Get Into Health Habit

We all run behind different things, material things like success, wealth, promotion etc., and ignore the most important thing.
The thing that gives you happiness, that makes you feel better, the things that increase your confidence, the thing that keeps us long in the world: Our health.

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I Will Stick With My Decisions

Background:

As I mentioned in some of my previous posts, I was confused about my the career path as of one week of joining altMBA. Things were way clear to me. Thanks to altMBA. This assignment is retrospective in the sense that I have taken a step back to look at the change agents that lead to me where I am with my decisions.

I was confused initially, after reading this prompt. I have decided to keep the real estate investing on the back burner until I take off my scientific journey in the manner I love.
I started thinking what if real estate is going to be an opportunity cost. My team challenged me on this as well. I have to admit that it may be an opportunity cost. But then, having eyes on real estate without focusing on science is an opportunity cost as well. It may mean that I will not be able to reach the positions (likes of Director or Chief Scientific Officer) in the aggressive time I would like to achieve.

My decisions made were depending on the values that I was able to see after digging deep. I can’t have it all. I need to be focused mainly on young and growing family. I concluded that I am going to focus on science for the next two to three years to me leap forward to more significant positions that I am looking. Moreover, real estate investing can be done anytime. Fortunately, I will be in a position to leverage into real estate investing without worrying about capital, which means real estate will be along term goal. But for now, It is going to be all science.

Part I:

I could see the change looming for about 6 months. This started after performance evaluations with my current supervisor. At that time, it was only five months of the journey with her. I was assigned to her to learn a novel technique in drug development, which has a limited number of experts around the globe. I started doing what I have been doing for last six years (I was working with less than half of my intensity). During our reviews, she gave me a compliment which I did not see coming: “you are the quickest to learn and show interest on this topic. I have seen none learning this so fast”. That comment was very surprising to me. I have told about what I was going through, and she suggested me how I can turn the things around. From that moment, the change was in the air. My body language slowly started changing. My confidence started coming back. But still, there were few doubts. Because I have the habit of selling myself short and that is not going away in a week or month. One week into altMBA, this was more clear to me, and I was able to realize how limited in thinking I have become.

Part II:

Tasks I need to get done, but not skillful enough to do yourself:

During initial days, I used to think that I have to do everything to make it successful. It seldom happens in this field which needs multiple brains to move different aspects (you need different teams taking decisions on the different part, and those need to align to make the entire project running in harmonic motion). I used to think that I have to run behind everyone to get the things done. I used to take lot of pressure. Funny thing is I only realized later that I am wrong. I have to get that done through project management. After learning this, my life was much happier.

In a young career as a scientist, you may think that you could take few decisions on operational end with your project. However, that need some kind of skill and experience. It is better to leave it to your supervisor and learn from them (yes, there are few I can handle at my level), how they are doing it and slowly get into that decision making process. It wouldn’t take long to get there. You just need to be careful in initial days because anything wrong may lead to loss of immense proportions.

Skills I need to learn and can learn:

All new and emerging techniques that can be learned via reading, discussing with experts, looking and analyzing data.
By attending the conferences and learning from companies that are way forward in science.
Brushing on the previous knowledge of all aspects of Pharmaceutical Industry.
Creating a chance and doing things hands on.

Questions I need to be asking:

How Can I accelerate my pace of learning?
How can I look through the different lens?
How much time should I be spending on the learning aspects to reach the position where I would like to achieve.

Note: Please shoot me as many comments as possible to dig deep.

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CHEERING FOR A BETTER HEALTHCARE

The Future of Big Pharma

1. Assets

A. Considered Assets

-Strong Science with super strong technical folks.
-Strong Marketing Teams across entire globe.
-Tons of libraries of data from decades or even centuries of research.
-Lot of cash to spend on research and development.

B. Altered Assets

-They have a strong marketing team with great skills which means they already know how to penetrate into every inch of health care (including health insurance).

-With a different lens, the technical staff can give life to other biomedical fields like big data of pharmaceutical analysis or bionics, fields so far ignored by Big Biopharmaceutical companies.

C. Reimagined Assets

-By expanding their wings these companies have entire healthcare at their helm. They can enter into health care insurance, to big data to faster drug development to charity work like providing free medications to third world countries.

-Big Pharmaceutical companies can accelerate the drug approval process because of the big data they have. Also, they can help people who are need of aesthetics. They can also reduce health care costs by providing medicines at lower cost by starting their own insurance company.

