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02/16/10
Mid-career Career Management discussion
Filed under: Mentoring, Leadership, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 10:05 pm

Little things lead into big things.

We started off the conversation which she
sought to help develop her career in the
entrepreneurial biotech field.

She has a med chem masters degree from
a mid-level research university and is in
her second position.  Why is it that my
accomplishments are not recognized?

She spoke a bit haltingly without the
flow and skilled softening and voice tone
accents to make it sound interesting.

Then, the ‘earth parted and the sun rose!’
She spoke about her passion for defeating
cancer with new therapies, due to losing
two grandparents recently by that disease.

That passion needs to be developed, she
was advised, because passion can “trump”
pedigree and perceived accomplishment
(which are really made by teams, rather
than individuals).

The passion needs to be engaged by
compelling stories and integrated into
entrepreneurial positions of next generation
cancer therapies.

Then, we need to support the aspirations
and direction with confidence and an
understanding of how people make
decisions and manage risk.  For
confidence, we used R. Kanter’s insight
about the three legs of confidence stool,
being accountability, collaboration and
taking initiative to take action.

For managing risks in decision making,
we talked about Jonah Lehrer’s clearly
stated discussion of the mental processes
we go through when we make decisions.

We then spoke about a plan of action
and next steps.  Toastmasters International,
networking to demonstrate creativity and
practice leadership, and enhancing her digital
presence.
What an engaging conversation!..

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