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Removing Obstacles

Many of us have found ourselves in situations with others wondering “How can I get them to do it?”. What if we instead asked “How can I make things easier for them?” That is the concept of removing obstacles outlined by Daniel Kahneman, in an interview on the...

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A scientist walks into an improv class

How many times have we been given the advice or told ourselves that we just need to “go with it”. How often do we actually put that into practice? Until… I walked into an improv class It was my first improv experience. I decided to try a class based on the...

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Alliance Entropy

Coordination between alliance partners is essential for turning research and development efforts into valuable assets for both parties. While that may seem obvious, it often does not receive sufficient focus and effort when structuring collaborations.

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Potential

I have been hearing the word potential a lot lately in all sorts of contexts. “She has great potential” “They have the potential to be the greatest team in the sport” “The company has the potential to be an industry leader” “Unlocking human potential” “They thought of...

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Creative Conflict

“I am going to tell you about my current hypothesis and working model—I welcome your comments and criticisms. Models are meant to be broken”. That is how a well respected researcher from a top academic institution began his seminar. He certainly got my attention. The...

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Third Siders

William Ury, coauthor of the well known negotiation book “Getting to Yes”, recently popularized the notion of the Third Side.

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The jobs to be done

Over the years, I have prepared a lot of disease summaries that include things like current standard treatments, drugs in development, and unmet needs.  We typically think of unmet needs in clinical terms; limiting or stopping disease progression, alleviating...

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