2. Boundaries

A. Considered Boundaries

-They consider themselves as a company that provides medications (prescription, over the counter, few consumer goods) to serve consumers. (This is a boundary all pharma companies are drawing, they try to break into novel technologies within the field, but not trying to get into new biomedical fields that have disrupting potential)

B. Altered Boundaries

-A wearable industry with the addition of new technologies to increase the big data capacity
.(Like Apple which slowly started digging into health care industry by helping researchers using their health kits.)

C. Reimagined Boundaries

Not having boundaries for anything related to health imaginable including helping third world countries with free or subsidized medications.

3. Narrative Analysis

A. Considered

We are a giant pharmaceutical company focused on health.

B. Altered

We are a healthcare services company who can get drugs into the market in no time and provide medicines at a very affordable cost to anyone.

C. Reimagined

We are a multifaceted healthcare company who cares about all aspects of life.

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HEALTH FOR EVERYONE

The Future of Big Pharma

1. Assets

A. Considered Assets

-Strong Science with super strong technical folks.
-Strong Marketing Teams across entire globe.
-Tons of libraries of data from decades or even centuries of research.
-Lot of cash to spend on research and development.

B. Altered Assets

-They have a strong marketing team with great skills which means they already know how to penetrate into every inch of health care (including health insurance).

-With a different lens, the technical staff can give life to other biomedical fields like big data of pharmaceutical analysis or bionics, fields so far ignored by Big Biopharmaceutical companies.

C. Reimagined Assets

-By expanding their wings these companies have entire healthcare at their helm. They can enter into health care insurance, to big data to faster drug development to charity work like providing free medications to third world countries.

-Big Pharmaceutical companies can accelerate the drug approval process because of the big data they have. Also, they can help people who are need of aesthetics. They can also reduce health care costs by providing medicines at lower cost by starting their own insurance company.

2. Boundaries

A. Considered Boundaries

-They consider themselves as a company that provides medications (prescription, over the counter, few consumer goods) to serve consumers. (This is a boundary all pharma companies are drawing, they try to break into novel technologies within the field, but not trying to get into new biomedical fields that have disrupting potential)

B. Altered Boundaries

-A wearable industry with the addition of new technologies to increase the big data capacity
.(Like Apple which slowly started digging into health care industry by helping researchers using their health kits.)

C. Reimagined Boundaries

Not having boundaries for anything related to health imaginable including helping third world countries with free or subsidized medications.

3. Narrative Analysis

A. Considered

We are a giant pharmaceutical company focused on health.

B. Altered

We are a healthcare services company who can get drugs into the market in no time and provide medicines at a very affordable cost to anyone.

C. Reimagined

We are a multifaceted healthcare company who cares about all aspects of life.

Reflection Summary:

Thank you, Ana, Ty, Stephanie and Covington for helping me dig deep into this assignment. Very insightful and helpful comments.

Gaint Pharmaceutical companies already have significant established research facilities and schools are a non-profit theme that may not work for them. However, they could look into building hospitals to understand healthcare.

Although pharmaceutical companies have to deal with a lot of regulations, expansion into different sectors can be still worked around. If it is done correctly, new laws may be established. If they can go big into everything, they need not worry about pricing pressure, because they are giving themselves a chance to get drugs into market faster which will be good for their business. They can partner with Tech companies to look into biomedical or big data aspects and even into food industries. With all these aspects, pharma companies can refocus themselves as wellness compan

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A Letter From Future

Background:

Until one week of joining altMBA, I was confused about the path I am choosing in general about career and life. Now, things have become clear to me in my head. I have said goodbye to demons. Resistance is a thing of past. I don’t have a product to ship. This article is about becoming the best version of myself in my career.

The Project (The thing that I am interested in accomplishing):

To become the scientist who can solve the problems the quickest in pharmaceutical drug development industry.

What happened: I have done my research on pre-clinical oncology during my Ph.D. I have published ten first author manuscripts and 12 in total. I have about 24 poster presentations at various national and international conferences. I am the Outstanding Graduate Student for the year I graduated. All the above accomplishment sound great. However, when I started the career in Industry, in the field of drug development (which is different from what I have done for my research), I am not at my usual best. I went spiraling into different things. All because the constraints I created for myself.

Thank you altMBA. I did myself a favor by being here at altMBA. It is helping me understand my core values and unleashing my best self.

PART I: Constraints

1. “A different field”: In reality, pre-clinical drug discovery and drug development are different fields. They deal with varying aspects of the Pharmaceutical industry. They have their niche.
This made me think that I am entering into an area of unknown. I was scared. I did not apply myself with the full heart.

(you may ask why I have taken up this job. Well, with the scenario I had in 2012, I applied for over 700 jobs and landed with this one. I did try all sorts of things like calling companies, leaving voicemails, writing to department heads)

2. Lack of mindset:
The fact I forgot to realize is that they may be different, but they are related. Moreover, the role is that of a scientist; it is about problem-solving, something that I learned already. I just needed to apply them wearing a different hat. I lacked the mindset I mentioned above.

