Executives Roundtable: Career Advancement & Leadership
US Pacific Time: Jun 14th, 2020, 5:00pm-6:30pm
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The webinar held by Intellipro Group and CABS (Chinese American Bio/Pharmaceutical Society) on June 14, 2020 invited four distinguished guest speakers including Dr. David Gravett , VP of strategy at Poly-Med Inc., Dr. Jen Majeti, head of global collaborations and general manager (China) at Erasca Inc., Dr. Selena Yuan, director of global talent management at Gilead sciences Inc. and Dr Zhenhai Shen, CEO of NewBay pharma Inc.
They shared views about major areas of career transitions from R&D to business operations, the impact of COVID-19 on business operations and management, as well as the differences between working in big corporations and small companies or sartups. The webinar was moderated by Ross, the strategic partnership leader of IntelliPro Group and was processed in the form of Q&A.
The Transition from Realm of Scientific Research to the Real Business World
Dr. Zhenhai Shen: Shifting from academia to the real business settings could be difficult. You need to adapt yourself to a completely new environment and explore from scratch. However, if you’ve already worked in a company, let’s say for example the RD department, it will be easier for the move because you have the opportunities to learn through cross-function rotations and communication with your co-workers.
The biggest challenge is to change the way you work- from a hard-skill oriented and self-presenting perspective to soft skill acquiring like negotiating skills and network building.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Business Operations and Management
Dr. Selena Yuan: As the overall level of education keeps increasing, leadership capability becomes a key point for you to signal yourself in the labor market. Besides some soft skills mentioned by Zhenhai, emotional intelligence is what management can benefit from and should constantly improve that it’s the motivation behind behaviors that could influence the whole team.
Dr. Jen Majeti: Communication, presentation and establishment of relationships are critical skills for people, especially those who are at senior levels.
Criteria for Evaluating Setups
Dr. Jen Majeti: For leadership-ability to raise fund, ability to recruit talent, and ability to execute. The level of the match with the market.
Small Setups vs. Big Corporations-Which to Choose?
Dr. David Gravett: Pros of small companies- good platform for teamwork, facilitating multitasking skills and the gaining of a big picture of the company.
Pros of big companies- training for professionals in specific areas and a lot of resources and opportunities for self-development.
Dr. Selena Yuan: Be aware of your expectation in certain phases of your career and then make the right choice. Small companies may be risker to some extent, but at the same time it can serve as a good preparation and practice before you step into a large corporation.
Dr. Zhenhai Shen: Systemic training provided by big companies is an advantage.
Dr. Zhenhai Shen: Truly listen to other people’s views and don’t prejudge.Don’t focus on disagreement, focus on concerns.
Dr. Jen Majeti: Listening clarifying and negotiation skills are important.React proactively,define the conflict, analyze the conflict of its root cause, and discuss your solution with your manager to get support.
Dr. David Gravett: Communicate early and communicate a lot, boil down to facts, and be objective, document the communication and clarify often.
Dr. Selena Yuan: Choose the right time and manner to deliver your messages.
To sum up, we are living in challenging times and challenges always bring opportunities. Companies that are willing to have the flexibilities to embrace changes and have global perspectives will gain competitive advantages over their competitors.
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Founded in 2009, IntelliPro Group Inc. is one of the fastest-growing IT services and HR solutions companies serving all industries in the Americas & APAC. We provide a scalable continuum of services including IT talent solutions, workforce management strategies, and deliverable-based solutions designed to empower your business. Our client portfolio ranges from Fortune 500 companies and top-tier tech firms to innovative start-ups. By leveraging AI, big data, and network effects, IntelliPro Group Inc. has built its database for talent matchmaking.
The Chinese American Biopharmaceutical Society (CABS) is a non-profit organization for professionals in the biopharmaceutical industry. CABS is headquartered in San Francisco Bay Area, California. CABS is a highly influential association with more than 3000 members and subscribers in the life sciences industry. About 70% of our members have PhD degree relating to life sciences. A considerable proportion of the members are holding senior research and management positions in American and multi-national life sciences corporations. Many of our members are experts and leaders, innovative entrepreneurs, lawyers and venture capitalists or investors in the life sciences sector. CABS is the largest and most active Chinese biopharmaceutical association in Northern America.
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