Looking Back Provides Understanding for Moving Forward

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Operational Excellence

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In 1982, W. Edwards Deming published his 14 Points of Management and described what he called the System of Profound Knowledge. His ideas and writings continue to revolutionize manufacturing and organizational excellence by influencing innovators, thought leaders, and organizational teams throughout the world.

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What Do We Know about Advancing as a Female Leader?  A Lot!

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership

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Recently I had the pleasure of co-chairing the 5th Annual Advancing Women’s Leadership Skills and Opportunities in Pharma and Healthcare - East.  The three-day event was filled to the brim with great speakers, learning opportunities, and activities—like dancing! I loved the energy of the event, and the passion of both the speakers and the very engaged audience, despite it being a virtual event.

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Trusting Your Remote Teams to Do the Right Things (Even When No One is Looking)

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Communicating with Teams, Working Remote, Leading Remote Teams, Managing Remotely

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“How do I know my remote team is just as productive as when I was able to see them in the office?”

“How do I know they are doing the right things in the right way? Are there metrics I can use?”

“How can I be sure my remote employees are fully engaged, even though I’m not around?”

I’m hearing these questions a lot as remote work has become the “new way of work.” As a leader, what can you do? Do you use keystroke counters and always-on cameras to see them—because you can’t fully trust them? Or, maybe you should “trust but verify?” Or, “trust and hope for the best?”

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Checklist for Virtual Conference Attendees and Participants

By ALULA posted in Leadership, Working Remote

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Virtual conferences, in some form, are here to stay. And they come with unique challenges and benefits. With that in mind, ALULA developed a checklist of how best to prepare for—and engage in—virtual conference activities. These will ensure you get the most out of the experience—and hopefully you avoid some common pitfalls that may occur with this new way of engaging in virtual events.

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Can Your Culture Drive Your Digital Transformation?

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Behavior, Leadership, Digital Transformation, Team Culture, Culture

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Culture can make or break your digital strategy. At ALULA, we define culture as patterns of behavior that have been either reinforced or discouraged by people, systems, and processes over time. No two cultures are the same, and an organization’s digital culture can be best defined by the people within it.

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How to Achieve a High-Performing Culture

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Behavior, Leadership, Operational Excellence, Team Culture, Culture, Strategy Execution, Organizational Transformation

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Successful organizations have a few things in common.  They strive to do great work, delight customers, and provide a positive return for employees and shareholders.

In this two-minute video, Ken Wagner, Ph.D., identifies the one foundational truth that must be present; a cultural set up to help people be successful in their mission.

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The Secret to Successful Leadership - Q4 Leadership Model

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Behavior, Leadership, Operational Excellence, Team Culture, Culture

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Join Ken Wagner, Ph.D. as he highlights traits and actions prevalent in Q4 LeadershipSM. These are leaders who achieve results by bringing out the best in others.

In this two-minute video, Ken will identify traits of Q4 Leadership, which can in turn help you identify Q4 leaders within your organization. 

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Two Factors that Make or Break Organizational Transformations

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Operational Excellence, Digital Transformation, Organizational Transformation, Change

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The cost of a failed transformation to a company can be astronomical.  Not just in invested resources, but in man hours and opportunities lost. Why then do so many company transformations fail?

Danielle Geissler, Ph.D., shares two of the most important things that can make or break your transformation.

In this two-minute video learn what can most often get in your way, as well as why leaders are in the best position to create and sustain an environment for successful transformation.

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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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