3. Fear of losing the job:
Because I did not have the right mindset, I was always scared that people would find my weakness and I may not be capable of handling the things and eventually lose my job.

4. Looking outside instead of looking inside:
I must have started watching inside and understanding what I am capable of achieving and how I could have leveraged the knowledge I already have to solve scientific problems. Instead, I started looking outside to find ways to be more happy, trying to find a job that may be easy or trying hard to get started with the idea that would become an overnight success.

5. Wavering mindset:
Because I was looking outside, I was getting attracted to every new kind of lifestyle entrepreneur out there. I wanted to become a real estate investor and become financially free very soon. And I wanted to do part-time investing which is very tough with a day job. I was trying to stay afloat by standing on two boats at the same time. I was focusing on almost everything instead of focusing intensely on the science.
I was worried about money. I was worried that I may not provide my family. This lead to a lot of suffocation. I was scared that my career is over and I am not going to achieve anything.

6. Rigidity/Resistance/Fixed mindset:
There were times when I thought I could do it. I could become a great scientist again. But resistance has become my enemy. It has told me: “there is a big mountain to climb, this is taught to do it again. Even if you start, you can’t go far ahead and so on….”. I became too rigid. This put me in the fixed mindset.

PART II: Vision

Five years from now, If I was directing the group of Pharmaceutical scientists. Ten or fifteen years from now, I am a Chief Scientific Officer for a large pharmaceutical company.

A letter to myself from a future (15 years from now) me:

“This is possible. You have that capability. Dig deep and see inside. Put all your hard work. Science is an extensive field. But as a scientist, you can think about solutions to any problems. So a change of branch within the same field is not a big deal. In fact, you should leverage what you already know what you are doing. This will help you learn things quickly. Be aggressive. Speak up. Don’t let that lizard brain come in your way. Teams are waiting to be directed by you. Problems are longing to meet their death in your hands. There are companies waiting for you to serve in their board. This is possible, only when you realize that losing a job, if at all happens, is a minor glitch. This is possible, only when you realize that the problems are bigger when you think about them than when you face them. This is only possible when you stop wavering and believing in digging deep. This is possible only when you focus and become best at it. This is possible only when you get rid of your rigidity or resistance. This is possible only when you enter into the growth mindset.

My dear 32 years old myself, there is an entire future waiting to be built. I am waiting here to see you. Good Luck with your journey.”


Note 1: I have not experienced the positiveness the way I experienced while writing the part II.

Note 2: Thank you @Kate, @Thom, and @Heather for lovely and lively discussions this week.

Reflection Summary:

Thank you, Ellie, Lucia, Kate and Francene for reading through my post and giving some thoughts to reflect upon.

My plan to become the quickest problem solver comes from initial hard work. Looking through as much data as possible. Taking an interest in as many projects as possible even though they are not entirely mine. This will be a high learning curve to predict the things based on the data. Once you have that experience, everyone needs that experience in their team.

Recognizing fears is the first step. Going forward, it is about doing what I am best at, which is, Sitting on it. I love to do this. I sit on something until I am involved in it. To put in altMBA words, it is going through emotional labor. To work hard, read more books related to this field and write blogs to help myself and others (there is a lot of satisfaction when you teach others by writing. What I learned will stick in my head).

The excellent finding is the values that I like to live with and to stop wavering to glitters. The ease with which I can do emotional labor or hard work. With demons clear in the head, it is time to get to work.

I am envisioning myself as becoming one of the best scientists ever in pharmaceutical field with eyes on becoming a chief scientific officer. I was worried that I would never become one. But, I realize it is very much possible. I know that with the personality I have, I can do it. I just need that laser focus and hard work to get there.

BRING IT ON!

 

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Hey, Slow Down. Think First, and Then Act

First Things First:

Thank you @Thom, @Heather, and @Kate for having such an excellent discussion today. Thank you for throwing some light on the misconceptions that I had previously.

Background:

I am writing about the incidents from the past. One that cost me and taught me a lesson. Another one is where I applied my experience. There are not two parties involved. It is me talking to another me in my head.

Part A: The “Yes” that cost me:

Six years ago, still fresh out of college. Looking to do something that I would contribute to and love, I was excited to see the message from the HR Coordinator of a company. Initial conversation with him went well. The next day about 3 PM, he asked me when I am available to talk to the hiring manager. Without hesitation, and shamefully (in retrospect) without pausing, I said: ” Tomorrow at 10 AM.”

