Event recap: The Impact of Strong Leadership on Organizations during Times of Change

Ms. Tomasello shared great insights from her career experiences and leadership opportunities on how to succeed during times of change. She shared examples from her leadership experience over many years within different organizations. Ms. Tomasello discussed her understanding and how she progressed through the Eight-Stage Process of Creating Major Change framework explained by J. Kotter in his book Leading Change (1996) and article Leading Change: Why Transformational Efforts Fail (1995). Many could relate to her stories on how the healthcare industry is undergoing a huge transformation which is unsettling to many but how we could identify and overcome these difficulties.

Speaker:
Shawn Tomasello
, corporate vice president general manager, US Commercial at Celgene

Ms. Tomasello shared great insights from her career experiences and leadership opportunities on how to succeed during times of change. She shared examples from her leadership experience over many years within different organizations. Ms. Tomasello discussed her understanding and how she progressed through the Eight-Stage Process of Creating Major Change framework explained by J. Kotter in his book Leading Change (1996) and article Leading Change: Why Transformational Efforts Fail (1995). Many could relate to her stories on how the healthcare industry is undergoing a huge transformation which is unsettling to many but how we could identify and overcome these difficulties.

She emphasized the need to know yourself well and finding your own brand in the organization. One of the main points she made was to communicate your vision for the team or the organization clearly and packaging it well so that everybody can be on board without much misunderstanding. She provided several examples on how important it is to communicate the culture of an organization when going through major changes such as mergers and acquisitions or adapting to new healthcare reforms.  She explained how good communications also help leaders to identify the pitfalls, possibilities and see how organizations can lead the way to the new healthcare environment where Healthcare Reform, reduced sales forces, biosimilars and fewer branded pharmaceutical products is becoming the norm.

April 19 Event

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