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Digital Transformation Has Gained a Whole New Momentum - Can you Make the Most of It?

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Innovation, Change Management, Culture, Working Remote, Leading Remote Teams, Work from Home, Managing Remotely

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The advent and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting need for many people to work remotely has accelerated the use of new, fast and frequently changing digital technology to solve business problems. Whether it has been the use of ever advancing technology like ZOOMSM or Microsoft® TEAMS or the fast-tracking of more complex technological processes like Telehealth, businesses are radically re-thinking how they are using technology, people and processes to survive and thrive in the current economy.

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Leading in Times of Change: Themes From a Panel of Influential Leaders

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Team Building, Culture, Communicating with Teams, Working Remote, Leading Remote Teams, Managing Remotely

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Recently I had the pleasure of moderating the first-ever virtual Women in Leadership panel at the American Biomanufacturing Summit. The panel consisted of senior female leaders of Allakos Inc, Amgen, bluebird bio, Roche, and Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. Each of them brought a different and rich set of experiences and knowledge to the virtual table.

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How Leaders Can Ensure High-Performance in Uncertain Times

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Leading Remote Teams, Managing Remotely

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Much has been written about life during COVID, including the endless Zoom conferences, challenges with work/life balance and homeschooling, and the unusual work-from-home situation that forced family members to spend more time than usual together. On the work front, people describe how working from home has muddied the waters on roles and responsibilities. Communication and decision-making have become much more complicated.

A client recently asked: How do I lead my team effectively when we’re never in the same space, and many things can’t be done the way we used to do them? How do I consider each team member’s personal challenges, while still creating an environment for high performance? What does high performance even mean right now?

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Your Workplace Reentry: Four Foundations for a Smooth Transition

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Change Management, Leading Remote Teams

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With COVID-19 restrictions and work-from-home orders lifting, executives are working toward shared workplace reentry. Some organizations are planning a phased return to the workplace, starting with senior leadership. Others are focused on critical functions, like R&D. Still others feel it’s a bad idea to shift people who can work from home back to the office before a vaccine is in place.

While organizations are diligently addressing systemic and process requirements, leaders are thinking about how they will lead to achieve a smooth transition.

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Putting People First in Times of COVID-19

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Team Building, Communicating with Teams, Working Remote, Leading Remote Teams, Work from Home

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Personal Reflection: Caring for Family and Colleagues

These personal reflections are from Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. A trusted advisor and coach to many senior executives in the U.S. and abroad, Danielle boards planes, trains, and secures ride services on a daily basis to better help executives create positive, productive, and engaged workplaces. She resides at—what is today—the epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak. These are a few of her insights.

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Create a Workplace Environment that Sustains New Habits

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Behavior

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When it comes to bettering ourselves and our lives, we’re likely to get inundated with a range of different resources. Over the years, publishers have continued to release hundreds of books devoted to growth and self-improvement. More recently though, consumer trends find readers gravitating towards material that focuses on how we can develop new habits that are genuinely positive and radically sustainable.

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Strategy Execution: Three Common Pitfalls, One Big Takeaway

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Operational Excellence, Strategy Execution

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Here you are: tasked to design and implement a foolproof strategy that will elevate your organization to the next level. It’s likely that you’ll build your strategy around some variation of the following goals:

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Achieving Work/Life Balance: The Ongoing Struggle

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership

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Last week I attended a conference for women leaders in pharma. Advancing Women’s Leadership Skills and Opportunities in Pharma and Healthcare was held in Philadelphia to discuss how women can be most impactful, both as leaders and as people.

My colleague, Kim Huggins, presented on “creating and leading high-performing teams,” and joined a panel on inclusivity and relationship-building as a leader. As I listened to the speakers, I thought: these topics are relevant for any leader, regardless of gender or seniority.

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Getting the Most from Your Sales Teams

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Pharmaceutical Sales

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It’s not easy getting the most from your sales teams. Organizations are getting better at developing and supporting sales reps to drive sales results. But they still often struggle with the fact that each project, each team and each sales process is different, and therefore requires a fresh look at how to shape the environment to best support the sales reps.

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Key Elements for Executing a Digital Transformation Strategy

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Digital Transformation

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Companies are eager and ready to invest in digital transformation strategies, but are they achieving results? The numbers so far indicate that the answer may be a resounding “no.”

Several studies report that up to 80% of transformation efforts fail to achieve their intended goals.  Another study polled senior executives and found that 50% feel their company is not successfully executing digital strategies.  What’s causing this?

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