Next day at 10 AM, I give some excuse at my current company and sit in the car to do my interview with hiring manager. “Tell me about yourself” went well. “Tell me about your experience” went well. Then came several technical questions (this is a scientist position I am interviewing for), for which I was stuttering, I gave answers that do not sound scientific. What a shame, I know the response to all th0se questions. They were in my subconscious mind. I needed little pause and little thinking to answer them right. Haste makes waste. The moment I ended that conversation, I realized all the right answers, but I was disappointed with myself for not answering them correctly. Such a shame. But then, why would I respond well if I have not given myself time to prepare?

The fact that I forgot was, I would be out of my office at 6 PM the previous day to start a 2-hour long commute to home. After reaching home, I will be so tired that I want to munch up something and sleep soon. Next day, again it is going to take 2 hours commute. Where did I have time to prepare for possible questions? Excitement killed my opportunity. Had I paused at that moment, things would have been very different (no point thinking because this is a sunk cost and I have been prospering well, therefore, no complaints).

Part B: Lessons applied:

Last year, I was in search of a second car. I wanted to buy a used car for the 20-minute commute to work every day. I know that a small sedan is more than enough. However, I thought I would shop for a small SUV. I searched for cars online and did my market research and took down all the notes to ensure that I negotiated well. I decided that I will go to this particular dealer. I have test drove several cars. We were at the negotiation table. A salesman told his price, I put forward my offer, he did not like it, I tried explaining to him why that price is reasonable. He then brought his manager; he tried persuading. I explained the manager, how I did my market research him and told him the price I wanted to pay. The opinions are being exchanged, negotiation going on and it is almost the end of the day.

The manager went and sat at his desk chatting with his colleagues or whoever. I went one last time to ask him, he said something to his colleagues, and they started laughing at me. I started walking towards the door and sat in my car and started thinking in my head: “he may be right, his price may be right, I should buy that car for that price.” I decided I will buy and opened the car door and took two steps towards the entrance and paused. I wanted to pause because I remembered how I lost an opportunity before. As I paused, I thought “if I am deciding in haste, it is an emotional decision, so back off.” I went back and sat in my car and drove him.

After about a month, I bought a car that I am still driving for about one-fifth of the price at that dealer. Probably, I got lucky, and things worked out well for me. But, the “pause” helped me.

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David Can Think Better Than Goliath

Part I

Usually, Managers and employees work together as a group and information will flow from down to up, and then decisions are taken by Directors (site leadership team) and General Managers when it comes to site-wide choices. I am not quite sure about how organizational decisions. I believe those decisions lie in the hands of an Executive leadership team. Our executive leadership team is to develop and provide quality and reliable pharmaceutical products to other pharmaceutical companies. We are in Pharmaceutical development and manufacturing service business.

Figure 1: Hierarchy

Figure 2: Decisions

 

Figure 3: Decisions Core 

Part II:

How a small idea from a manager made a revenue generating model for the company

A manager in our organization, who is five levels from the top down has suggested a new business model.

A manager came up with an idea to solve a problem our industry often struggles. This problem come at an early stage of the pharmaceutical development process and not all pharmaceutical companies have access to assess the solution. We, being a pharmaceutical services company, our business model evolved to tackle all the issues related to that particular problem which was not realized before in my organization.

A manager pitched the idea to the senior vice president (SVP) of our executive leadership team. SVP saw the potential in that idea because it solves a major problem and saves time for Pharmaceutical companies during drug development. SVP assembled a team of directors to decide if all groups are willing to involve in this kind of work (this idea different sites to work together in a streamlined process and results need to be delivered in 6 weeks from time of initiation. This is very challenging in the Pharmaceutical world). The great thing about this campaign is once clients come to us for this service, the odds are in our favor to stick with us for further services. That is where the meat is. Upon agreement, this was discussed in executive leadership who gave the nod.

Our company launched the marketing campaign for this platform in a month and revenues started coming.

Reflection Summary:

Thank you, Ana, Lucia, Thomas and Mark for helping me dig deep into this project.

I am at the bottom of the chain. The manager that suggested this idea is someone I have been observing. This particular idea will be accepted even if it is given by employee at the bottom of the chain. The idea was well received because it made perfect sense to everyone and moreover it would generate revenue while providing excellent service to customers.

The manager first discussed this idea with the Director whom she reports to, and he encouraged her to directly pitch it to SVP.
I am not sure if the manager was incentivized. The only thing I know is that she is still working for the company and she is happy.

What I learned from this entire process is that if the idea is genuine and the environment is conducive, people will like it, and they will always encourage. If the environment is not helpful, it may not penetrate well enough. However, it can be tried with persistence to make people understand.

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