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Super-Leaders

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As a father, I get to re-live my childhood through my son, and it makes me feel young again, which is truly amazing! I love seeing the world through more youthful eyes. 

One thing I have enjoyed is re-discovering heroes or, more specifically, superheroes with magical powers. One unlikely superhero I have been thinking about lately is Professor X (Professor Xavier) from the X-Men comic book series (and movies). 

Professor X is the founder and leader of the group, and he is an exceptionally powe…

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Are You Climbing the Right Mountain?

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Are you someone who has a lot of drive and passion for getting to the top of the mountain you are climbing? We rarely speak about the enormous population of people who get to the top of the mountain only to realize they gave everything they had only to summit the wrong peak.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is living in a state of constant "doing." If you are constantly doing, then your focus is all about climbing, making good time, getting to the next plateau, and, above all else, plant…

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Thinking about Boxes

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I was recently thinking about boxes. I wasn't just staring off into space daydreaming about cardboard boxes. That would be a little crazy!

I was thinking about the conceptual boxes we put ourselves and others in. 

It's part of our human design to label and categorize each other because doing so helps us navigate and make sense of the world. He's a hunter. She's a healer. They are bakers; you get it. On a survival level, this makes a lot of sense, but beyond that, it can actually limit our live…

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Buildings and Legacy

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I am a passionate world explorer, but there is one thing at the forefront of my itinerary when I travel to another country... architecture.

For some people, it's food; for others, it's museums, or maybe it's beaches. For me, it is definitely architecture.

In every culture around the world, there are buildings that are cornerstones of that society. They are part of the landscape of people's lives, and if they were suddenly gone, people would feel as if a part of them was missing.

From the Pyra…

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Wayfinding

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Are you a Wayfinder? It took me most of my life to realize that I was a Wayfinder. 

A choice point came in my career where I trusted something inside myself over what everyone else said was the right direction, and it led me to discover a whole new quality of life and career.  

One example of a classic Wayfinder would be an ancient sailor who traversed the oceans, not by using maps but by noticing the subtleties of the world around them. 

They would pay careful attention to the wind, the temp…

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What Most People Don't Know

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I'm most well-known for my financial leadership in biotech and my ability to wade through a sea of mind-boggling numbers. 

What most people don't know about me, however, is that while finance is my brilliance, my genius is in seeing people deeply.

This means that when I spend just a little bit of time talking with someone, I can very quickly understand who they are on a deeply personal level. I understand their desires, their needs, and ultimately what fills them with inspiration and fulfillme…

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Biotech Leaders, I See You

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If you are a biotech leader, I have an important message for you. I know what it means to be deeply immersed in biotech. I know what it means to feel proud of making a difference in the health of countless lives. 

I also know what it is to be inside of a corporate system that is supporting you AND, at the same time feeding off of you.

I have been a financial leader for an expansive drug portfolio where I worked on 13 different drugs.

I have been a finance and strategy leader for 8-years at a …

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Time to Engage in Some Trivial Pursuits

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The summer has been zooming-by (pun intended, I have been living on Zoom lately, you with me?). This has me thinking about how often I have truly stepped back from my work to recharge my batteries so I can be fully present in life. To be honest, it has not been as much as it should be. 

The summertime is usually when the world slows down, and we can take some time to connect with what is really important, but it seems like that has been getting harder to do now that most of us don't have a clea…

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The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace – Amy C. Edmondson

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Success requires a continuous influx of new ideas, new challenges, critical thinking, and the interpersonal environment to feel safe speaking up without fear of repercussions. Leadership expert Amy Edmondson defines a fearless organization as one in which people feel psychologically safe – being protected from ridicule or penalties when they share their ideas, feedback, and constructive criticisms. When this happens, firms benefit from better ideas, more risk-taking, increased learning, and fewe…

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