My six years at Sanofi were really the transition from manager to leader. It wasn’t always easy, but this is where I started to truly apply self-awareness to my tasks and expanded my perspectives to move beyond the day-to-day and focus on the strategic needs of building a quality organization.
I came into the organization really focused on the immediate needs of building a serious change management and change control. This was a site under a consent decree and I felt pressured to have results fast.
Over time, as the consent decree moved to later stages I shifted focus to being less day-to-day and more about implementing continuous improvements and driving a vision of what quality and excellence really could be.
I made mistakes. I had successes. I’m leaving quite proud of what I’ve done and the relationships I’ve built. Relationships I am confident will continue.
I often joke with folks that I started this blog as a public form of journaling. That remains true, and will continue in the future. As I move into my next position, here are my key things to remember:
- Focus on outcomes not deliverables with the long term goal of building a quality culture through innovative digital solutions and thus helping shape not only my organization but others beyond it.
- Don’t just instruct but inspire. Strive toinspire, to motivate, and to communicate the overall quality philosophy at every opportunity. If my coworkers are truly inspired by and proud of the ideals and values that I help communicate, then they will drive even more improvements.
- Communicate Big Quality Ideas. In addition to setting a digital agenda, utilize the platform to create wider strategies for quality, and defining the tone for quality culture by crafting effective, clear, transparent, and consistent messaging that inspires the best.
- Slow down. Be humble. Understand that I do not need to prove myself as the smartest person in every room. Encourage people to speak up, respect differences of opinion and champion the best ideas. Breathe.
Finally, remember the relationships I have and lean into them.
Not sure if these two posts looking forward and back are useful to anyone else, but they certainly position me for starting my new position on Monday.
6 thoughts on “Lessons Learned as a Developing Leader”
First I want to not only say congrats on the new role but more importantly wish you success during your tenure with your new organization. Interestingly enough I read your post and found it interesting and a bit inspiring. We never got a lot of time to collaborate at Sanofi but seeing you characterize your lessons learned provides a different viewpoint and wishes we would have had more opportunities to work together. Good Luck, Enjoy – inspire and grow! John A.
Thanks John. As we both know, this industry is small and we end up working with folks multiple times. I do hope we find ourselves working together soon, I was impressed in the little bit of time we worked togetehr with your skills wrangling cats.