early days of the pandemic, in hopes that they can be applied today, to create a phenomenal future for us all.
Over the years, so much has changed, from what type of company structure is in vogue, to what is the hottest therapeutic area, to how to best structure teams, project or matrix based. Like the whole world, this industry and the people in it, are constantly experiencing change. And there is no greater change for most, than the changes we are experiencing today. The Leadership Edge founder, Gaylene Xanthopoulos discusses change and shares an insightful exercise that will enable you to drive relevant and meaningful change.