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Do you have potential? Seems like an innocent question, and of course we all like to think that we would answer the question in the affirmative. But a recent article in the Harvard Business Review puts that question in a new context for successful leaders considering new opportunities. The author makes a compelling argument for the evolution of how candidates are evaluated and even more prescient, how successful they may be, based on certain attributes. The complexity of organizations and the rapid assimilation of new technologies req...

 The fact that woman continue to be under represented in key areas of the work place is nothing new. Less than five percent of the Fortune 1000 companies are led by woman. Although woman earn about half the doctorates in science and engineering, they account for less than 25% of the full time professor positions. This leadership gap is compounded by a wage gap where woman are paid less for the same job. In 2012, earnings for women in full-time management, professional, and related occupations were only 72% of men’s....

You’ve come up with a great idea, drafted a business plan, researched the market, obtained the IP, and courted investors to close on financing. You’re exhilarated. I know this, because I’ve seen it so often with start-up clients at the Sonder Group, and before that at NewcoGen (a Flagship Ventures fund). You’re exhausted, too. And you’re just in time for one of the most demanding, delicate, and make-or-break balancing acts you’ll ever face: hiring your team.

When money is tight, always to use your own network first. That’s common advic...

Having just returned from the ASHG (American Society for Human Genetics) meeting in San Francisco, it occurred to me to share three top things to consider when networking at meetings. Whether you are trying to do a business development deal, start a scientific collaboration or network for your next job, here are three things to consider;

1. Plan ahead: We are all busy in our daily lives. It is easy to jump on that plane and figure out what you are doing at the conference while you pursue the schedule over coffee on the first day. Inste...

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