Onsite Insight…

I am often asked where I am. In fact it one of the most common questions I get. Where are you today? Which country are you in? When were you last home? As a question it is not surprising really – it’s more a consequence of working for a global company with multiple sites and partners in multiple countries.

But I always appreciate it when anyone takes time to ask me any of these questions. Anyone who cares enough to ask about me – or is interested enough to care – is good to talk to and better to know. The same logic applies if anyone wonders if I travel too much…or not; work too hard…or not; do the right thing…or not. It is all good for me. It feels good to know that people care enough about me to think, ask or suggest.

Of course I like it most when I can answer that I am in the UK or at home. It is always good to be at home. Even if I have to preface my answer with those dreaded words ‘…well I flew back over night, but’. It is good to have a home-base.

One of my best friends at work recently pointed out to me that the only time they really know where I am is when I am in the same room as they are. Technology helps here of course. I can send emails and make phone calls from anywhere there is a cell signal or Wi-Fi network. And with my smart phone I always appear to be calling from the same place whether I am in USA, China or UK.

That having been said, it is often that the real benefit – the added value – from being on Site rather than in a hotel room, or an airport, or even at home are those impromptu interactions we can experience. Occasionally colleagues find each other on a table or at a computer or just sitting alone…and then just talk. In person…in real time….in real life!

I had one such interaction last week. I was sat there alone thinking people and schedule; budgets and investments; risks and opportunity; travel and visitors – whilst also keeping an eye on the sport and messaging my children – when my one of my favourite global colleague arrived…and promptly said hello and sat down next to me.

Not that I needed any encouragement, but we were soon in deep conversations about people and projects; this year end and next year start; retention and recruitment; people; investments and impact (budgets only came up when I bought the drinks).

Our discussion rapidly moved to centre on people – people we had both worked with (who all seem to be doing very well). People we have both met, and people we are both working with today. I think a great deal about people and teams and interactions and motivations…so I felt I knew a lot about our topics of discussion. I was informed…I was ready.

Did I know this individual’s passion? What did I see as the driver for the dynamics of this team? Could I explain these actions and reactions? No. I was flummoxed. I had no idea.

I sat and I listened and I learned. Different observations based on different experiences and different viewpoints. Priceless interpretations.

I was less thirsty by the end of our discussion but so much more informed, and aware and engaged and excited. And empowered and ready. I never cease to be amazed at how much opportunity we have to learn from each other and our experiences.

In person and in contact…in sight insights…




About Steve Street

I have worked in R&D within the Pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years. Up until April 2012 all of my career had been with one company, but that has now changed. I left that company and took up a new role on May 1, 2012 - still very much within the Pharmaceutical industry and again based in the UK. I have been blogging every week now for over 10 years but only on an external site since January 2012. Email updates of the blogs can be requested using the ‘follow’ option within Wordpress. The blogs are only ever my personal view of what I see, think and feel. I am delighted if you agree and find value; happy if you disagree with my views and overjoyed if you feel motivated to comment. Most of all I am simply grateful that you read. Cheers Steve
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1 Response to Onsite Insight…

  1. Dope. I’m going to follow you for more stuff. Maybe you’d return the favor and check out my latest blog post? Thanks! http://bit.ly/5amPost

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