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  • 19 interpersonal skills every manager needs

    May 25, 2017

    People or interpersonal skills, also known as “soft skills” include things like negotiating, morale building, and maintaining relationships. In addition to technical skills, these soft skills are considered necessary skills for all successful leaders to possess.

    ResourcefulManager, a website that is dedicated to helping managers become more effective at their jobs, notes that “Technical aptitude and business savvy aren't worth much if leaders don't have the people skills to execute them." An article written by ResourcefulManager lists 19 of these soft skills that they think all leaders should have, as well tips to hone them.

    First is the ability to listen. The best communicators are not only skilled at putting their own thoughts together, but they are also great listeners.

    “We tend to associate being the loudest voice in the room with power and control, but successful leaders understand the importance of listening to others’ thoughts and ideas,” according to the article, which suggests giving a speaker your undivided attention while taking notes, reserving judgment, and being open to opinions. From there, the article notes other more ...

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  • An incredible life

    May 25, 2017

    On May 10, 2017, we lost Gerry Beauchamp. His passing is of great significance to countless numbers of people, but his memory will live on. One of the most remarkable impressions that Gerry left on me was his innate ability to achieve success by building upon relationships built through his extraordinary social skills. I am sharing this with all of you because the impact that Gerry left on me and others can be a lesson for all.

    May 2017

    By Curtis Sprouse

    Gerry had an incredible ability to have a positive impact on everyone he encountered. This extraordinary ability allowed him to affect diverse communities of people. Over the last few weeks I have spent a lot of time thinking about this incredible person. I did not know him well, but rather I knew well of him. Gerry touched the lives of so many in a such a special way that I hoped to explore his gifts and to better understand myself by writing this article.

    Gerry had an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology; it is fair to say he understood people. What was incredible about him was his ability to connect to others,...

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  • Decision making lessons to be learned from Tom Brady

    Feb 22, 2017

    Sticking with the theme of the Super Bowl, we wanted to take a look at some decision making lessons that can be learned from Tom Brady.

    Forbes author Erik Larson posits that—love him or hate him—Tom Brady can provide us all with some good examples of how to make better decisions at work. Larson first brings us back to the year 2000, when Tom Brady was in his rookie season for the Patriots, having completed one of three passes for six yards. Spergon Wynn, also a rookie that year, completed 2 of 5 passes for 15 yards for the Minnesota Vikings. If both players had quit after their first game, he said, they both could have bragged about having played in the NFL, while Wynn would have bene able to say he threw for more yards.

    Most of the time, when it comes to making business decisions, people are like Brady and Wynne circa 2000, suggests Larson. We’ve been there before, once, and in many instances, we can speak with authority just because we’ve been there, while being able to convince others we know what we are talking about. However, facing a business decision just one time does not teach you much more than what can be learned from a quarterback’s...

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  • Winning Super Bowls against all odds: The new way to leverage HR business partners

    Feb 22, 2017

    By: Curtis R. Sprouse

    February 2017

    The recent Super Bowl provides us a perfect example of how an extraordinary team effort can overcome what appear to be insurmountable circumstances to achieve an objective.

    Bill Belichick and his coaching staff architected what is possibly the greatest half of a football game ever played. Tom Brady led the on-field execution of what had to be a perfect half. But make no mistake, this was a team effort. It required each man to perform at his very best. The outcome was victory for the New England Patriots and the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

    Executives are constantly challenged with what appears to be insurmountable circumstances. The loss of patent protection on key assets, new competitive threats, fluctuation in international economies, failed research and development efforts, political change, and many other factors pose threats to many aspects of business continuity and growth.

    Leaders are constantly focused on ways to better achieve business objectives in the face of adversity. These efforts manifest any action including, but not limited to reorganiz...

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  • Leadership in the age of smart machines

    Dec 14, 2016

    Within the next decade, businesses of all sizes will have to deal and adapt to advances in technology, including artificial intelligence, global digital connectivity, the Internet of Things, big data, increasing computing power, Cloud AI SaaS services, 3D manufacturing, robotics, and the beginning of artificial emotional intelligence, according to an article from The Darden School of Business—the graduate business school associated with the University of Virginia.

    These advances, according to the article, could transform how business are staffed, operated, and managed, while changing the nature and availability of work in our society. The advances will also infuse smart technology and data science into all business functions, commoditize operational excellence, and make innovation and human performance the primary value creation differentiators, according to the school, which The Economist ranked as the world’s best educational experience from 2011-2015.

    In order to lead in the age of smart machines such as the ones mentioned above, author Professor Edward D. Hess says that the CEO of the future will need to become the chief enabling o...

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  • EurekaConnect 2016 Year End update

    Dec 14, 2016

    By: Curtis R. Sprouse

    December 2016

    EurekaConnect (EC) made a number of great advances in 2016, starting with version five of its EurekaConnect Behavioral Dynamics (ECBD) program.

