Here at ALULA, love of pets is something of an unspoken job requirement. That might sound odd when our focus is on the people part of achieving business results, but affection for four-legged friends is a strong cultural thread. It pulls at our heartstrings and weaves them together, shaping us into one ALULA team. August is National Dog Month, and we take that celebration seriously! After all, there are a lot of synergies between what we do as a business and our love of dogs.
As we push through the second half of 2021, many unknowns remain from a tumultuous 2020. We’re in uncharted territory, so it’s important to consider what leadership skills will be critical as teams sail this new course.
Your company’s culture: strategic asset and competitive advantage
Your company culture is what employees say and do every day, how they work together (or don’t), what leaders reinforce (or don’t), and all the habits, practices, processes, and customs of the workplace.
The practice of spreading positive gossip is a sure way for leaders and teams to equally engage team members who are located at the office or worksite as well as those working remotely.
Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Senior Principal at ALULA, shares important insights that can help leaders and teams thrive in a hybrid work environment.
Author — Tim Overcash with contributions from Brian Cole, Ph.D. and Evan Smith
June is National Men’s Health Month. This month is all about raising awareness and encouraging men to employ healthy behaviors that positively impact their mental and physical wellbeing.
Your health is your foundation. Your success as a leader, your daily business performance, and every aspect of your public and private life—all depend on your robust health.
Of course, you already know that. But let’s get specific and present some useful advice.
It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark. — Howard Ruff
When’s the right time to change the oil in your car? When’s the right time to buy insurance, or to improve your diet? The “right” time is before there is a need. Timing really is everything.
For organizations, when’s the right time to begin developing tomorrow’s leaders? In time-starved organizations, leadership is constantly faced with tradeoff and prioritization issues, but one thing that should be at the top of their priority list is developing tomorrow’s leaders, today.
Coauthored by: Karen Gorman and Jessica Miller
Kitchen tables, make-shift computer trays on car consoles, scribbling notes on the back of napkins… Working arrangements in 2020 looked a lot different due to the pandemic’s impact. We toughed it out one video call at a time, but all the while our mindset of what was “normal” was shifting and evolving, and so was the mindset of the global workforce. We truly are in a work-from-anywhere world now and like many of you, ALULA was curious about the impacts of that dramatic shift.
By: Martin Scott
In the US alone, 6.8 percent of the total population identify as AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander), a number that’s been growing rapidly over the past decade. (Picture that: in any group of 100 Americans, about 7 are AAPI.) As this important segment of the American people grows, it’s important to highlight work done by members of the AAPI population across organizations, industries and segments—government, corporate, agriculture, not-for-profit, and many more.
Recently I moderated the virtual Women in Leadership panel at the American Biomanufacturing Summit. This was my second time moderating this panel virtually, and I continue to be amazed by the richness of the conversation—despite being unable to meet face-to-face. The panel included senior female leaders of Acceleron, Genentech, Novartis, Roche, and Sobi, each having rich experiences to share.
Coauthored by: Ken Wagner, Ph.D. and J.P. Martinez
The flames are mesmerizing, the noise overwhelming, and the sheer power is remarkable. These words do not come close to illustrating the brilliance of a rocket launched on its way into space. And while truly incredible, the awe-inspiring physical representation of achieving escape velocity in some ways distracts from the true accomplishment; consider what is necessary for a successful launch. All the people, all the parts, and all the conditions must line up together, in just the right way, at the right time.