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 Let’s assume you have decided it’s time for a new direction in your career and you just received a great offer letter. Congratulations!  But don’t sign just yet. If you live in states other than California, or a handful of others, make sure to read the fine print with the offer – especially the Non Compete Agreement (NDA). They are legal documents that companies rely on to protect confidential information, and intellectual property. It makes sense that companies should have some sort of agreement with employees to control sharing of...

My first job was as a Production Biochemist at Collaborative Research (now part of BD Biosciences). Having no practical experience in protein purification, other than in my college courses, I was delighted to learn the protocols for transforming a mush of homogenized mouse submaxillary glands into vials of epithelial growth factor used by researchers all over the world to help cure cancer. After about a year, I asked my boss “So, why did you hire me?”  He answered something like you went to a good college and you come across as a quic...

Early in my career, I decided to leave my sales management position with a stable multi-national company to join a fast growing, risky start-up in California. Fortunately, the move from Pharmacia (now GE Healthcare) to Applied Biosystems (now Thermo) was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Though Applied Biosystems eventually played a major role in the success of the Human Genome Project, my decision to join was made long before that project had gained any real momentum. Many start-ups have similar revolutionary plans, but not...

To Give or not to give, that is the question… But the answer seems obvious when you listen to Adam Grant, Bob Burg and John David Mann. Adam, a Professor of Management at Wharton School, earned a Ph.D. in organizational psychology after attending Harvard. He is an expert in the field of motivation, pro-social giving and collegial behaviors. His new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, is gaining a lot of attention. His main premise is that helping others is not a time guzzling chore but rather a powerful motivator...

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