    The updated version of the ECBD program now includes an Acumen model that helps participants understand the intersection of interpersonal skills and situational adaptability. The ECBD Individual Development Plan (IDP) has expanded analysis sections for each behavioral model and improved graphics the help participant’s better focus development. Training has been refined based on feedback from more than 1,000 training session participants. Furthermore, the updated training more effectively integrates exercises and leadership theory in the context of the participants individual and team profiles to provide participants a real world experience and examples of success and challenges.

    As part of our continuing effort to encourage participants and teams to use the ECBD program on a day-to-day basis, we have created more learning tools to used individually and while working with other members of participant’s teams. The Personal Object...

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  • Moral compass leadership advice

    Oct 26, 2016

    Relevant to the October article on moral compass, truth, and selective perception is this article from Anthony Howard, Global CEO Mentor and Coach, who is also an author and keynote speaker on human-centered leadership.

    In his LinkedIn article, Howard talks about his time spent on the sea, where he used a compass to navigate through reefs and shoals and around the Australian coast. He notes that, in terms of the equipment on the ship, a compass is perhaps the most important thing to have. He then compared his experiences on the sea to the hazards that many leaders face in life, some of which are obvious, some hidden, and some lurking just below the surface.

    One thing they have in common, he notes, is that a compass is required to navigate safely, but in this case, it is the moral compass. The moral compass helps you keep pointed toward “true north,” toward what is beautiful, true, and good, and toward your ultimate purpose. Today, the need for a moral compass is more important than ever and just as a crew trusted him to navigate safely, so too do people trust their leaders to choose wisely, and choose well.

    In the remainder of the art...

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  • Moral Compass, Truth, and Selective Perception

    Oct 26, 2016

    By: Curtis R. Sprouse

    October 2016

    As Americans, we have only a few weeks to contemplate our choices for many public offices. We will make decisions on the local, state, and national level. Over the last year, we have been exposed to numerous sources of information that are meant to shape and influence our decisions. As I contemplate the information and choices before me, I can’t help to think about how others will make these decisions.

    On a daily basis, I deal with executives who seek to be better people and stronger leaders. My team utilizes validated instruments (assessments), data, and a lot of time helping these individuals understand the concepts of moral compass, truth, and selective perception, and where they currently stand relative to these important concepts. I believe these principles should guide one’s decisions in all aspects of life, but it is often difficult to know what the reality of the situation is, what the truth is, and in some cases— what is morally the best decision.

    Our current political environment is a perfect example, as the information presented to us by the media clouds reality manip...

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  • Leadership lessons from the Rio Olympics

    Aug 24, 2016

    In the article I wrote about striving for perfection to achieve excellence, I talked about some of the lessons learned from the Rio Olympics.

    Specifically, I wrote that people looking to better themselves in all aspects of life can learn some valuable things about striving for perfection, and how this can lead to improvements. Relevant to this notion is an article I found in Forbes, which provides three lessons for business leadership from the Rio Olympics.

    In the article, Forbes author Andrew Cave talks about an interview he held with Jonathan Priestly, Senior Vice President of Collaboration and Engagement Software Firm MultiTaction, who provided three key insights that can be drawn from Britain’s recent Olympic success, and how that applies to leadership in the business world.

    The first tip says “Targeted investment maximizes return.” Priestly believes, according to the interview, that many businesses could benefit from a level of focus similar to that employed by Britain after 2012. After London 2012, Britain’s sporting chiefs were reportedly...

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  • Striving for Perfection to Achieve Excellence

    Aug 24, 2016

    By Curtis Sprouse

    August 2016

    Striving for perfection to achieve excellence is not a new concept. One can find quotes from hundreds of people who have espoused this concept, including Aristotle, Plato, Confucius, Jobs, and Lombardi, to name a few.

    As I watched the Rio Olympics, I was constantly reminded of this concept. Over a two-week period, more than 11,000 athletes provided us with numerous examples of individuals who have spent years striving for perfection with the goal of achieving excellence in what in some cases will need to be achieved in seconds.

    On occasions, we were graced with performances that seem to deify our very view of perfection. Anyone who has not watched Yana Kudryavtseva (Russia) in her rhythmic gymnastics routine must do so. I watched in amazement as she navigated the floor in unity with her environment and a simple round ball. Mo Farah’s (UK) performance in the 10,000 m run is yet another example of perfection under stress. Farah was tripped by a training partner shortly into the start of the race. He picked himself up off the track and started to run. Not only did he participate, but he end...

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  • Why successful leaders have peer mentors

    Jun 29, 2016

    Of particular relevance to my article on the Mentor Accountability Program is this piece from Business Insider, which highlights a number of reasons that successful leaders use peer mentors.

    Many experts say that the most successful leaders are those who actively seek feedback and advice from the people they work with, according to the article.

    Suzanne Bates, CEO of Bates Communications and author of the book “All the Leader You Can Be,” notes that seeking feedback on your performance is paramount to developing executive presence, which she defines as “the qualities of a leader that engage, inspire, align, and move people to act.

