November 20, 2011
Washington’s support is critical in protecting the only sector that demonstrated job gains, in Arizona and in Tucson in 2010.”
Last week I had the opportunity to share my opinion on some of the key decisions that the Super Committee is grappling with that could have a lasting impact on our community and our state. Southern Arizona and especially Tucson is leading in bringing life changing innovation to the world. This is what I shared as seen in Inside Tucson Business
“Next Wednesday, Nov. 23, is the deadline when the Congressional “super committee” is supposed to present its cohesive cost-savings plan. This 12-member panel, among them Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., has been grappling with the monumental task of slashing $1.5 trillion from the federal budget for months.
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July 3, 2011
If you are working on growing your business, you can expect to hear talk about the importance of building a brand. There are branding companies, branding consultants, branding experts, branding strategists, and so on and so on. All of them want to help you grow your business by creating a brand presence in the mind of your current and future customers.
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May 31, 2011
Whether you are a beginner or a pro, when it comes to winning in the innovation game, sometimes you need that extra edge.
Most innovators can tell you that success is tied to a number of factors. When they come together in the right order and with the right combinations, it can lead to a winning run. It’s a bit like a game of pool. Read the rest of this entry »
May 8, 2011
Leaders wear many hats. Good ones are visionaries, coaches, cheerleaders and trailblazers. Yet when times get tough or change happens, the chief role of a leader becomes that of a trouble shooter with the responsibility for preparing the team for immediate action. As they say in the movies…It’s time to lock and load.
April 17, 2011
As I go about my day, I wear a hat or two or three. I’m a Mom, a wife, a non-profit executive, a CEO, a board member, an investor and a few other things. Across them all, it it all ties back to one thing. I need the help and support of others to get the job done. This week, at one of my many meetings, a fellow board member shared a thought that has really stayed with me. “We need to provide value BEFORE we ask for support.” As I have continued through my week, that message kept coming back to me. Read the rest of this entry »
April 11, 2011
This week, Tuesday in fact, I have my first BIG meeting as the President and CEO of AZBIO, the Arizona BioIndustry Association. It’s probably the most important meeting we will have all year – the first phase of our strategic planning process.
There will be other important events and meetings through out the year, but this one lays the foundation for what we will do and who we will do it for. Read the rest of this entry »
April 3, 2011
We’ve all been there. Those times when we have so much to do that we’re just not sure how it will all get done. Emails are pouring in. Reports are due. The phone won’t stop ringing. New social media communication tools are pinging you from all sides. A new crisis has just popped up and you have not finished dealing with the old one! Each forms a link in a chain that has you attached to your desk. Read the rest of this entry »
March 19, 2011
Leadership is a popular word these days. Consultants preach it, journalists either praise it or bemoan it, companies, boards investors and customers demand it.
The days when leaders were anointed at birth, except in a very few cases, are long gone. Today’s leaders may have great power… or none depending on the authority they wield. But whatever level that may be, with leadership comes a corresponding measure of responsibility.
“For of those to whom much is given, much is required”
Bible (Luke 12:48)
Through the ages it has been written that leadership and responsibility go hand in hand. Today, leadership takes many forms. We lead people in organizations. We lead with thoughts, ideas, and experience. We lead in the development of processes and products. As leaders, however and where ever we may lead, it is important to remember, leadership is not something that is merely handed to us, it is a privilege that must be continually earned. For when our leadership falters, others cease to follow. If others choose not to follow, we are not leading, we are simply walking alone. Read the rest of this entry »