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Get Leadership Strategies to Advance Your Career

Posted by Jaime Luna on Jul 19, 2018 2:17:31 PM

Sandra Glucksmann, President & CEO at Cedilla Therapeutics, will share stories of her career challenges and successes. She will discuss how to best apply your scientific and analytical abilities to develop influence and negotiation skills. Sandra will share her learning experiences as she transitioned from bench scientist to manager, and from manager to executive in both small and large company settings. 

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Discussion, Workshop, Cambridge, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Leadership, Challenges, Success, Influence, negotiation, Transitions, Management, Communication, Influence Without Authority, Leader

Distance does not make the heart grow fonder: managing and motivating remote teams

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jan 3, 2018 1:27:12 PM
You are probably managing or working in a team with members scattered in different offices, different cities and different parts of the world. We can all underestimate, and especially if we are the ones at cozy HQ, how lonely, disconnected and inefficient this can feel. Misunderstandings and toxic office politics can swell with distance as team motivation and the sense of agency diminishes.
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Cambridge, STEM, Management, Communication, Trust, Relationships, Leadership, Resilience, Vision

Put an End to Constant Juggling and Devise Strategies for Managing the Multiple Demands on Your Time

Posted by WEST Board Member on Dec 7, 2017 8:02:00 AM

"Christmas Carrels?" - From where I sit, managing my work and managing my people is an immersive experience.  Literally.  I always choose to place my desk in the middle of our workspace, the better to both be accessible and to communicate to my staff and my colleagues that we are all in this together.  In my view, leadership by example works best when those I lead can see my example every day as they walk past my desk. It is also a reality check, and humbling, to see the dedication of all those around me. It is all to easy to underestimate the amount of time and effort required to deliver on a project. Hard work is its own reward and by being in the center of all the action ensures I work (and can be seen to work) as long and hard as any of my direct reports. Whilst I do enjoy the "open office" design concept and believe it is important to be available for all the little questions, not just the big ones, there is a “cost”. A significant cost. And that is the cost of being constantly pulled in many different directions, and having to flex quickly between my many different roles as subject matter expert, communicator, decision maker, firefighter, manager, peer, and subordinate. It is very easy to feel out of control, and it is all too easy to succumb to being over overwhelmed, especially when taking on a new role, such as a manager or project leader. Don’t panic – there are simple ways to regain control and increase your effectiveness (and your enjoyment!).

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Cambridge, STEM, Management, Delegation, Communication

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