I have been in the Pharmaceutical industry for quite a long time. I worked in a large Pharma company for over 25 years and then have worked in a CRO for nearly 6 years. It feels safe to say that is not an accident. I don’t believe I have ever been offered an opportunity to leave our industry. I can’t imagine being interested.
I am a scientist by training. I enjoy research. Investigating things to which we don’t know the answer. Seeking answers. Learning. We do a lot of research in our work but still – there has to be more to me staying in the pharmaceutical industry than that…after all lots of other industries do research.
In truth, I know it is important to me that our industry delivers medicines that improve our health and improve our lives. Medicines that save lives…medicines that change lives for the better. I am energised by this purpose as an individual, as a patient, as a friend and as a family member. We do a wonderful thing…individually and collectively. We do it for ourselves, for people we know and for people we have never met…nor will we ever meet.
I work with exceptional people. This past week I was on the US East Coast where I met with three distinct but exceptional groups of colleagues. Leaders, colleagues, old friends and new acquaintances. I enjoyed myself. I learned so much. I laughed so much. We worked so hard. I slept too little. I asked the occasional question. I thought about situations, opportunities and challenges – both new and old.
But I was always with people – nearly always. I listened intently. To what they said and what they asked. What excited them and what concerned them. I watched in awe as ideas were created and problems were solved. New ways of looking to seize potential opportunities and solve particular situations. Great ideas for better options of how to move forward. Ideas I would never have come up with myself.
Exceptional people who asked me about me. And asked about you. People who care about me…and as much about us. People who care about what we do…and as much about how we do it. Exceptional people who give me energy and who inspire me. People like you.
I am proud and lucky to always have had opportunity to work with exceptional people. People who share a similar purpose to me. I know I work with exceptional people today. I remember vividly the exceptional people I worked with yesterday, last week, last year, 10 years ago.
Ours is a continually evolving industry and company. There is, always has been, and always will be change. Big, small, good, not so good. But change is associated – always – with opportunity. Opportunity for to reveal our true potential. As individuals. In teams. Rapidly. Gradually. Incrementally. Innovatively. Personally. Our extraordinary potential.
I don’t know what my potential is. I know I have learned so much. I hope I have helped some. But I know there is so much potential in front of me – in front of us. Extraordinary potential to help more, learn more, grow more, experience more, meet more, deliver more, believe more and enjoy more.
I know many others will help me realise that potential. Anything and everything good I’ve ever been lucky enough to be involved in, has always involved others. I am never alone.
I also know I have a role to play. I can and will change my future…today, next week, this year, next year. To help realise my potential. Our potential together.
I can’t and won’t do it alone. And anyway, I don’t want to.