    Bates goes on to tell Business Insider that “people who have peer mentors (and mentors), tend to rise faster through their organization that people who do not use them. A peer mentor, she says, is someone who holds a similar level position as you, and is someone who will help you think of yourself as “someone with something to give.”

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  • Mentor Accountability Program: Are you and your company ready for the new world?

    Jun 29, 2016

    June 2016

    By Curtis Sprouse

    It is more important now than ever that we focus on our personal and professional development given the changing world we live in. Personal and professional development is challenging given the multiple demands placed on our time and the quickly changing societal landscape.

    Changes and Threats:

    We face many challenges that include, but are not limited to, the development and maintenance of careers in a society that is experiencing, and will continue to experience, significant job loss (see How Technology IS Destroying Jobs by David Rotman, June 12, 2013 in MIT Technology Review.) We are challenged to raise families in a society that has economic uncertainty, growing drug use and abuse, and expanding threats from radical groups.

    Numerous countries continue to amass debt and struggle with governmental policy changes that affect imports and exports. The world economies face numerous international threats including unstable currencies, terrorism, technological advances, and an ed...

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  • Kelly McGonigal: How to be good at stress

    May 18, 2016

    Since Stanford University psychologist’s Kelly McGonigal’s 2013 TED talk was referenced above, I thought it would be a prudent move to provide some details on McGonigal’s take on stress, and how people can be “good” at it, and what that really means.

    She explains that being “good” at it, doesn’t just mean that you don’t get stressed out, and that you stay clam under pressure. McGonigal suggests that the truth of stress, to her, shows two important things. First, trying to avoid stress is fundamentally counterproductive, and second, thinking that we can emerge from stressful circumstances unscathed and unchanged is exactly the wrong way of thinking.

    Instead, McGonigal says, people should start thinking about how to have the courage to grow from stress a view that was first described by psychologist Salvatore Maddi, who founded the Hardiness Research Lab at the University of California Irvine. Maddi dedicated his career to identifying what distinguishes people who thrive under stress form those who are defeated by it. The ones who thrive, he found, are those who view stress as inevitable, and rather than try to avoid it, they look for ways to engage...

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  • Victim or Master of Stress

    May 18, 2016

    By Curtis R. Sprouse

    May 2016

    Day in and day out, we all encounter stress, but as individuals, we have different responses to stress. Using EurekaConnect, LLC (EC) data, people reporting high levels of stress, (Stability scores below 20%) who also report that stress negatively impacts confidence (low Expertise score), the speed with which they navigate life (moderate to low Energy), their ability to control situations (moderate to low Dominance), their ability to set goals (moderate to low Discipline) and or Interpersonal behaviors (low combinations of Social Skills, Goodwill, Communication and Collaboration)—are compromising their ability to leverage talent and achieve objectives.

    Not only do they compromise performance and limit their ability to use their talents with consistency, but they can affect their health and happiness. In a study conducted at University of Wisconsin-Madison with 29,000 people over eight years, there was a 43% increase in risk of death when people reported high levels of stress and believed that stress had a large impact on health.

    The good news is that people can learn to change the wa...

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  • ECEF launches Institute for Biomedical Entrepreneurship

    Mar 25, 2016

    The EurekaConnect Executive Forum (ECEF) launched its inaugural meeting of industry executives from pharmaceutical, biotech, venture, academic, government and supporting Industries in September of 2015 with the goal of developing a new model that would address the knowledge gap and funding gap that slows or halts the advancement of science and technology that will save lives and improve health and wellness.

    As a result of the September meeting and subsequent work done by the ECEF members, the Institute for Biomedical Entrepreneurship (IBE) has been founded. This organization will be the entity that carries out the plan of action developed by the ECEF members. From April 14-15, the growing ECEF membership will meet again at the Executive Forum in Boston to refine the Education initiative and Accelerator model, (IBE) that is being put in place to address this significant opportunity, to better leverage the extensive research done at academic institutions and small start-ups more efficiently using resources and capital.

    >>>View the IBE Executive Summary. ...

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Upcoming events

  • MAGI's Clinical Research Conference - 2013 West

    Curtis Sprouse and Ross Giombetti of Giombettis Associates in Hampden, MA will be featured speakers at the MAGI Conference West.

    The Venetian & Palazzo Resorts. Las Vegas, NV

    Oct 27–30, 2013

  • MAGI's Clinical Research Conference - 2014 East

    Ross Giombetti and Curtis Sprouse will be featured presenters at the Spring Conference.

    The Loews Hotel. Philadelphia, PA

    May 04–07, 2014

  • EurekaConnect Executive Forum

    Inaugural one and a half day Executive Forum focusing Operations/Best Practices, Team/Leadership, Capital/Funding

    Boston MA. Boston, MA

    Sep 24–25, 2015

  • MAGI's Clinical Research Conference - 2015 East

    Curtis Sprouse will be speaking at the MAGI Conference on F516 Career Development, and W204 Building & Sustaining High-Performance Teams

    The Renaissance Capital View Hotel. Arlington, VA

    May 17–20, 2015

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