Global Program Management Lead of Devices at Shire
JuntoMentor: EdgeOne Medical (J5)
"You have to take calculated risks. Leaders have to be able to make decisions at times when they don’t have all the information, and commit to those decisions even when they’re risky."
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
My favorite book on leadership is Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet. It’s a true story of a Navy commander who ran a nuclear submarine, and how we turned his team into a group leaders and elevated the level of their performance.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
The majority of my background and expertise is in medical devices and diagnostics, and with software and hardware intensive products. My function has been to lead teams that develop such products.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
You have to take calculated risks. Leaders have to be able to make decisions at times when they don’t have all the information, and commit to those decisions even when they’re risky.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
That sports analogy of teams and coaches...the best leaders are really the best coaches. People that could not just tell you what to do, but communicate the objectives and then help you be successful as a team. Those types of leadership styles are valuable and they were the ones that I most enjoyed working for.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
I would love if there was a way to incorporate more of a “product portfolio” in my profile. I’ve had the chance to help develop and bring to market a lot of really innovative products, and my profile doesn’t tell the whole story of all the projects that I’ve worked on.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working with a pharma company, developing digital medicine and connected health software applications.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
How many shared experiences and common challenges we actually have with fellow mentors and with mentees.
What is your superpower?
Tenacity. I’m always committed and willing to do what it takes to be successful.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
Trust. Most of the time people have good intentions.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
At our last mentor team meeting, it was more of a debrief session where everyone could relax and talk about what we’ve learned and what we’ve seen or accomplished. I felt that we [the Mentors] really had a big impact on the company and were a cohesive group of people that worked well together.