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to do something outside of work to keep you fresh. I love

we could get from wearables. He talked to me about what

technology, and I've always looked for opportunities to

he wants to do in the biotech industry and the impact

learn and make an impact beyond the job I was doing or

he wants to have on our patients' lives. He expects me

the specific position I was holding.

to connect technology to the achievement of those goals.

Take the road less traveled. As I said, this
phrase in some ways defines my career. Don't limit

That's what propels me forward.
My 17-year-old stepdaughter, Sarah, is an extremely

yourself to one industry simply because that's where

smart, extremely independent young lady who is keeping

you've spent a good part of your career. Expand your

all her options open and recognizes she can do anything

horizons, leave IT, leave your industry, try something

that she sets her mind to. The discussions we have aren't

new, move back - simply be open to possibilities you

centered around, "You are good at math and therefore

never imagined before. Remove your own boundaries.

you should go into the sciences." The discussions we

Keep an Eye on the Big Picture

have are around what situations motivate her, what
she would like to create, improve, deliver, drive. These
conversations help keep the focus on goals versus the

For me, the most important thing to learn in whatever

means to get there, which is a secondary step. Focusing

industry or business you're in is how to apply technology

on strong goals makes the means achievable.

to make a difference to end customers.
When George Scangos, Biogen's CEO, talked to me
about joining the company, he didn't talk about the big
data analytics tools that we could develop or the insights

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