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11 Must-Reads of 2013

11 Must-Reads for Life Science Trainers & Educators

Are you looking for rich and insightful articles to boost your career and amp-up your training programs in 2014? We asked our team to share their favorite 2013 Focus and Bonus Focus articles. And what we found was so good we couldn't even keep it to a top-ten!

#1 -- EQ in the Workplace – Why It Should and Does Matter

In this Bonus Focus post, Shawn Andrews explores how emotional intelligence plays out in the workplace. And while success is still often measured by productivity, outputs, sales and the like, there is evidence to suggest that EQ plays a much more significant role in success. Read full article.

#2 -- The 7 Deadly Mistakes of Coaching

Leader development expert Eric Kaufmann walks through the Do's and Dont's of coaching. Coaching can be a valuable talent development tool but only if it is effective. Learn how mistakes such as Windbagging, Straining and Discounting can put the ninja death star through your efforts. Read full article.

#3 -- The 7 Talents of the Best Managers

How can you set yourself apart as a top manager? What is your organization doing to develop their managers? Find out what business experts and studies show are 7 seven major keys to success. Read full article.

#4 -- Going Global: 10 Fatal Mistakes

Your sister company halfway across the company wants a customized learning solution for their team. Author, Barri Blauvelt of . What By Barri M. Blauvelt of Innovara, Inc. shares the ten biggest pitfalls and how you can avoid them. Read full article.

#5-- Strategic L&D: Are You Increasing Your Company’s Ability to Execute?

How can business leaders grow their ability to execute? In this article, authors Tom Hilgart and Chip Cleary explain how a company’s ability to execute depends on it having the right talent in the right places. In turn, business leaders depend on how well their companies build talent. Read full article.

#6-- Building Better Vendor-Supplier Relationships -- Members Only!

Steve Woodruff explains how to get the most out of your vendor relationships. Read full article.

#7 -- New Feature! Member Solutions: Focus on Mentoring -- Members Only!

SPBT's very own Dawn Brehm explores how mentoring and being mentored impacts professional development and how to find your match and make the most of the experience. Read full article.

#8 -- Building a World-Class Training Organization -- Members Only!

Learn what makes successful companies tick and how your organization can learn from and apply some of the same tactics. Read full article.

#9 -- Is Your Elevator Pitch Ready?-- Members Only!

Presentation expert Kate Tunison details the secret to memorable and successful elevator pitches. Read full article.

#10 -- Remembering Lessons Long after Class -- Members Only!

With most studies indicate a knowledge loss of over 70%-90% after a training event. How can you ensure your training is one that extends beyond the classroom. Read full article.

#11 -- Corporate Athlete: Increasing Employee Engagement -- Members Only!

Senior director of commercial leadership development at Allergan, Jim Trunick explores what it means to be a corporate athlete and how increasing workplace demands do not equate to longer hours. Read full article.


Focus is SPBT's quarterly magazine and free to our members, available both in a print and digital version. A longstanding resource for trainers in the life sciences, it offers case studies and expert commentary on trends, news, and analysis related to healthcare training and development.

Focus is mailed directly to more than 1,300 top-level decision-makers in leading pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies across the world. Focus editorial is guided by an editorial board of industry experts.

SPBT also offers Bonus Focus, featuring additional Web-only content.

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